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  1. Berkshire's Bet on Phillips a Sign of Higher Oil?

    August 31, 2015
    Is Warren Buffett betting on higher oil prices? Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) revealed last week a 58 million ...
  2. Has SanDisk Found a Bottom?

    August 31, 2015
    Learn whether SanDisk has found a bottom. SanDisk is a manufacturer of memory-based products used in all sorts of technology ...
  3. ETF Analysis: iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets Bond

    August 31, 2015
    Learn about the iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond fund, which invests in bonds of sovereign and quasi-sovereign ...
  4. ETF Analysis: SPDR Dow Jones International RelEst

    August 31, 2015
    Learn how the SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate exchange-traded fund (ETF) is managed and for whom the ETF is most ...
  5. The Biggest Private Equity Firms in San Francisco

    August 31, 2015
    Learn about some of the larger private equity firms with a presence in San Francisco, including KKR, the Blackstone Group ...
  6. The Companies of Peter Theil's Founders Fund

    August 31, 2015
    Learn about the major public companies that Peter Thiel has invested in and companies that are on the verge of going public ...
  7. Top 5 Chinese Mutual Funds

    August 31, 2015
    Learn about some of the most popular and best performing mutual funds that offer investors exposure to the important emerging ...
  8. The Biggest Private Equity Firms in Los Angeles

    August 31, 2015
    Learn why Los Angeles is a thriving market for private equity, and identify the five largest private equity firms operating ...
  9. ETF Analysis: Schwab US Large-Cap

    August 31, 2015
    Discover how the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap exchange-traded fund is managed, the index it tracks and the investors for which it ...
  10. ETN Analysis: Rogers Intl Commodity Energy Total Return

    August 31, 2015
    Learn more about the Rogers International Commodity Total Return, which is an exchange-traded note that tracks a broad index ...
  11. High Expectations For Ambarella In An Otherwise Quiet Earnings ...

    August 30, 2015
    The week's economic calendar is highlighted by the Federal Reserve's next Beige Book report and a look at the employment ...
  12. The Rise of Corporate Venture Capital

    August 28, 2015
    After the success of Google Ventures, corporate venture capital is an increasingly popular diversification and hedging tool ...
  13. Factors Driving Kroger's Success

    August 28, 2015
    Kroger’s focus on optimizing customer experience and cultivating its own product lines has proven to be successful strategy.
  14. What’s Plaguing Twitter and Yelp?

    August 28, 2015
    Yelp and Twitter have recently become grounded in reality and unable to justify their sky-high stock valuations.
  15. Three Companies That Will Benefit From Online Gaming

    August 28, 2015
    Certain companies stand to benefit from the increasing popularity of the online gambling industry in the U.S., as well as ...
  16. These Are The Best Hours To Trade the British Pound

    August 28, 2015
    The best times to trade the British pound are centered around economic releases at 1:30 am, 2:00 am, 8:30 am and 10:00 am ...
  17. Chart Advisor for August 28, 2015

    August 28, 2015
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  18. Netflix Partnering With Softbank for Japan Launch

    August 28, 2015
    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) wants to expand its service around the world, and it has set its sights on Japan as the next country ...
  19. Best Buy Turnaround Moves Forward

    August 28, 2015
    Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) CEO Hubert Joly took on a thankless task. He was charged with revitalizing a moribund retail brand ...
  20. Avian Flu Plucks Sanderson Farms' Feathers

    August 28, 2015
    Although the avian flu outbreak earlier this year mostly hit the country's turkey population, affecting some 40 million ...
  21. Sony May Be the First to Get Its Drones Airborne

    August 28, 2015
    Sony (NYSE: SNE) wants to put drones into commercial use, and its plan extends beyond the use of unmanned flying vehicles ...
  22. DSW Posts Mixed Second Quarter

    August 28, 2015
    The shoes are comfortable at footwear and accessories retail chain operator DSW (NYSE: DSW). The company released second ...
  23. Medtronic Makes a $458 Million Acquisition

    August 28, 2015
    The largest pure-play medical devices maker just got larger. Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) announced this week that it signed a ...
  24. Coca-Cola Shoots for 100% Water Replenishment

    August 28, 2015
    "Do no harm" seemingly now applies to more than just doctors. Companies have taken up the pledge and are working to lessen ...
  25. Krispy Kreme to Open Doughnut Shops in Myanmar

    August 28, 2015
    In the business world, there are emerging markets, and there are emerging markets. The gradually opening Southeast Asian ...
  26. Equity

    August 28, 2015
    The value of an asset less the value of all liabilities on that asset.
  27. Is the Sun Setting on Tuesday Morning?

    August 28, 2015
    On Monday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rattled investors by starting off with a 1,000-point plunge, closeout retailer ...
  28. Lifeway Foods Increasing Kefir Production Fivefold

    August 28, 2015
    Probiotics, or the so-called "good bacteria" in your gut, have gone mainstream, and Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ: LWAY), as the ...
  29. Derivative

    August 28, 2015
    A security with a price that is dependent upon or derived from one or more underlying assets.
  30. Monsanto Ends Pursuit of Syngenta

    August 28, 2015
    The long courtship is over, and it won't end in marriage. Monsanto (NYSE: MON) has officially dropped its bid for Switzerland-based ...
  31. The European Effect on Google's Bottom Line

    August 28, 2015
    The EU is turning up the heat on Google. What effect will it have on the company's bottom line?
  32. Did 1 Billion People Really Use Facebook In 24 Hours?

    August 27, 2015
    Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a message on Thursday to promote the company's newest milestone. ...
  33. How To Buy Penny Stocks (While Avoiding Scammers)

    August 27, 2015
    Penny stocks are risky business. If want to trade in them, here's how to preserve your trading capital and even score the ...
  34. How To Calculate Minority Interest

    August 27, 2015
    Minority interest calculations require the use of minority shareholders’ percentage ownership of a subsidiary, after controlling ...
  35. Value Stocks Offer Stability in a Volatile Market

    August 27, 2015
    With volatility on the rise, investors are turning to segments of strength such as value stocks. We'll take a look at several ...
  36. Synergy Resources Names a New CFO

    August 27, 2015
    Synergy Resources (NYSEMKT: SYRG) has drawn from within its sector for its latest executive hire. The company announced ...
  37. Target Taps Stores for Faster Delivery

    August 27, 2015
    Target (NYSE: TGT) is discovering the secret weapon brick-and-mortar retailers have at their disposal to fight back against ...
  38. Showdown Looming Over Mondelez Cost Cutting?

    August 27, 2015
    Is this a case of "what have you done for me lately" or can international snack food maker Mondelez International (NASDAQ: ...
  39. LINN Energy and LinnCo Both Get a New CFO

    August 27, 2015
    LINN Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) and its publicly traded subsidiary LinnCo (NASDAQ: LNCO) both have a new CFO. The parent company ...
  40. Southern Makes a $12 Billion Acquisition

    August 27, 2015
    Southern (NYSE: SO) has added a big new asset to its portfolio, reaching a definitive agreement to acquire natural gas utility ...
  41. Westlake Chemical Raises Dividend by 10%

    August 27, 2015
    Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK) has concocted a higher dividend for its shareholders, lifting its quarterly payout to $0.1815 ...
  42. Anheuser-Busch InBev in Royal Trademark Row

    August 27, 2015
    The King of Beers doesn't want to share the throne. Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) filed a complaint with the U.S. Patent ...
  43. TASER Floods Market With More Police Body Cams

    August 27, 2015
    Made famous by its eponymous stun guns, TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR) is becoming more and more a company whose fortunes ...
  44. Should You Follow Millionaires into This Sector?

    August 27, 2015
    Millionaire investors—and those who follow them—should take another look at the current economic situation before making ...
  45. Kratos Completes Electronic Products Divestment

    August 27, 2015
    Nearly three months ago, San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS) announced plans to sell ...
  46. Crawford & Co. Searches for New CEO

    August 27, 2015
    Recent volatility in the stock market makes this a particularly bad time for any company to be without a leader. Yet that's ...
  47. Biogen And Gilead Sciences Catch The Eye Of Short Sellers

    August 27, 2015
    Between the July 31 and August 14 settlement dates, the number of shares short in the leading biotech and emerging pharmaceutical ...
  48. Gap Quickly Becoming a Fast Fashion Retailer

    August 27, 2015
    Based on the success it has had with its Old Navy brand, Gap Stores (NYSE: GPS) is getting out of the slow lane of retail ...
  49. McDonald's Inks Second Franchising Deal in Russia

    August 27, 2015
    Hard as it is to believe, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has had but a single franchisee in Russia ... until now, that is. Last ...
  50. Stocks to Short...When the Dust Settles

    August 26, 2015
    Four short trades to consider, but not quite yet. Let the dust settle and wait for a pullback to resistance for a higher ...
  51. Using Moving Averages To Trade The Volatility Index (VIX)

    August 26, 2015
    VIX moving averages smooth out the natural choppiness of the indicator, letting traders and market timers access reliable ...
  52. 10 Reasons The Stock Market Rebounded Two Mornings After Black ...

    August 26, 2015
    After the famed – yet infamous – Black Monday market selloff, indices have started to recuperate. The Dow Jones Industrial ...
  53. China Mobile and Its Telecom Peers Swap CEOs

    August 26, 2015
    China has just shuffled the leaders at its three state-owned telecoms -- China Mobile (NYSE: CHL), China Telecom (NYSE: ...
  54. Intel Invests $100 Million in Mirantis

    August 26, 2015
    Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) recently led a $100 million investment in Mirantis, which develops a version of OpenStack, an open-source ...
  55. Glaxo in $1 Billion Ofatumumab Deal With Novartis

    August 26, 2015
    In the latest deal between two pharmaceutical majors that clearly like doing business with each other, GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: ...
  56. NVIDIA Aims New Chip at Competitive Gamers

    August 26, 2015
    For as much as NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has expanded in recent years, the company still does plenty to cater to the gamers ...
  57. IMAX Gaining Traction in China

    August 26, 2015
    China is rapidly becoming the most important market for IMAX (NYSE: IMAX). Last week, the company announced a deal to bring ...
  58. Investors Greet Intuit Earnings with a Sell-Off

    August 26, 2015
    Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), the biggest name in tax-preparation software, recently reported full-year fiscal 2015 earnings with ...
  59. Pentagon Lays Out Cash for SatCom Sets

    August 26, 2015
    Late last week, satellite communications company ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT) won a major Pentagon contract worth $514.3 million. ...
  60. Altria Extends Streak With Another Dividend Raise

    August 26, 2015
    Altria Group (NYSE: MO) is once again lighting up its dividend. The tobacco giant has increased its quarterly distribution ...
  61. Cinemark Theaters Taps Dreamworks COO for New CEO

    August 26, 2015
    After a short tenure as COO of DreamWorks Animation and a long career in a number of positions at Disney, Mark Zoradi has ...
  62. Schlumberger Acquires Cameron International

    August 26, 2015
    A major development took place in the US Oil Services sector when Schlumberger, the largest oil services company in the world, ...
  63. Survey Shows Need for McDonald's All-Day Breakfast

    August 26, 2015
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) customers have long lamented that late-morning turnover where the company switches its breakfast ...
  64. What to Expect from Skechers' 3-to-1 Stock Split

    August 26, 2015
    Footwear maker Skechers (NYSE: SKX) has ridden the trend away from overpriced sneakers, watching its stock soar to record ...
  65. Activist Investor Quickly Wins Sysco Board Seat

    August 26, 2015
    Just days after activist billionaire investor Nelson Peltz revealed a 7% stake in Sysco (NYSE: SYY) that was taken with ...
  66. Yum! Brands Sells "Better Chicken" Chain

    August 26, 2015
    After only briefly experimenting with the concept of "better chicken" restaurants, Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) has sold its ...
  67. Salesforce.com Tops Second Quarter Estimates

    August 26, 2015
    Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) recently reported second quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates on the top and bottom ...
  68. Oceaneering International Shuffles Its "C" Level

    August 26, 2015
    Big changes were afoot on the executive deck at Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) last week. The biggest name in underwater ...
  69. The Safest Stocks You Can Invest in Right Now

    August 26, 2015
    These stocks are likely to hold up better than others in a bear market, but there's a twist.
  70. Are Hedge Fund ETFs Suitable for Your Portfolio?

    August 26, 2015
    Are hedge fund ETFs right for you? Here's what investors need to consider.
  71. What to Cut From Your Portfolio Right Now

    August 26, 2015
    Owning stocks may shortly become too scary for your portfolio. Here's why, and here are some alternatives.
  72. Traders Step Back to Assess Commodities Damage

    August 25, 2015
    Traders are turning to these exchange-traded notes and exchange-traded funds to analyze key commodities and determine what ...
  73. Rise of Netflix Making Nielsen Ratings Obsolete

    August 25, 2015
    Netflix is a major disrupter of traditional television programming production and distribution. The once all-powerful Nielsen ...
  74. Ralph Lauren Introduces Wearable Tech Shirt

    August 25, 2015
    Now this is how to be fashionable and tech-forward at the same time. Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL), famous for its long-established ...
  75. Raptor Pharmaceutical Makes an Acquisition

    August 25, 2015
    In a bid to widen its portfolio of rare disease treatments, Raptor Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ: RPTP) has opened its wallet. ...
  76. Zillow Splits Its Stock -- What Now for Investors?

    August 25, 2015
    Shares of Zillow Group (NASDAQ: Z) (NASDAQ: ZG) split last week, fulfilling the promise the real estate portal made in July ...
  77. Starbucks Finds a New Partner in Puerto Rico

    August 25, 2015
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has been successful in rapidly expanding into new markets by allowing experienced local operators ...
  78. A Day In The Life of A Professional Forex Trader

    August 25, 2015
    The professional forex trader lives an affluent lifestyle but pays the price with many hours of research and market watching.
  79. Why Google Chromebooks Are a Hit in Schools

    August 25, 2015
    Google Chromebooks have been on a roll in the education technology market. What are the reasons for this success?
  80. Benefits of Regional Bank ETFs over Commercial Banks

    August 25, 2015
    The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF offers a stable local alternative to broad-based multinational commercial banking sector ...
  81. Can an Android Phone Save BlackBerry's Business?

    August 25, 2015
    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) CEO John Chen has done an admirable job making his company no longer dependent on its handset ...
  82. Target and Visa to Settle Over Data Breach

    August 25, 2015
    The impact from Target's (NYSE: TGT) massive data breach two years ago continues to be felt as the retailer is said to have ...
  83. Abercrombie Poaching Competition to Shake Up Sales

    August 25, 2015
    Suffering from sagging sales as fast fashion rivals lure away customers, teen retailer Abercombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) ...
  84. Investors Overreact to Boeing's Bad News

    August 25, 2015
    Last week, news reports emerged confirming that air safety officials in Britain are blaming a Honeywell (NYSE:HON) built ...
  85. U.S. Rivers Fouled With Bee, Bird Killing Neonics

    August 25, 2015
    The U.S. Geological Survey says chemicals made by industry giants like Bayer (NASDAQOTH: BAYRY) and Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) ...
  86. Index or Target Dates in 401(k)s: Which is Better?

    August 25, 2015
    A common question is whether or not plan participants should choose index or target date funds in a 401(k). The answer depends ...
  87. Morgan Stanley's Profitablity: Bank on It (MS)

    August 25, 2015
    The economy offers few certainties, but Morgan Stanley's profitability might be one of them.
  88. Is Etsy Going to Sellout to Make a Profit?

    August 25, 2015
    Is Etsy going to sellout to make a profit?
  89. Steve Ells Biography

    August 25, 2015
    Steve Ells is a bit of an anomaly in the fast food world. By refusing to bow to the rules of fast food, Ells has created ...
  90. Jack Ma Biography

    August 25, 2015
    Jack Ma is not tech savvy and is far from a traditional tech genius like his predecessors who founded and grew ecommerce ...
  91. Hewlett-Packard Company Prepares to Split

    August 25, 2015
    Analysts weigh in on HP post-earnings as the technology company prepares to split
  92. Is Alphabet the Next Berkshire Hathaway?

    August 25, 2015
    Google has made headlines for self-driving cars and biotech products, but the most profitable part of the business remains ...
  93. Why Alphabet Will Boost Google Stock Prices

    August 24, 2015
    Why is Google changing its name to Alphabet and what does this mean for shareholders?
  94. Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

    August 24, 2015
    A security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets like an index fund, but trades like a stock on an exchange.
  95. Strategizing for a Market Fall...or Rally

    August 24, 2015
    The downtrend isn't confirmed yet, so be prepared with trades for whether the stock market rallies or continues to fall. ...
  96. Deere Posts Big Q3 Declines but Beats Estimates

    August 24, 2015
    Is Deere (NYSE: DE) plowing the wrong field? Investors might be thinking so, after the agricultural machinery giant released ...
  97. Siliconware Precision Skyrockets on Buyout Talks

    August 24, 2015
    Investors may be getting a little ahead of themselves as it relates to the frenetic buying of Siliconware Precision Industries ...
  98. Pre-Split HP Beats on Q3 EPS, Misses on Top Line

    August 24, 2015
    Mere months before Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) divides into a pair of separate companies, it's not providing a great deal ...
  99. United Natural Foods Rises on Strong Revenue

    August 24, 2015
    Ever interested in the latest fad, Americans have become avid fans of "healthy," "organic," and "natural" foods. And with ...
  100. Traditional Media Suffers, Cord Cutters Win

    August 24, 2015
    Last week, a majority of media stocks including Time Warner, Walt Disney, CBS Corp., Viacom, among others, took a hammering ...
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