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  1. ETF Investing: Is XLP Consumer Staples Still a Buy?

    May 31, 2016
    Get a review of State Street's Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF, and find out why this ETF may be a wise buy for investors ...
  2. Is T. Rowe Price Right for Your Retirement (TROW)?

    May 31, 2016
    If you’re thinking about placing your retirement assets with T. Rowe Price brokerage, in business since 1937, here’s what ...
  3. Honeywell's $1.3B Spinoff of AdvanSix (HON)

    May 31, 2016
    Will investors benefit from Honeywell's spinoff of its resins and chemicals business as an independent public company?
  4. WFM 365: Will the New Chain Provide Growth for Whole Foods Market?

    May 31, 2016
    How will the new 365 stores revive the declining sales of Whole Foods Market Inc.?
  5. Alcoa Sues Alumina to Move Its Breakup Forward

    May 31, 2016
    Breaking up is hard to do. Australian bauxite miner Alumina is seemingly finding it difficult to let go of its attachment ...
  6. 3 Tech Stocks Waking Up After a Long Slumber

    May 31, 2016
    The recent tech sector rally has strengthened the group’s weak technical tone, with a rising number of components set to ...
  7. Why Victoria's Secret Is Getting Out of Swimsuits

    May 31, 2016
    First, L Brands (NYSE: LB) announced it was doing away with Victoria's Secret's iconic print catalog, arguably the thing ...
  8. The 5 Best Smart Beta ETFs (IWF,IWD,VIG,VTV,VUG)

    May 31, 2016
    These five smart beta ETFs from BlackRock and Vanguard have been long-term winners.
  9. Commodity Bounce Hasn't Ended Vale's Downtrend (VALE)

    May 31, 2016
    Vale will remain stuck in a major downtrend until it breaks out above the 4-year trendline of lower highs.
  10. The 2 Best Smart Beta Mutual Funds (DSEEX,PXTIX)

    May 31, 2016
    These two smart beta mutual funds offer potential, but are their ETF counterparts a better option?
  11. The 10 Largest Holdings in the S&P 500 (AAPL,AMZN)

    May 31, 2016
    What is the investing potential of each of the 10 largest companies in the S&P 500 Index?
  12. Target Dumps Its Curbside Pickup Program

    May 31, 2016
    Target (NYSE: TGT) plans to shut down a service that was designed to make it faster and easier for customers to get what ...
  13. Valeant Stock Surges After Rejecting Takeover Bids (VRX)

    May 31, 2016
    The fact that there are interested buyers in the beleaguered drug company suggests Valeant still has some appreciable value.
  14. Western Digital Stock Rises Despite Weak Guidance (WDC)

    May 31, 2016
    Western Digital stock has declined 25% so far in 2016, compared with a 2.70% rise in the S&P 500 index.
  15. Splunk Stock Rises on Q1 Revenue Beat (SPLK)

    May 31, 2016
    Despite issuing light guidance, Splunk received a price target increase by Citigroup analysts, citing strong sales momentum. ...
  16. Tiffany's Way Out From Losing Sales (TIF)

    May 31, 2016
    Though Tiffany's recent results are disappointing, it can do better with global diversification and new offerings.
  17. Twitter Stock Climbs 10% in a Week (TWTR)

    May 31, 2016
    Twitter shares have now climbed 10% since reaching a post-IPO low of $13.73 last Tuesday.
  18. Sears Stock Soars 11% Last Week Despite Wider Loss (SHLD)

    May 31, 2016
    Sears assured that it can sustain a recovery by leveraging leading brands like Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, which it says ...
  19. Consumer Spending Posts Largest Gain Since 2009

    May 31, 2016
    U.S. consumer spending, which accounts for over two-thirds of economic activity, rose by 1.0% in April, the largest month-over-month ...
  20. Pepsico Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend (PEP)

    May 31, 2016
    Pepsico will send its dividend payment on June 30 to shareholders of record as of June 3.
  21. Palo Alto Networks Falls 13% on Mixed Q3 Results (PANW)

    May 31, 2016
    Combined with downbeat guidance for the fourth quarter, it seemingly didn't matter that Palo Alto Networks' third-quarter ...
  22. Allstate Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend (ALL)

    May 31, 2016
    Allstate will send its dividend payment on July 1 to shareholders of record as of June 3.
  23. Alibaba Invests in Israeli Search Company (BABA)

    May 31, 2016
    Alibaba has invested in Twiggle, an Israeli startup that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to ...
  24. Coach Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend Wednesday (COH)

    May 31, 2016
    Coach will send its dividend payment on July 5 to shareholders of record as of June 3.
  25. GameStop Stock Falls 7.7% Despite Q1 Beat (GME)

    May 31, 2016
    The video game retailer issued disappointing guidance for its fiscal second quarter, citing fewer blockbuster game releases.
  26. Burlington Stores Makes 52-Week High on Q1 Beat (BURL)

    May 31, 2016
    The retailer not only reported first quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates, its same-store sales suggest market ...
  27. 3 S&P 500 Companies With the Most Hedge Fund Exposure (HOT, SWN)

    May 31, 2016
    Learn about three companies on which hedge fund managers have become bullish, acquiring significant ownership positions in ...
  28. Is GameStop in for a Tough Year?

    May 31, 2016
    GameStop's (NYSE: GME) stock traded lower in the wake of its recently released first quarter results. Little wonder -- although ...
  29. Active Traders Are Turning Bullish on Sugar and Timber

    May 31, 2016
    These chart patterns suggest that commodities such as sugar are worth a closer look.
  30. FDA Approves Biogen and AbbVie's MS Treatment

    May 31, 2016
    A pair of prominent pharmaceutical companies, AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) and Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB), have gotten an important regulatory ...
  31. Stocks with Big Short-term Momentum (NMBL, INSY)

    May 31, 2016
    These stocks are up more than 13% in the last week, and could run further.
  32. Big Lots Nets Big Gains on Q1 Earnings Beat (BIG)

    May 31, 2016
    The discount retailer reported first quarter fiscal 2016 earnings results that beat Wall Street estimates on both revenue ...
  33. Baxter International Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend (BAX)

    May 31, 2016
    Baxter will send its dividend payment on July 1 to shareholders of record as of June 3.
  34. Verizon Stock Rises on Strike Agreement (VZ)

    May 31, 2016
    An "agreement in principle" has been reached between Verizon Communications and union workers, likely ending a month-long ...
  35. Microsoft Cost Cutting Praised by Analysts (MSFT)

    May 31, 2016
    RBC Capital Markets analysts issued a bullish note Friday morning, citing several potential catalysts that can send shares ...
  36. Bank of America Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend (BAC)

    May 31, 2016
    Bank of America will send its dividend payment on June 24 to shareholders of record as of June 3.
  37. Netflix's Disney Deal Cheered by Investors (NFLX, DIS)

    May 31, 2016
    The Disney partnership proved magical for shares of Netflix, which soared more than 11% last week.
  38. Alcoa Stock Declines on Possible Blocked Split (AA)

    May 31, 2016
    Separating its mining, refining and smelting divisions from its manufacturing unit has been viewed as a long-term positive ...
  39. Adobe Stock Makes 52-Week High, Closes Above $100 (ADBE)

    May 31, 2016
    Investors are factoring Adobe's potential growth, which is driven by a rise of companies embracing digital media to streamline ...
  40. Activision Stock Rises on Price Target Increase (ATVI)

    May 31, 2016
    The stock made a new 52-week high after shares of the video game software company earned a price target increase by analysts ...
  41. Abercrombie & Fitch Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend (ANF)

    May 31, 2016
    Abercrombie will send its dividend payment on June 13 to shareholders of record as of June 3.
  42. Apple Closes Above $100 for First Time in May (AAPL, NFLX)

    May 31, 2016
    Apple shares on Thursday closed above $100 for the first time since April 26, ending the week at $100.35, an important psychological ...
  43. Foxconn Replaces 60,000 Humans With Robots (AAPL)

    May 31, 2016
    Foxconn is one of 600 companies that is looking to replace factory workers with robots as companies look to save on labor ...
  44. Tentative Deal Reached Between Verizon and Unions (VZ)

    May 31, 2016
    Verizon Communications reached a tentative deal with unions last Friday after workers had been on strike for nearly 7 weeks.
  45. Which Consumer-Related ETFs Should Investors Buy? (XLY, XLP)

    May 31, 2016
    Analyze the fundamental performance and valuation of XLY and XLP to determine why XLY has grown faster. Find out which ETF ...
  46. Top 10 Checking Accounts for U.S. Expats Living Abroad (COF, ...

    May 31, 2016
    Discover the 10 best checking accounts for expats, including those that do not charge for debit card transactions and ATM ...
  47. Smart Beta vs. Active Management: Which is Better? (BLK, SCHB)

    May 30, 2016
    Learn how smart beta funds combine the advantages of both active and passive management by tracking customized indexes without ...
  48. S&P 500: Analyzing the Dividend Trend (SPY)

    May 30, 2016
    Examine dividend data for the S&P 500 companies to determine what factors are driving trends and how these factors will impact ...
  49. Johnson & Johnson Initiated With Sell Rating (JNJ)

    May 30, 2016
    JNJ stock has a consensus hold rating and an average analyst 12-month price target of $117, implying an 3.48% rise from current ...
  50. Youku Tudou vs. YouTube: A Financial Comparison (YOKU, GOOG)

    May 30, 2016
    Learn what are the similarities and differences between YouTube and its Chinese counterpart Youku Tudou, and find out what ...
  51. Is Amazon Going to Be Worth $6,000 Per Share? (AMZN)

    May 30, 2016
    Find out why Amazon stock is not going to be worth $6,000 per share in 10 years and what future price for the stock investors ...
  52. The 3 Best Mutual Funds to Short Emerging Markets Equities (UFPIX, ...

    May 30, 2016
    Explore the best mutual funds for shorting equities in emerging markets, with strategies that include double leverage and ...
  53. Verizon Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (VZ)

    May 30, 2016
    Investigate Verizon's capital structure, and understand how debt and equity capitalization and enterprise value interact ...
  54. China Mobile Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend Tuesday (CHL)

    May 30, 2016
    China Mobile will send its dividend payment on July 5 to shareholders of record as of June 5.
  55. Home Depot Stock To Trade Ex-Dividend Tuesday (HD)

    May 30, 2016
    Home Depot will send its dividend payment on June 16 to shareholders of record as of June 2.
  56. Workday Stock Declines Ahead of Q1 Earnings (WDAY)

    May 30, 2016
    Wall Street expects the cloud-computing software company to deliver a year-over-year increase in revenue and flat earnings.
  57. Medtronic Stock Rises Ahead of Q4 Earnings (MDT)

    May 30, 2016
    Wall Street expects the medical device manufacturer to deliver a year-over-year increases in both revenue and earnings.
  58. TiVo Stock Rises Ahead of Q1 Earnings (TIVO, ROVI)

    May 30, 2016
    Wall Street expects the television entertainment company to deliver flat earnings growth, while revenue is expected to rise ...
  59. Idea-Driven Companies: What Are the Pros and Cons for Investors?

    May 30, 2016
    Discover how idea-intensive companies pose significant risk while presenting ample opportunity and creating competition in ...
  60. Germany ETFs: Will Volkswagen Cause Contagion Risk? (VOW3.DE)

    May 30, 2016
    Find out about Volkswagen's emissions scandal, and learn about the reasons why investors of German ETFs should worry about ...
  61. Wintrust Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (WTFC, FNMA)

    May 30, 2016
    Find out if Wintrust Mortgage can provide the high-quality service you are looking for when it is time to make your mortgage ...
  62. The Top 5 Growth Equity Managers in the Mid-West for 2016

    May 29, 2016
    Learn about growth equity firms in the Midwest, along with the growth of private funding firms and managers due to the technology ...
  63. Smart Beta: Investors Should Still Prefer Passive Investment ...

    May 29, 2016
    Compare the attributes of passive investing versus smart beta funds, including three reasons to prioritize ETFs that track ...
  64. The Share Buyback Report: The Materials Sector (MON, LYB)

    May 29, 2016
    Analyze share repurchase data for the materials sector to determine which factors influence buybacks. Examine trends, and ...
  65. SPDR: Which ETF Dividends Grew the Most Since 2011 (XLF, XRE)

    May 29, 2016
    Invest for dividend growth by looking at the top three SPDR ETFs with leading dividend growth rates to help you decide if ...
  66. 4 Billionaires Who Graduated from Princeton University (AMZN, ...

    May 29, 2016
    Learn about the professional accomplishments and net worth of four billionaires who studied as undergraduates at Princeton ...
  67. The Share Buyback Report: The Consumer Staples Sector

    May 29, 2016
    Analyze share repurchase data for the consumer staples sector. Identify the factors that influence buybacks over time and ...
  68. EWW iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF: Who Is Invested?

    May 29, 2016
    Learn what you should know about the investors underlying the EWW exchange-traded fund in order to ensure a sound investment.
  69. High Beta Stocks: Risks to Consider Over a Long Horizon

    May 29, 2016
    Learn the risks of high-beta stocks if you are considering them for your portfolio. These stocks can provide strong returns ...
  70. U.S. Bank Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know

    May 28, 2016
    Learn about the financial profile and operations of U.S. Bancorp. Discover which mortgage products the bank offers and how ...
  71. The Top 4 Amazon Shareholders (AMZN)

    May 28, 2016
    Learn about the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States and discover details about the company's top four individual ...
  72. Peter Lynch's Eyeballing: When Is It Relevant? (FMAGX, DNKN)

    May 28, 2016
    Find out the key principles espoused by stock-picking legend Peter Lynch and whether they are as relevant today as they were ...
  73. High Dividend Stocks: 3 Things to Consider Before Buying

    May 28, 2016
    Discover some of the risks involved in investing in high-yield stocks, and learn about some of the factors that you should ...
  74. 3 ETFs Affected by the Failed Pfizer-Allergan Merger (PFE, AGN)

    May 28, 2016
    Discover three ETFs that were affected by the failed Pfizer and Allergan acquisition, and learn about the performances and ...
  75. Why It Doesn't Matter If the Equity Market Is Rigged

    May 28, 2016
    Look beyond Ben Bernanke’s stated goals of the quantitative easing program to learn what it did for the economy beyond boosting ...
  76. Wal-Mart Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (WMT)

    May 28, 2016
    Analyze Wal-Mart's capital structure to determine the relative contribution of debt and equity to financing the retailer's ...
  77. 3 Mutual Funds to Profit Off Millennial Spending Patterns (PRWAX, ...

    May 28, 2016
    Learn about millennials, and uncover their spending patterns. Discover three mutual funds that can be used to gain exposure ...
  78. The Best Airline Stocks for the Summer

    May 28, 2016
    Weak revenues and guidance aside, the airlines sector presents some excellent value going into one of the best travel seasons ...
  79. Stay Defensive with Your Summer Portfolio

    May 28, 2016
    With odds of a rate hike increasing, and an election in November, investors should look to rotate towards the defensive sectors ...
  80. Top Performing Stocks Going Into the Summer

    May 28, 2016
    Momentum chasers will love these plays.
  81. The Share Buyback Report: The Financial Sector

    May 28, 2016
    Examine historical buyback data from the financial sector to determine which quarters and companies contributed the most ...
  82. Eaton Vance's Highest Performance Mutual Funds in the Last 1 ...

    May 28, 2016
    Find out about Eaton Vance's top performing fund , the Atlanta Capital SMID-Cap Fund, and why it ranks as one of the top ...
  83. The Top 5 Rite Aid Shareholders (RAD)

    May 27, 2016
    Learn about the top five major direct shareholders of Rite Aid Corporation, and learn about these shareholders' positions ...
  84. Bank of America Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (BAC)

    May 27, 2016
    Learn about Bank of America, the mortgage products it offers, the rates it provides and a general consensus from consumer ...
  85. Eagle Asset Management's Highest-Performing Mutual Fund of All ...

    May 27, 2016
    Learn about Eagle Asset Management's highest-performing mutual fund since inception, the Smaller Company Fund. Read about ...
  86. Regional Bank ETF: Is KRE Still a Buy if Rate Hikes Are Unlikely?

    May 27, 2016
    Get a review and analysis of the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE), and learn why it's a good investment even if interest ...
  87. Cornetto Designs Rings to Stop You From Netflix Adultery (NFLX)

    May 27, 2016
    U.K. ice cream maker Cornetto released commitment rings that promise to stop your partner from watching your favorite Netflix ...
  88. Newest SPDR Industry ETF: FactSet Innovative Technology (XITK)

    May 27, 2016
    Get an overview of ETF newcomer SPDR FactSet Innovative Technology, and determine if innovative tech belongs in your investment ...
  89. Thermo Fisher Buys Microscope Tech Specialist FEI

    May 27, 2016
    Prominent laboratory supply company Thermo Fisher (NYSE: TMO) is set to add a new asset to its portfolio: It is to acquire ...
  90. Markets Unfazed by Western Digital's Guidance Cut

    May 27, 2016
    Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) has reduced its net profit guidance for its current quarter by around one-third, yet investors ...
  91. Brace for a Retail Stock Flop (TGT, M)

    May 27, 2016
    Leading U.S. retailers are reporting large unsold inventories. These are early signs that the retail sector's woes are far ...
  92. Whole Foods Combats an Invasive Fish by Selling It

    May 27, 2016
    Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is attempting to combat an invasive fish species that has been causing problems in the ...
  93. Can GoPro Benefit From the Red Bull Deal? (GPRO)

    May 27, 2016
    With an 82% fall in one year, can the marketing deal with Red Bull give GoPro some much-needed wings?
  94. Netflix Launches Fast.com to Test Internet Speeds (NFLX)

    May 27, 2016
    Netflix announces the launch of Fast.com, which will help consumers check the download speed of their internet.
  95. 4 Cases Against Smart Beta (RSP, SPY)

    May 27, 2016
    Learn about the cases critics have outlined against Smart Beta funds. While these funds have drawn significant inflows, many ...
  96. Luxury Homes Sales up by 80% (TOL)

    May 27, 2016
    How and why the luxury home sales are shooting up, and what it indicates for the overall housing sector.
  97. Sands and MSG to Build Big New Vegas Event Venue

    May 27, 2016
    Just how many major event venues can Las Vegas sustain? The Nevada gambling oasis was already been undergoing a building ...
  98. Intel Extends Its IoT Reach With Itseez Purchase

    May 27, 2016
    CEO Brian Krzanich has been discussing the need for Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) to move away from the world's dying PC marketplace ...
  99. When Will Apple Step Up to the AI Challenge (AAPL)?

    May 27, 2016
    Look to Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, kicking off 6/13/16, for an answer.
  100. The Share Buyback Report: The Consumer Discretionary Sector (XLY)

    May 27, 2016
    Analyze historical share repurchase data for the discretionary sector and identify the financial and economic factors that ...
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