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  1. Why Last In First Out Is Banned Under IFRS

    April 21, 2015
    We explain why Last-In-First-Out is banned under IFRS
  2. Presidential Candidates And Wall Street In 2016

    April 21, 2015
    Wall Street's influence will play a large role in the 2016 presidential race. As election season begins, candidates are showing ...
  3. Top Oil Stocks that Pay Regular Dividends

    April 21, 2015
    Eyeing oil stocks that pay regular dividends? Consider these refinery plays.
  4. Are These the Top Monthly Dividend Stocks?

    April 21, 2015
    Interested in monthly dividends? Here are two stocks to watch.
  5. Beware: These Bond Funds Act Like Stocks

    April 21, 2015
    Beware of bond funds that act like stocks.
  6. HBO Now And The Future Of Cable TV

    April 21, 2015
    HBO's new streaming service, HBO Now, is one of several recent developments in the realm of television that threatens the ...
  7. Will Weak Coal Shipments Derail Union Pacific?

    April 21, 2015
    Just as the multiyear bull market in U.S. stocks begins to display a few strands of gray hair, a handful of bellwether industries ...
  8. Pfizer Earnings Preview: 5 Things You Need to Know

    April 21, 2015
    Pfizer may not be the growth giant it was when it was riding cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor's coattails to success, but ...
  9. Will “Internet-Only” Banks Change Chinese Banking?

    April 20, 2015
    Private players offering internet-only banking services to a large section of China's population must overcome some challenges ...
  10. Are Consumers Being Deceived About Organic Foods?

    April 20, 2015
    As the world has become more aware of the growing obesity epidemic and the dangers of unhealthy eating habits, many consumers ...
  11. National Storage IPO: This Week's Big Real Estate Story

    April 20, 2015
    National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE: NSA) is poised to become the fifth publicly traded self-storage REIT and will trade ...
  12. Understanding Bottoms & Bottoming Patterns

    April 20, 2015
    Analysis lowers the risk of bottom picking by identifying common characteristics of securities transitioning from downtrends ...
  13. 1 Natural Gas Company Gaining on Chesapeake Energy

    April 20, 2015
    For years, Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) has been America's second largest natural gas producer. It only trails big oil ...
  14. Ignore These Risks to Gilead at Your Peril

    April 20, 2015
    Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) has enjoyed remarkable success in the past year thanks to the launch of two instant billion-dollar ...
  15. Are lululemon's Margins About to Rise?

    April 20, 2015
    In the wake of lululemon athletica's (NASDAQ: LULU) fourth-quarter results last month, it was not surprising that shares ...
  16. Should Orexigen Fear This Upstart?

    April 20, 2015
    Since obesity can lead to costly life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer, drugmakers ...
  17. Why Alcatel-Lucent Investors Hate the Nokia Deal

    April 20, 2015
    For years, telecom equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has struggled in a fiercely competitive industry, and ...
  18. How Caterpillar Hopes to Profit From Big Data

    April 20, 2015
    When most investors think of Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), they immediately picture the manufacturer's trademark-yellow heavy ...
  19. Bitcoin 2.0 Applications

    April 20, 2015
    The bitcoin blockchain enables the application of decentralized public ledgers for purposes other than digital currencies ...
  20. Key Factors Of The Russell 2000 Index

    April 17, 2015
    The Russell 2000 index represents the small cap universe, with a broad selection of fast growth companies at the bottom end ...
  21. There Are No Good And Bad Stocks, There's Only Good And Bad Timing

    April 17, 2015
    Many investors spend sleepless nights agonizing over which stocks to buy. After all, isn't the trick to getting rich in ...
  22. Why These May Be the Top 4 Growth Stocks of 2015

    April 17, 2015
    These four stocks have high upside potential in 2015.
  23. Gambling on Macau: Too Risky?

    April 17, 2015
    Macau was once heralded as the new Las Vegas for casino investors. Is it too late?
  24. Why the House (and Las Vegas Sands) Always Wins

    April 17, 2015
    An in depth look at how Las Vegas Sands became a multi-billion dollar company.
  25. Where Will GoPro Find New Revenue Growth?

    April 17, 2015
    Investors love to hear a good story, but as a whole they can be a shrewd and skeptical audience; after all, they've heard ...
  26. Johnson & Johnson's New Billion-Dollar Blockbuster

    April 17, 2015
    Invokana, one of Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE: JNJ) newest drugs, was a bright spot in the company's otherwise lackluster ...
  27. CoStar: A Better Real Estate Data Buy Than Zillow?

    April 17, 2015
    Some seven months ago, the stock charts of two Internet real estate data providers happened to intersect briefly. For a ...
  28. How Agile Project Management Changed Zara

    April 17, 2015
    Zara has created a competitive advantage in the retail industry by using a supply chain centered on agile project management. ...
  29. How To Make Money With Facebook

    April 17, 2015
    With roughly 1.15 billion users, Facebook is the world’s largest social networking platform and a great resource for savvy ...
  30. Interested in Growth Stocks? See These 4 ETFs

    April 17, 2015
    Given the rise in popularity of growth ETFs, there are several interesting growth stock choices for investors.
  31. Will Frontier's Verizon Deal Keep Its Dividend Up?

    April 17, 2015
    Dividend investors love high yields, but they don't like payout cuts. Rural telecom company Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: ...
  32. ChartAdvisor for April 17 2015

    April 17, 2015
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  33. Southwest Airlines Is Becoming Disruptive Again

    April 16, 2015
    For much of its 40-plus-year history, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has been a disruptive force in the airline industry. ...
  34. How the Strong Dollar Is Crushing Cliffs Natural

    April 16, 2015
    Most investors understand that the commodities industry is a cyclical business, with rises and falls in demand following ...
  35. Is This Pfizer's Next Mega-Blockbuster Drug?

    April 16, 2015
    In February, the FDA delivered Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) some welcome news when it gave the company the go-ahead to begin marketing ...
  36. A New Corporate Governance Initiative In Japan

    April 16, 2015
    Expectations are low that Japan can create a corporate governance climate that meets global standards, but a new initiative ...
  37. 3 Key Takeaways From Kinder Morgan's Earnings

    April 16, 2015
    Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) recently reported another perfectly adequate quarter. Sure, its earnings per share and revenue ...
  38. Intel's Investing Heavily in the Internet of Things

    April 16, 2015
    Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) recently started breaking out revenue and operating profit for its Internet of Things group. This business ...
  39. Pros & Cons Of Bond Funds Vs. Bond ETFs

    April 16, 2015
    Understanding the pros and cons of bond funds and bond ETFs will help you choose the instrument that is best for building ...
  40. Watch Out For Falling Copper Prices

    April 16, 2015
    Commodity traders have been turning their attention toward copper prices over the past several weeks.
  41. 6 ETFs to Fight Your Recession Jitters

    April 16, 2015
    Are you worried about a recession? If so, consider these 6 ETFs.
  42. The UNG Natural Gas ETF: Best Bet or Stay Clear?

    April 16, 2015
    UNG is a popular natural gas ETF, but if you're going to get involved, then you need to know the risks.
  43. Watch for Bullish MACD Crossovers in These Stocks

    April 16, 2015
    These stocks are trending higher but recently experienced a pullback. Watch for a bullish MACD crossover to indicate upward ...
  44. Amgen Earnings Preview: 5 Questions to Ask

    April 16, 2015
    In the biotechnology sector, few companies are more synonymous with innovation than Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN). Throughout the ...
  45. The Story Behind Shake Shack's Success

    April 16, 2015
    A humble Madison Square Park hot dog stand grew to become a gourmet casual food powerhouse in a classic American success ...
  46. 2 Big Threats to Intel's Most Profitable Business

    April 15, 2015
    Chip giant Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) generates most of its revenue and profit from selling the processors that power PCs, and ...
  47. Economics Of Owning A Tesla Car

    April 15, 2015
    The Tesla Model S is a strong economic choice for today's consumers.
  48. Chesapeake Energy Wrestles Back Land From Ex-CEO

    April 15, 2015
    Earlier this year Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) sued its founder and former CEO Aubrey McClendon, as well as the 20 investors ...
  49. Bucking The Trend With Pattern Failure Strategies

    April 15, 2015
    The best trade could be in the opposite direction when a classic price pattern doesn't behave according to ideal rules.
  50. 3 Ways Under Armour Won Big With Jordan Spieth

    April 15, 2015
    When 21-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth won his first Masters on Sunday, Under Armour (NYSE: UA) CEO Kevin Plank called it ...
  51. Are Low-Risk High-Yield Investments Real?

    April 15, 2015
    Risk and reward necessarily move in the same direction. Or do they? Is it possible to defy logic and earn great returns while ...
  52. The Top 10 Forex Brokers Regulated In The UK

    April 15, 2015
    Overview of the regulation of forex, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the top 10 UK forex brokers that are FCA regulated.
  53. How Janus Capital Makes Money

    April 15, 2015
    Before investing in Janus, it is prudent to understand how it makes money and what costs detract from shareholder wealth.
  54. Countries Where Bitcoin Is Legal & Illegal

    April 15, 2015
    Although bitcoin has been in existence for five years, most countries still do not have consistent laws regulating the cryptocurrency. ...
  55. High-Frequency Trading Regulations

    April 15, 2015
    Current regulations on high-frequency trading, and possible future ones. How some people think high-frequency trading should ...
  56. Private Equity's Returns Are Tempered By Its Risks

    April 15, 2015
    Private equity firms adopt approaches to quickly hike up earnings and boost returns, but these investments come with big ...
  57. Fight Volatility and Inflation with Infrastructure

    April 15, 2015
    As institutional investors flock to infrastructure assets there's good reason for retail investors to follow suit.
  58. Investing in Starbucks: Stock vs. Franchise

    April 15, 2015
    A look at the pros and cons of investing in Starbucks stock or a franchise.
  59. Buying Opportunities on Upside Wedge Breakouts

    April 15, 2015
    Find buying opportunities in these stocks, which have seen their prices break out of long-term declining wedge patterns.
  60. Are These the Top Dividend Stocks of 2015?

    April 15, 2015
    These dividend-paying companies offer a lot more than just dividends.
  61. Small-Caps and Dividends: Perfect Together

    April 15, 2015
    For investors, small-caps shouldn’t be just about growth. They can be powerful income tools, as well.
  62. Healthcare Stocks: A Prescription for More Gains?

    April 15, 2015
    There could be even more room for gains in healthcare sector stocks, as many of the bullish trends remain in place.
  63. Is Amazon a Prime Pick for Your Portfolio?

    April 15, 2015
    Eyeing Amazon? Thanks to innovation and diversification, it has high odds of being a long-term winner. Here's why.
  64. The 10 Biggest REITs in the U.S.: Dos and Don'ts

    April 15, 2015
    Five of these REITs may offer potential over the next 1-3 years. Be careful with the other half.
  65. Should GE Be Part of Your Portfolio?

    April 15, 2015
    Here's what you need to consider if you are thinking of adding GE to your portfolio.
  66. Should You 'Like' Facebook in Your Portfolio?

    April 15, 2015
    When it comes to your portfolio should you like Facebook?
  67. Equity Vs. Salary: What You Need To Know

    April 15, 2015
    Equity payments are common at startup companies. Equity offers potential for a big payout but is also much riskier than a ...
  68. Are J&J's Results a Harbinger of Things to Come?

    April 15, 2015
    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) has reported its first-quarter financial results, and those results, while solid, show ...
  69. Altria Could Be the Big Winner in This FTC Move

    April 15, 2015
    The tobacco industry has been relatively stable for decades, so Reynolds American's (NYSE: RAI) announcement that it would ...
  70. Will J.C. Penney Ever Make Money Again?

    April 15, 2015
    The recovery in the U.S. economy has helped hundreds of companies come back from the hits they took during the recession ...
  71. Biogen Earnings Preview: 3 Key Factors to Monitor

    April 14, 2015
    For the better part of a decade, Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) could simply do no wrong by its shareholders. Whereas the S&P ...
  72. How Gilead Plans to Keep Competitors in Check

    April 14, 2015
    Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) has plenty of experience in outmaneuvering competitors. After all, despite competitors' launching ...
  73. GoPro Founder Nick Woodman Sees a Bright Future

    April 14, 2015
    Action camera specialist GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) has taken investors on a topsy-turvy ride since its IPO last June, as initial ...
  74. Halcon Resources Finally Addresses Its Debt Issues

    April 14, 2015
    As of the end of last year, Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK) had a whopping $3.75 billion of debt on its balance sheet. That's ...
  75. 3 Reasons Costco Shouldn't Fear Amazon

    April 14, 2015
    Among brick-and-mortar retailers, Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) has been a beacon of light in an increasingly difficult ...
  76. Is American Airlines Group's Debt Load Too High?

    April 14, 2015
    American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) has achieved two highly prized goals over the past two months. In March, the company ...
  77. Top 10 Alternative Energy Stocks for 2015

    April 14, 2015
    As energy demands continue to rise, the alternative energy sector is heating up. Here are the top 10 promising alternative ...
  78. Pros and Cons: Preferred Stock ETFs vs. Bond ETFs

    April 14, 2015
    A look at the differences between preferred stock ETFs and bond ETFs and when you should invest in one over the other.
  79. Can Apple Stay on Top Forever?

    April 14, 2015
    Most Apple investors feel good about the company's future. Here's what they're missing.
  80. Google: Should It Be Part of Your Portfolio?

    April 14, 2015
    For Google investors, the past year wasn't so stellar when compared to recent history. So what happens next?
  81. Top 10 Stocks for Retirement Portfolios

    April 14, 2015
    Certain stocks are popular retirement portfolio options, but not all are as impressive as they used to be. Time to reevaluate? ...
  82. Which Robo-advisor is Best for Financial Advisors?

    April 14, 2015
    With the list of robo-advisors already long and growing, which will integrate best into a financial advisory practice?
  83. Why Is Chipotle So Successful & Popular?

    April 13, 2015
    Chipotle's emphasis on simplicity and high-quality ingredients have made the restaurant immensely popular among consumers ...
  84. The Top 5 YouTube Millionaires

    April 13, 2015
    Enterprising content creators have been able to use YouTube to rake in millions each year.
  85. Why Is Best Buy Stock So Volatile?

    April 13, 2015
    We look at why BBY has been so volatile in the past and whether this trend is likely to continue or abate in the future.
  86. Should Biogen Be Afraid of This Upstart?

    April 13, 2015
    Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) is a biotech Goliath that is best known for its dominant leadership in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. ...
  87. Better Buy: 3D Systems or Stratasys?

    April 13, 2015
    Although shares of 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) had a difficult past year performance-wise, the 3D ...
  88. How Hidden City Tickets Affect Airlines

    April 13, 2015
    Hidden city tickets have been in the news these past few months because of a lawsuit launched by United (UAL) and Orbitz ...
  89. How Mozilla Firefox And Google Chrome Make Money

    April 13, 2015
    Mozilla Firefox was once the most popular Internet browser available. Google Chrome now holds that title, but both browsers ...
  90. The Risk And Rewards Of Investing In Startups

    April 13, 2015
    Investing in startups is a very risky business but can reward investors greatly if and when they do pay off.
  91. United Continental's Turnaround: Real or a Mirage?

    April 13, 2015
    United Continental (NYSE: UAL), one of the four big carriers that dominate the U.S. airline industry, has long been the ...
  92. Was Plug Power's Ballard Breakup a Big Mistake?

    April 13, 2015
    The fuel-cell industry has gone through countless ups and downs over the years, as investors celebrate promising news items ...
  93. 3 Things That Might Impact Kinder Morgan's Results

    April 13, 2015
    Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) is expected to report its first-quarter results on Wednesday April 15. For the most part, there ...
  94. Is Qualcomm's Mobile Dominance Coming to an End?

    April 13, 2015
    One of the biggest winners of the mobile revolution has been Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM). The company vaulted past its semiconductor-producing ...
  95. How Will Bitcoin 2.0 Change The World?

    April 13, 2015
    Since Bitcoin's 2009 launch, the decentralized, peer-to-peer digital currency and payment system has garnered worldwide interest.
  96. Are Sales for This J&J Drug About to Stall?

    April 13, 2015
    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)is a global healthcare giant that racked up $32.3 billion in sales from pharmaceuticals ...
  97. VelocityShares TVIX: A Dangerous Game

    April 13, 2015
    Thinking of leveraging volatility with VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN? If so, proceed with caution.
  98. What Makes Goldman Sachs a Good Bet?

    April 13, 2015
    Six years after the subprime meltdown, Goldman Sachs is a robust $87 billion company instead of a historical footnote. Here's ...
  99. How to Invest in Liquor (and Avoiding the Hiccups)

    April 13, 2015
    Investing in liquor has been profitable for ages but there could be some hiccups along the way.
  100. African Sovereign Debt: Risks and Rewards

    April 13, 2015
    African sovereign debt offers high yields and upside — if one has the stomach for the risk.
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