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  1. 4 Factors to Know About Money Market Reform in 2016 (FII, BAC)

    April 21, 2016
    Learn more about the impending implementation of the money market fund reform, including how it impacts individual and institutional ...
  2. 3 Expensive All-Cap ETFs Worth Your While (KNOW, PDP)

    April 21, 2016
    Learn why high expense ratios may not matter when it comes to all-cap ETFs, as well as the funds that have outperformed their ...
  3. Why Blackstone’s Results Failed to Impress (BX)

    April 21, 2016
    Blackstone's first quarter had good points and bad points, but the future should come down to one factor.
  4. Global Technology: 4 Key Industry Players (MSFT, IBM)

    April 21, 2016
    Discover the technology companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and obtain a brief analysis ...
  5. Passive Investing vs. Smart Beta Investing: A Compare & Contrast ...

    April 21, 2016
    Discover how different investment funds diversify their risks and maximize positive returns without any need for active fund ...
  6. Verizon Getting Sold Under the Surface (VZ)

    April 21, 2016
    Verizon volume divergences point to institutional selling pressure that may overcome recent market leadership.
  7. Why This Overlooked Asset Class May Worth a Bet

    April 21, 2016
    Timber could very well be your best bet over the next 7 years. Here's why.
  8. Las Vegas Sands Stock Topples After Earnings Call (LVS)

    April 21, 2016
    The company earnings fell below estimated levels proving it's not immune to negative trends in the industry.
  9. OIL vs. OLEM: Comparing Crude Oil ETFs

    April 21, 2016
    Discover the similarities and differences between two oil ETFs, the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return and the iPath Pure ...
  10. F5 Networks Stock Rise on Q2 Earnings Beat (FFIV)

    April 21, 2016
    FFIV stock declined 5% over the past month and almost 20% over the past six months. Will this earnings beat spark a turnaround?
  11. S&P 500 Resistance and Volatility Opportunities (SPY, VXX)

    April 21, 2016
    The S&P 500 is at a vulnerable spot with low volume and low volatility, which means trading a volatility ETF may present ...
  12. Play the Rotation Out of High Yielders (XLU, TLT)

    April 21, 2016
    The market may be at the cusp of a rotation out of high yielding instruments and into growth plays.
  13. Visa Stock at 52-Week Highs Ahead of Earnings (V)

    April 21, 2016
    Ahead of Visa's second quarter earnings results due after the closing bell Thursday, the credit card issuer has paid off ...
  14. Global Energy: 3 Key Industry Players (SNP, XOM)

    April 21, 2016
    Examine the stocks of some of the most important publicly traded companies in the critically important market sector of energy.
  15. Starbucks Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (SBUX)

    April 21, 2016
    The fact that Starbucks' projected full-year 2016 earnings growth rate is about four times the rise in S&P 500 index justifies ...
  16. American Express Stock Rise on Q1 Beat (AXP)

    April 21, 2016
    American Express , which issued 3 million new credit cards during the quarter, enjoyed higher income from interest and fees.
  17. Airgas vs. Air Products & Chemicals: Which is Better for My Portfolio? ...

    April 21, 2016
    Learn about the two leading companies in the industrial and specialty gas industry, and discover which one represents a better ...
  18. Mattel Stock Plays Poorly on Q1 Loss (MAT)

    April 21, 2016
    The stock's decline seems overdone and more of a "sell the news" type event, given how well MAT shares had performed leading ...
  19. Why Saudi Arabia Just Issued $10 Billion in Bonds

    April 21, 2016
    Saudi Arabia has issued a $10 billion bond to global banks. The decision is part of a broader effort by the nation to liberalize ...
  20. 3 Reasons a Smart Beta ETF Should Be in Your 401(k) (FV, QDF)

    April 21, 2016
    Find out the 3 best strategies for putting a smart beta ETF into your 401(k), if you are looking to take low risks with your ...
  21. SH: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 21, 2016
    Evaluate the performance of the ProShares Short S&P500 exchange-traded fund (ETF) over the last five years, and recognize ...
  22. How Does Betterment Automate ETF Selection? (IBM, MSFT)

    April 21, 2016
    Learn how Betterment uses automation to simplify the investing process and lower costs for investors. Discover why using ...
  23. ARTIX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 21, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Artisan International Fund, and examine how its makeup has evolved between March 2015 and ...
  24. Bengal Energy Relies on Hedging Amid Volatile Oil Prices (BNGLF)

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about Bengal's business, its energy price exposures and how its hedging program supports its liquidity in an environment ...
  25. The Debt Report: The Materials Sector

    April 20, 2016
    Find out why the U.S. materials sector has accumulated more and more debt each year between 2011 and 2015, outstripping valuation ...
  26. The Share Buyback Report: The Technology Sector

    April 20, 2016
    Watch for a stock's share price to respond favorably at the outset of a share buyback program before assuming that gains ...
  27. The 2 Best Home-Builders ETFs in 2016 (XHB, ITB)

    April 20, 2016
    Compare the portfolio holdings of the two largest homebuilder ETFs to determine which might deliver better returns in a particular ...
  28. Global Communications: 5 Key Industry Players (T, VZ)

    April 20, 2016
    Compare the market capitalizations and enterprise values of the leading communications industry stocks with their annual ...
  29. (GLD) SPDR Gold Shares: Who Is Invested?

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about SPDR Gold Shares, including why it may be a good way to diversify a portfolio, who owns it and how it has performed ...
  30. 3 ETF Trends in Q1 2016 (XLU, VNQ)

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about the major ETF trends in the first quarter of 2016, and the reasons why some of the biggest trends from 2015 have ...
  31. (UNG) U.S. Gas ETF: Who Is Invested?

    April 20, 2016
    Learn about the five largest holders of UGA, and discover which firms hold UGA as an investment and which hold it on behalf ...
  32. Coca-Cola Stock Fizzles on 4% Q1 Revenue Drop (KO)

    April 20, 2016
    Slumping global soda consumption remains a headwind for the Atlanta-based company.
  33. DR Horton Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (DHI)

    April 20, 2016
    There's strong pent up demand for DR Horton-built homes, which will likely translate to a higher stock price in the quarters ...
  34. Yum Brands Beats the Street, Despite McD's All-Day Breakfast

    April 20, 2016
    Investors bought YUM stock unafraid of the damage that might be done by McDonald's all-day breakfast. It turned out to be ...
  35. Intel Cuts 11% Workforce as PC Segment Continues to Struggle ...

    April 20, 2016
    Intel's sales from its microprocessor and chip division, which represents 60% of its total sales and profits, declined by ...
  36. PID: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 20, 2016
    Explore the performance of the PowerShares International Dividend Achievers ETF since 2012 and the role that energy prices ...
  37. Qualcomm Stock Hinges on Strong Q1 Earnings (QCOM)

    April 20, 2016
    Despite Qualcomm's revenue declines and the eroding market share, the semiconductor giant might have already seen the worst ...
  38. Alphabet Stock: What to Expect from Earnings (GOOG, GOOGL)

    April 20, 2016
    Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is set to report first-quarter results after the close Thursday. Analysts are expecting ...
  39. Check Point Software Stock Rise on Q1 Beat (CHKP)

    April 20, 2016
    Check Point Software is building the type of financial muscle that will allow it to maintain its market position via M&A ...
  40. Microsoft Stock Still a Buy on Cloud Momentum (MSFT)

    April 20, 2016
    While Microsoft shares don't scream bargain today at near all-time highs, they won't get cheaper, thanks to the company's ...
  41. 3 Stocks to Get Exposure into Iran's Deal (BA, GE)

    April 20, 2016
    Explore three companies that may benefit from the Iran nuclear pact, as well as the reasons these companies are taking a ...
  42. Bank Rally Could Run Out of Steam (KBE, KRE)

    April 20, 2016
    Banking funds have rallied into price levels that could trigger major reversals.
  43. SDOG vs. NOBL: Comparing Dividend-Oriented ETFs

    April 20, 2016
    Read an overview and comparative analysis of two ETFs that employ different approaches to stock selection based on dividend ...
  44. 3 Highly Liquid Stocks Under $10 (RF, AUY, SIRI)

    April 20, 2016
    Here are three stocks that would have made you some serious coin over the past three months. They're also highly liquid. ...
  45. Norfolk Southern Stock: Can Earnings Get Back on Track? (NSC)

    April 20, 2016
    Railroad stocks won't excite with sexy growth, but Norfolk Southern's earnings are projected to accelerate from 4.7% growth ...
  46. Global Financials: 3 Key Industry Players (IDCBY, AXAHY)

    April 20, 2016
    Take a look at three of the largest and most influential global companies that are leaders in the important financial services ...
  47. Caterpillar at a Major Crossroads (CAT)

    April 20, 2016
    Caterpillar has reached a critical price level that should determine its fate.
  48. Tesla CEO Elon Musk Earned Minimum Wage (TSLA)

    April 20, 2016
    According to a filing on Friday, Musk's total 2015 compensation was $37,584, which reflects the minimum wage requirement ...
  49. These Two Emerging Markets Are Set to Move Higher (PIN, EWT)

    April 20, 2016
    Active traders are turning their attention to the emerging markets because the price of a key exchange traded fund that tracks ...
  50. Southwestern Energy Earnings on Tap, What to Expect? (SWN)

    April 20, 2016
    A fourth straight earnings miss on Thursday may send the stock back below $10 per share, an important psychological benchmark.
  51. To Take Profits in Lumber Stocks, or Hold (WY, RYN)

    April 20, 2016
    Lumber-related stocks have been on a tear recently. Here's the technical outlook to help determine whether it is time to ...
  52. A look into Warren Buffett's biggest holdings (KHC, IBM)

    April 20, 2016
    What do Kraft and IBM have in common? They are two of the most profitable surging stocks in Warren Buffett’s iconic hedge ...
  53. What to Expect from Under Armour Earnings (UA)

    April 20, 2016
    Under Armour reports first-quarter results before the open Thursday. The sports apparel company has capitalized on its innovative ...
  54. 3 Reasons to Consider an ETN vs. an ETF in Your Portfolio

    April 20, 2016
    Understand the differences between standard exchange-traded funds and exchange-trade notes, and learn what potential advantages ...
  55. Infrastructure Stocks Could Be Headed Lower

    April 20, 2016
    The downtrends and other bearish patterns on the charts of several key ETFs suggest that the trend is readying for a move ...
  56. Merrill Edge vs. Edward Jones: Comparing Small Business 401(k) ...

    April 20, 2016
    Read about 401(k) plans for small businesses offered by two national providers, one delivering service online and the other ...
  57. Why Investors are Bailing on Japanese Stocks

    April 20, 2016
    Foreign investors have pulled out of Japanese equities to the tune of $46 billion so far this year.
  58. AMECX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 20, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Income Fund of America from American Funds, and study how its makeup has evolved between ...
  59. 4 Mutual Fund Trends in Q1 2016 (GLD, IAU)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn how the mutual fund industry fared in the first quarter of 2016, and discover some of the prevailing trends that occurred ...
  60. 3 Strategies to Mitigate Currency Risk (EUFX)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the often overlooked risk known as currency risk, and learn three strategies to mitigate or eliminate it in your ...
  61. Zacks vs. Morningstar: Comparing MF Research Providers

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the similarities and differences between mutual fund research providers, Morningstar, Inc. and Zacks Investment ...
  62. (GDX) Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF: Who is Invested?

    April 19, 2016
    Look inside the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF to see the types of investors who hold this fund and who has been buying and ...
  63. Mass Layoffs and Missed Revenues Speed up Intel's Slide (INTC)

    April 19, 2016
    Not only did Intel report first quarter revenue that missed Street expectations, but the company also announced a massive ...
  64. Papa John Balks at Domino's PR Machine

    April 19, 2016
    Papa John's (NASDAQ: PZZA) founder John Schnatter, Papa John himself, has taken a shot at his biggest rival, Domino's Pizza ...
  65. HBO and Discovery Invest in "Mind-Blowing" Tech

    April 19, 2016
    Late last year, comedian, entertainer, and former host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, announced plans ...
  66. USO: An ETF Performance Case Study

    April 19, 2016
    Explore the performance of the United States Oil ETF since 2012, as well as the seasonality patterns that have generated ...
  67. ETF Flows: Health Care ETFs Are Shedding Assets in 2016 (FXH, ...

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about five exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in the health care sector and experienced large year-to-date (YTD) ...
  68. Cisco Ups Its Smart Car Game With New Partnership

    April 19, 2016
    CEO Chuck Robbins summed up Cisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings report by saying, "We're focused ...
  69. Is All-You-Can Eat Fries Next for McDonald's?

    April 19, 2016
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) sees a potential future where not only will it offer table-side service, it will also offer all-you-can-eat ...
  70. Time Warner Cable Tests "Skinny" Channel Bundle

    April 19, 2016
    Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) recently started offering a "skinny" bundle of channels to new broadband customers in the ...
  71. Under Armour Starts Marketing Blitz Against Fitbit

    April 19, 2016
    Under Armour (NYSE: UA) recently launched its first commercial for Healthbox, its unified health-tracking platform. Healthbox, ...
  72. Is the Latest Costco Dividend Raise Ill-Timed?

    April 19, 2016
    The company has reported two straight quarters of profit declines; its most recent comparable-sales figure was well short ...
  73. Why Yahoo's Core Business Is Negatively Valued

    April 19, 2016
    As the bidding process comes to a close find out why Yahoo's core advertising and search businesses are valued at $0.
  74. Alibaba Makes a Lifesaving $1B Investment in Lazada (BABA)

    April 19, 2016
    The Chinese Internet giant continues its acquisition spree and advancement into Southeast Asian markets with the acquisition ...
  75. Square Enters the Online Lending Space (SQ)

    April 19, 2016
    Jack Dorsey's Square will expand services relating to Square Capital's cash advance service, becoming a key player in the ...
  76. Amazon Hits Netflix With New Video Service (AMZN, NFLX)

    April 19, 2016
    Amazon's new subscription plan comes only a couple of weeks ahead of Netflix’s planned price increase.
  77. What to Expect from Yum! Brands' Earnings

    April 19, 2016
    Yum! Brands – which operates the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC fast-food brands – reports first-quarter results after close ...
  78. Utilities ETFs to Date 2016 Performance Review (UPW, FXU)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the best and worst performing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) within the domestic and international utilities sector ...
  79. Global Retail Trade: 4 Key Industry Players (WMT, CVS)

    April 19, 2016
    Discover the retail companies that are global key industry players based on annual sales, and gain a brief description and ...
  80. Are Johnson & Johnson's Earnings Estimates Too Healthy? (JNJ)

    April 19, 2016
    Have analysts' upward revision earnings estimates for Johnson & Johnson gotten ahead of themselves?
  81. These Charts Suggest That Commodities Are Headed Lower (RIC)

    April 19, 2016
    Bullish momentum over the past couple of months has pushed commodity-related stocks towards the resistance of their 200-day ...
  82. 3 Lesser-known Retailers in Bull Markets (BURL, DG)

    April 19, 2016
    These three retailers are flying under the radar, carving out bullish patterns that should yield new highs.
  83. IBM Stock Punished Despite Earnings Beat (IBM)

    April 19, 2016
    While the shares are poised to selloff on the mixed results, IBM is operating on its stated objectives, which means patience ...
  84. The 4 Largest Financials ETFs (XLF, VFH)

    April 19, 2016
    Learn about the current environment for financials and discover the top four exchange-traded funds that can be used to gain ...
  85. Corn's Bullish Base Could Yield 2016 Breakout (CORN)

    April 19, 2016
    Corn is building an inverse head and shoulders base that could support a rally above 500.
  86. Goldman Sachs' Profits Beat, Revenues Plunge

    April 19, 2016
    Analysts expected bad news ahead of Goldman's first-quarter earnings, reported before market open Tuesday. They were half ...
  87. Yahoo Stock: What to Expect from Earnings (YHOO)

    April 19, 2016
    Yahoo reports first-quarter earnings Tuesday after close, but the market is paying only cursory attention to the company's ...
  88. VMware Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (VMW, EMC)

    April 19, 2016
    VMware must show a level of margin improvement that demonstrates that its underlying business has strengthened.
  89. 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 ...
  90. 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 ...
  91. 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 ...
  92. 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.
  93. 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.
  94. 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 ...
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. (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 ...
  99. 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 ...
  100. 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 ...
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