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  1. 4 Trends in the ETF Market to Date in 2016 (SPY)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about four emerging ETF trends in 2016, including what they signal about broader trends in investing and the financial ...
  2. Are ETFs Going to Replace Hedge Funds?

    April 19, 2016
    Examine whether ETFs can take significant market shares from hedge funds. Hedge funds have seen their heyday, but ETFs are ...
  3. Discover Financial Earnings on Tap, What to Expect? (DFS)

    April 19, 2016
    With its shares down 3% year-to-date and 12% over the past year, Discover Financial can become a solid bounce back candidate ...
  4. Netflix Stock Tanks 10% on Weak Sub Guidance

    April 19, 2016
    Netflix faces a growing number of digital competitors not just from Amazon, but also from Hulu, HBO Now and YouTube.
  5. Can a Dose of CVS Health Revive Your Portfolio? (CVS)

    April 19, 2016
    CVS will send its dividend payment on May 2 to shareholders of record as of April 22.
  6. SGENX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 19, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the First Eagle Global Fund, and study how the fund's makeup has evolved between March 2015 and ...
  7. Are Low-Debt Oil Companies Your Best Friend Right Now? (TSO, ...

    April 19, 2016
    Discover why falling oil prices are causing many oil companies to file for bankruptcy, and how low-debt oil companies and ...
  8. The 4 Largest Commodity ETFs (GLD, IAU)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about the pros and cons of commodity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as well as the four largest commodity ETFs and the ...
  9. The Debt Report: The Utilities Sector

    April 19, 2016
    Discover how blue chip U.S. utilities companies are using debt, and why it was important for the industry to deleverage after ...
  10. (MO) Who are Altria's Main Competitors?

    April 18, 2016
    Learn about the financial profile of Altria Group and three of its competitors. Discover why these companies have performed ...
  11. Autodesk Adds Rendering Solutions With Solid Angle

    April 18, 2016
    Design software specialist Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) is under pressure from not one but two activist investors, as the company ...
  12. DODGX: A Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 18, 2016
    Review a volatility and modern portfolio theory statistics case study of the Dodge & Cox Stock Fund, and consider whether ...
  13. New LinkedIn App Targets College Grads

    April 18, 2016
    Of LinkedIn's (NYSE: LNKD) $2.99 billion in revenue last year, a whopping $1.88 billion was generated from its primary Talent ...
  14. IBM's New Cloud Video Unit Scores Multiple Wins

    April 18, 2016
    Much of the talk surrounding IBM's (NYSE: IBM) efforts to dominate the fast-growing cloud marketplace centers on its cognitive ...
  15. PepsiCo's Q1 Beats On North-American Strength (PEP)

    April 18, 2016
    Strength in North American markets, which now account for about 32% of PepsiCo Inc.'s total revenue, helped offset weaknesses ...
  16. Has Gamestop Found a Sustainable Business Model?

    April 18, 2016
    Gamestop (NYSE: GME), a company many thought would go the way of national record store chains, seems to have found a way ...
  17. Will Twitter's Big Bet on China Pay Off? (TWTR)

    April 18, 2016
    Twitter has become an important advertising mechanism for many Chinese companies which aim to reach a vibrant audience.
  18. Dick's Moves to Bid on Sports Authority Assets

    April 18, 2016
    Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) is interested in purchasing assets from Sports Authority, which filed for bankruptcy in ...
  19. Amazon Prime Challenges Netflix with New Plans (AMZN)

    April 18, 2016
    Amazon announced that it will start offering new Prime Services, including a video-only subscription.
  20. Lowe's to Benefit From Retail Sales Data (LOW)

    April 18, 2016
    Thanks to rising trends in not only home sales, but also construction spending, Lowe's is poised to benefit from higher sales ...
  21. Will Trading Decline Hurt Goldman Sachs Earnings? (GS)

    April 18, 2016
    The struggles in Goldman's trading business and the fact that the company has resisted scaling back in that area indicates ...
  22. Is This Intel's Breakthrough Quarter? (INTC)

    April 18, 2016
    Combined with various product cycle refreshes in both the datacenter and the PC client segments, Intel could be setting up ...
  23. Will UnitedHealth Beat Earnings Expectations? (UNH)

    April 18, 2016
    The fact that both its earnings and revenue are projected to climb above 15% year over year underscores the strength of UnitedHealth's ...
  24. Who Are Advanced Micro Devices' Main Competitors? (AMD)

    April 18, 2016
    Learn about the financial profiles of four of Advanced Micro Devices' competitors and each company's specific product niches.
  25. Top 3 Stocks to Invest in If You Can't Stand Risk

    April 18, 2016
    Don't have the appetite for risk? Consider these 3 stocks.
  26. Valeant News: Michael Pearson's Return, Sort of

    April 18, 2016
    Explore the circumstances surrounding Michael Pearson’s leave of absence from Valeant, as well as the details of his short-lived ...
  27. Will Tyler Technologies Stumble in 2016? (TYL, AAPL)

    April 18, 2016
    Read about Tyler Technologies' wild stock price ride. Investors can peer into the future by analyzing the company's results ...
  28. Are Low-Debt Oil Companies the Best Long-Haul Bet?

    April 18, 2016
    Set on investing in oil for the long haul? Here's why companies with low debt may be your best bet.
  29. Is HPE Stronger than Cisco? (HPE, CSCO)

    April 18, 2016
    Assuming HPE stock was priced on par with CSCO, the shares would trade today at around $23 per share or about 32% higher ...
  30. 3 S&P 500 Comeback Kids (ADS, SYMC)

    April 18, 2016
    These three broken stocks show exceptionally strong volume patterns that could support new uptrends.
  31. 3D Systems Tanks on Sell Rating by Citigroup (DDD)

    April 18, 2016
    Because of the fact that 28% of the company's outstanding shares are still in the hands of short sellers, bets on the company's ...
  32. Apple Stock Falls on iPhone Production Cuts (AAPL)

    April 18, 2016
    Consumers are holding on to their phones longer, presumably in anticipation of the iPhone 7 launch in September.
  33. Gilead to Provide Healthy Dose of Growth (GILD)

    April 18, 2016
    It's always a good sign when earnings and revenue estimates suggest growth and not a decline.
  34. Netflix Earnings: What to Expect (NFLX)

    April 18, 2016
    Video-streaming service Netflix Inc. (NFLX), which reports earnings Monday after market close, has been a Wall Street darling ...
  35. Google Can Help You Achieve Your Goals (GOOG)

    April 18, 2016
    Google celebrates its 10th birthday with the announcement of Google Calendar's new goals feature.
  36. Trending Stocks Near the Buy Zone (FSLR, HRL)

    April 18, 2016
    These trending stocks have recently pulled back, providing a potential buying opportunity. Here's some trades to consider.
  37. Buy Oil and Gas Plays After the Doha Shakeout (XLE)

    April 18, 2016
    XLE should offer a buying opportunity when it returns to a two-year trendline breakout near 60.
  38. Southwest Airlines Gets Some Love (LUV)

    April 18, 2016
    Southwest remains one of the more consistent operators within the airline sector thanks to its focus on detail and continued ...
  39. Costco Stock Climbs on Dividend Hike (COST)

    April 18, 2016
    Costo's dividend is a bonus to the stock performance, which is the real gem.
  40. Chipotle's Future Still Challenged Beyond E.Coli (CMG)

    April 18, 2016
    Given Chipotle's struggles with foot traffic and declining profit margins, increased marketing costs may pressure Chipotle's ...
  41. EMC's 3 Most Profitable Lines of Business

    April 18, 2016
    Get familiar with the different lines of EMC's cloud computing business, and have a complete look at which lines of its business ...
  42. Micron Stock Surges on 'Strong Buy' Upgrade (MU)

    April 18, 2016
    The rating upgrade and the bullishness implied by Raymond James' price target weren't exactly full endorsements of Micron's ...
  43. Obama Backs FCC Plan; A Boost for Netflix, Amazon (NFLX, AMZN)

    April 18, 2016
    The phenomenon known as cord-cutting has accelerated the pace at which companies like Netflix and Amazon are able to grow ...
  44. Bids for Yahoo! Core Business Due Ahead of Earnings (YHOO, VZ)

    April 18, 2016
    The company has reportedly resisted disclosing certain financial details to bidders, presumably not to undermine its own ...
  45. Japan Equity ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (JPMV, DXJF)

    April 18, 2016
    Discover how Japan equity ETFs performed through the first quarter of 2016, including a review of the best and worst performers ...
  46. 3 U.S. Large-Cap Growth Mutual Funds to Avoid in 2016 (NVDAX, ...

    April 18, 2016
    Discover three large-cap growth mutual funds that may not be suitable portfolio selections in 2016 due to high expense ratios ...
  47. Analyzing Youku Tudou's Return on Equity (YOKU)

    April 18, 2016
    Learn about Youku Tudou's return on equity (ROE), and find out about China’s biggest competitors for online video services.
  48. How to Forecast Rite Aid's Revenue (RAD)

    April 18, 2016
    Learn a framework for using key performance indicators as a way to forecast Rite Aid's revenue growth on both a quarterly ...
  49. 3 Ways Alibaba Can Boost Revenue (BABA)

    April 17, 2016
    Learn about Alibaba Group's revenue growth model, its growing user base and three ways the company can continue to boost ...
  50. 4 Reasons Investors Love Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

    April 17, 2016
    Read about Intercontinental Exchange and the strong economic position the firm achieved through a series of acquisitions ...
  51. 5 Ways Tata Motors Plans to Boost Market Share Next Year (TTM)

    April 17, 2016
    Look at the top five things that Indian automobile company Tata Motors is doing to increase market share in 2016 in terms ...
  52. CWGIX: A Performance Case Study

    April 17, 2016
    Discover a case study about the mega-fund American Funds Capital World Growth & Income a-shares, or CWGIX, over the five ...
  53. Government Bond ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (ZROZ, EDV)

    April 17, 2016
    Find out how government bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are performing YTD in 2016, and which are the best and worst performers.
  54. Will Airbus Make a Comeback? (EADSY)

    April 17, 2016
    Discover what shaped the history of Airbus' share price and what that history shows about prospects for share performance ...
  55. Oppenheimer: Investment Manager Highlight (OPY)

    April 17, 2016
    Learn more about OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leading provider of mutual funds across domestic stock, international stock, municipal ...
  56. Is BASF SE Ready for a Rebound in 2016? (BASFY)

    April 17, 2016
    After an almost 50% decline in its stock price since June 2014, gain insight into the 2016 prospects for the world's largest ...
  57. The 4 Largest Utilities ETFs (XLU, VPU)

    April 17, 2016
    Learn about the utilities sector, and discover the top four exchange-traded funds that can be used to gain investment exposure ...
  58. ODMAX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 17, 2016
    Learn about ODMAX, an emerging-markets fund that seeks capital appreciation in foreign economies such as China, where consumer ...
  59. 3 Expensive U.S. Large-Cap Mutual Funds Worth Your While (ACAAX, ...

    April 16, 2016
    Discover three large-cap mutual funds that merit a position in your portfolio despite having sales charges and high expense ...
  60. 4 Markets in Which Vanguard Doesn't Offer the Cheapest ETF

    April 16, 2016
    Discover which ETFs in non-Vanguard sectors offer the lowest expense ratios, and learn why you may still want to purchase ...
  61. Leveraged ETFs: Are They Safe? (BLK, WETF)

    April 16, 2016
    Discover why leveraged ETFs are not necessarily a doomsday product. Learn the opinions of BlackRock’s Larry Fink and other ...
  62. DBA vs. USAG: Comparing Agriculture ETFs

    April 16, 2016
    Read a comparison of USAG and DBA, and learn about the characteristics, strategies and performance statistics of these agriculture ...
  63. (AA) Who are Alcoa's Main Competitors?

    April 16, 2016
    Learn about the financial profiles and operations of three main competitors to Alcoa Inc. and why this industry is becoming ...
  64. 3 Reasons Tracking Error Matters

    April 16, 2016
    Discover three ways investors can use tracking error to measure performance for a mutual fund or ETF, whether indexed or ...
  65. The 5 Largest Middle East & Africa ETFs (MENA)

    April 16, 2016
    Learn about the five largest Middle Eastern and African equity ETFs. Explore the AUM, trading volume, expense ratio and dividend ...
  66. PWC vs. VTHR: Comparing Total Market ETFs

    April 16, 2016
    Learn about the similarities and differences between PWC and VTHR. Explore the characteristics of the ETFs that impact investor ...
  67. Valeant vs. Abbott Labs: Which Is Better for My Portfolio? (VRX, ...

    April 16, 2016
    Explore the differences between Abbott Laboratories and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, as well as which stock is the best addition ...
  68. MCLOX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 16, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the BlackRock Global Allocation Fund, and determine how the fund's makeup has evolved between ...
  69. IWM vs. VTWO: Comparing U.S. Small-Cap ETFs

    April 15, 2016
    Find out how two of the largest small-cap exchange-traded funds, the iShares Russell 2000 and the Vanguard Small-Cap ETF, ...
  70. DIA vs. IWL: Comparing ETFs with the Largest U.S. Companies

    April 15, 2016
    Find out how the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF compares with the iShares Russell Top 200 as mega-cap exchange-traded ...
  71. Netflix to Produce Series About Unrest in Brazil

    April 15, 2016
    The phrase "ripped from today's headlines" will very much apply to a new TV series currently in the planning stages at Netflix (NASDAQ: ...
  72. Wal-Mart Least-Liked Supermarket Among Shoppers

    April 15, 2016
    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) may have low prices, but that's not enough to endear it to its own customers. The retailer came in ...
  73. Rio Tinto Not Fooled by Iron Ore Rally

    April 15, 2016
    And just like that, the air has been let out of the iron ore rally as pricing for ore at Chinese ports with 62% content ...
  74. Real Estate ETFs to Date: 2016 Performance Review (KBWY, FRI)

    April 15, 2016
    Find out how real estate exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are performing year-to-date in 2016, and which ones are the best and ...
  75. Big Lots Finally Enters the Digital Age

    April 15, 2016
    It's hard to imagine a company in 2016 not having some sort of e-commerce platform, yet until Thursday, closeout retailer ...
  76. McDonald's Pulls Another Failed Item From Its Menu

    April 15, 2016
    A McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) plan to take on Subway with lower-calorie fare has quietly been abandoned. The fast food chain ...
  77. Why Seagate Technology Shaved Its Q3 Estimates

    April 15, 2016
    Shares of incumbent hard disk maker Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) traded down after the company trimmed its projections ...
  78. Whole Foods Shows What World Without Bees Is Like

    April 15, 2016
    They're an annoyance to some, but the crucial role bees play in our food chain was made graphically clear by Whole Foods ...
  79. DISH's Sling Offers Up a New Service With Fox

    April 15, 2016
    DISH Network's (NASDAQ: DISH) Sling TV service already stands as a low-cost alternative to cable. One of the drawbacks of ...
  80. Muni Bond ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (MUB, XMPT)

    April 15, 2016
    Learn how municipal bond exchange-traded funds have performed year-to-date in 2016, and which ones have performed the best ...
  81. Messenger's Latest Frontier: E-commerce (FB, FLWS)

    April 15, 2016
    Facebook has introduced the Messenger platform in Beta, enabling chatbots for e-commerce and other communications between ...
  82. Starbucks Flashing Mixed Messages Ahead of Earnings (SBUX)

    April 15, 2016
    Starbucks has held up well since topping out in October 2015, but the price pattern shows structural instability.
  83. Corporate Bond ETFs to Date: 2016 Performance Review (CLY, LWC)

    April 15, 2016
    Find out how corporate bond exchange-traded funds have been performing year-to-date in 2016 and which funds have been the ...
  84. Citigroup Earnings Beat Expectations (C)

    April 15, 2016
    Citigroup Inc. (C) reported quarterly earnings this morning with all major numbers beating market expectations.
  85. 3 Nasdaq-100 Components at All-time Highs (AVGO, ISRG)

    April 15, 2016
    These Nasdaq-100 leadership stocks should offer more reliable profits than playing the broad index through funds or futures.
  86. The 3 Largest Materials ETFs (XLB, VAW)

    April 15, 2016
    Find out which three exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are the largest in the basic materials sector, and how they are performing ...
  87. What to Watch in Netflix Earnings (NFLX)

    April 15, 2016
    If earnings beat on Monday, while showing sustained international and U.S. subscriber growth, NFLX shares should regain the ...
  88. Microsoft Sues DoJ Over Data Request Order (MSFT)

    April 15, 2016
    Microsoft is fighting for customer privacy and its right to tell customers what it has turned over to law enforcement,
  89. What to Expect From IBM Earnings (IBM)

    April 15, 2016
    IBM is not going to impress Wall Street with breathtaking growth, but unlike many of its competitors, the company still generates ...
  90. ChartAdvisor for April 15, 2016 (SPY, DIA)

    April 15, 2016
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  91. These Retailers are Embracing V-Commerce Trend

    April 15, 2016
    V-commerce, now in its infant stages, has the potential to steal significant market share.
  92. XSD vs. SOXX vs. PSI: Comparing Semiconductor ETFs

    April 15, 2016
    Explore the similarities and differences between semiconductor ETFs: PSI, SOXX and XSD. Learn which ETF is most suitable ...
  93. VWINX: Top 5 Holdings Analysis (MSFT, WFC)

    April 15, 2016
    Learn about the Vanguard Wellesley Income Investor Class mutual fund and its portfolio make-up, and get a complete analysis ...
  94. Why BP's Robust Dividend Might Be In Trouble (BP)

    April 15, 2016
    With oil prices showing signs of stabilization, is it possible the dividend could be revisited for other reasons?
  95. Apple Stock Gains, Winning Over Android Users (AAPL)

    April 15, 2016
    While Apple shares are not as cheap as they were three months ago, analysts continue to find reasons to revise their earnings-per-share ...
  96. The 4 Largest Industrials ETFs (XLI, VIS)

    April 15, 2016
    Learn about the industrials sector performance in 2016, what is driving gains in the sector, and a look at the top four largest ...
  97. 3 REITS Mutual Funds to Avoid in 2016 (SOAAX, KSRCX)

    April 15, 2016
    Explore three REIT mutual funds to avoid in 2016, and discover how these funds' risk/reward metrics compare to peers and ...
  98. CAIBX: American Funds Capital Income Builder Trends in 2016

    April 15, 2016
    Learn about the composition of the American Funds Capital Income Builder fund, and discover how its makeup has evolved between ...
  99. 3 International Equity Mutual Funds to Avoid in 2016 (AWPCX, ...

    April 14, 2016
    Discover three international equity funds that investors should avoid in 2016 due to their poor fundamentals, high risks ...
  100. American Funds vs. Janus: Comparing 2 Popular Balanced MFs (ABALX, ...

    April 14, 2016
    Learn about two attractive mutual funds in the moderate allocation category with successful long-term track records and appealing ...
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