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  1. Urban Outfitters: Is Upbeat Sales Data Cushioning the Stock? ...

    December 15, 2014
    Urban Outfitters (URBN) recently unveiled in a filing that its comparable retail segment net sales have improved in the low ...
  2. CBRE Corporate Rating Raised to Investment Grade by S&P - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    CBRE Group (CBG) has announced that Standard & Poor's Rating Services has raised its corporate rating to Investment Grade ...
  3. L Brands Shares Marching High: Are You Considering? - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Is L Brands, Inc. (LB) part of your portfolio? If not, then this is the right time to add the stock as it looks very promising.
  4. A 'Forgotten' Dividend Aristocrat That Combines Income And Growth

    December 15, 2014
    Among his many investing maxims, Warren Buffett makes ample sense when he says "only buy something you'd be perfectly happy ...
  5. M&T Bank Rises on Organic Growth, High Expenses a Worry? - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    On Dec 8, 2014, we issued an updated research report on M&T Bank Corporation (MTB). Shares of this major regional bank ...
  6. Grainger November Sales Rise 8% on Volume, Acquisitions - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) reported an 8% year-over-year increase in its Nov 2014 sales.
  7. Talisman Energy Soars on Speculation of Repsol Takeover - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Shares of Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM) gained over 16% following speculations that the Spanish oil firm, Repsol S.A. (REPYY) ...
  8. Merit Medical Wins FDA Approval for Multiple Devices - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Developer of medical devices, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (MMSI), recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...
  9. Rite Aid's (RAD) Solid November Sales Push to Strong Buy - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    On Dec 9, 2014, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Rite Aid (RAD) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  10. Charter Communications Pins Hopes on $20B Comcast Deal - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Charter Communications, Inc.'s (CHTR) agreement to take over cable TV customers from Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) should significantly ...
  11. Banks to Pay $74M for Settling MF Global Underwriting Case - ...

    December 15, 2014
    The case filed against 7 banks, for providing misleading statements related to the presently bankrupt MF Global Holdings ...
  12. Rent-A-Center Investors Not Too Happy with Dividend Hike - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Rent-A-Center (RCII) recent announcement of a dividend hike did not provide much impetus to this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock ...
  13. ChemoCentryx Up on Positive Diabetic Nephropathy Data - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    ChemoCentryx, Inc., announced positive top-line 52-week data from its phase II study on its candidate CCX140 for diabetic ...
  14. Simon Property Starts Work at Tampa Premium Outlets - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Simon Property (SPG) initiated construction at its multi-million dollar project, the Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel, ...
  15. Tetra Tech to Gain from Rising Federal Government Contracts - ...

    December 15, 2014
    Tetra Tech Inc. (TTEK) is gaining from improving commercial and government end markets and receiving some noteworthy contracts ...
  16. U.S. Cellular Divests Non-Strategic Mobile Towers - Analyst Blog

    December 15, 2014
    United States Cellular Corp. (USM) recently entered into a definitive agreement with Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC to sell ...
  17. Alexion's Soliris Receives Orphan Drug Status in Japan - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Alexion (ALXN) announced that Soliris has received orphan drug designation in Japan for the treatment of myasthenia gravis.
  18. Humana Poised on Strong Membership Gain amid Rising Costs - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    On Dec 12, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Humana Inc. (HUM).
  19. Oncothyreon Up on Gaining License to Oncology Candidate - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Shares of Oncothyreon Inc. (ONTY) soared 18.1% after it announced an exclusive license agreement with Array.
  20. Tata Motors' Nov 2014 Global Wholesales Nearly Hit 84K - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Tata Motors Limited (TTM) announced that its global wholesales, together with Jaguar Land Rover global wholesales stood at ...
  21. Vodafone Plans T-Mobile US Tie-Up to Re-enter U.S. Market - Analyst ...

    December 15, 2014
    Vodafone Group Plc. (VOD) has announced its intensions to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service utilizing ...
  22. Jazz Pharmaceuticals Starts Defibrotide Rolling NDA Filing - ...

    December 15, 2014
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) has started the rolling submission of a NDA for defibrotide.
  23. Alnylam Provides Pipeline Update, Growth Strategy - Analyst Blog

    December 15, 2014
    Alnylam (ALNY) announced a strategy for developing its RNAi therapeutics in three strategic therapeutic areas (STArs): genetic ...
  24. How To Trade The Biggest U.S. Companies In 2015

    December 15, 2014
    Apple, Microsoft, Exxon and Google have different outlooks for 2015. Here's a look at their technicals along with potential ...
  25. Westamerica Bancorp. (WABC): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 15, 2014
    Westamerica's third-quarter 2014 earnings were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Results benefited from a fall in ...
  26. LB Foster Company (FSTR): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 15, 2014
    L.B. Foster reported weak third-quarter 2014 results
  27. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 15, 2014
    We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on National Oilwell Varco. We like its healthy backlog, solid balance sheet ...
  28. Kennametal Inc. (KMT): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 15, 2014
    Kennametal's first-quarter fiscal 2015 results were impressive, with earnings coming in at $0.56 per share, up 14% year over ...
  29. Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 15, 2014
    Sirius XM reported mixed financial results in the third quarter of 2014, with its bottom line meeting the Zacks Consensus ...
  30. Adobe Systems (ADBE): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 15, 2014
    Adobe's fourth quarter earnings exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5 cents. However, management provided strong first ...
  31. Big Lots Inc (BIG): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 15, 2014
    In third-quarter fiscal 2014, Big Lots reported adjusted loss of $0.06 per share, a penny wider than the Zacks Consensus ...
  32. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): New Analyst Report from ...

    December 15, 2014
    Costco continues to be a dominant retail wholesaler based on the breadth and quality of the merchandises it offers. Having ...
  33. ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity ...

    December 15, 2014
    We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on ExxonMobil following its third-quarter 2014 release. The world's largest ...
  34. Visa Inc. (V): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 15, 2014
    Visa's constant synergies from diversified business, strategic acquisitions and alliances, technology upgrades, effective ...
  35. O'Reilly Automotive Inc. (ORLY): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 15, 2014
    O'Reilly posted a 22% increase in earnings to $2.06 per share in the third quarter of 2014, exceeding the Zacks Consensus ...
  36. Torchmark Corp. (TMK): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research ...

    December 15, 2014
    Torchmark Corp. reported third-quarter 2014 net operating income of $0.99 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate ...
  37. Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (EEP): New Analyst Report from ...

    December 15, 2014
    We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on Enbridge Energy units. The partnership's third quarter earnings and revenues ...
  38. The No. 1 Threat To National Security Is Turning Obama's Hair ...

    December 15, 2014
    Talk about a lousy way to start the day. Each morning, even when he's on vacation, the President of the United States sits ...
  39. The Alternative Income Investment That Could Yield 44% A Year

    December 15, 2014
    The stock market is heading into its sixth year of this bull run, and investors are getting increasingly skittish with each ...
  40. Bear of the Day: Statoil (STO) - Bear of the Day

    December 14, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Statoil (STO) - Bear of the Day
  41. Bull of the Day: Alaska Air Group (ALK) - Bull of the Day

    December 14, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Alaska Air Group (ALK) - Bull of the Day
  42. Will Housing Stabilize in the New Year? - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    December 14, 2014
    Will Housing Stabilize in the New Year? - Zacks Analyst Interviews
  43. Will Housing Stabilize in the New Year? - Industry Outlook

    December 14, 2014
    Will Housing Stabilize in the New Year? - Industry Outlook
  44. Homebuilding on a Rebound: Buy These Stocks? - Industry Outlook

    December 14, 2014
    Homebuilding on a Rebound: Buy These Stocks? - Industry Outlook
  45. How To Profit From The Insurance M&A Frenzy

    December 14, 2014
    When the directors at Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:AHL) were asked if they would sell the company to Endurance Specialty ...
  46. In The Week Ahead: Bears Are In Charge, But Gold Offers A Bright ...

    December 14, 2014
    In last week's Market Outlook, I cautioned readers that a 57-year pattern of seasonal weakness in the S&P 500 warned ...
  47. ShopRite: Supermarket Model for Modern Shoppers?

    December 12, 2014
    ShopRite is a supermarket model that stands out amid the everyday, widespread, corporate-controlled supermarket chains. But ...
  48. Ways To Cut 401(k) Expenses

    December 12, 2014
    You might need to be vigilant and a bit creative to lower overall 401(k) expenses, but the payoff can be big. Here's a quick ...
  49. Portfolio strategists are pushing more stocks on near-retirees ... but maybe not enough. Here are some 2020 target-date funds that'll do the work for you.

    A Portfolio For Savers Nearing Retirement

    December 12, 2014
    Portfolio strategists are pushing more stocks on near-retirees ... but maybe not enough. Here are some 2020 target-date funds ...
  50. Two years into his first term, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is following through on radical campaign promises he made to Mexican citizens for sweeping multi-industry reform.

    Mexicans Unsure about Mexican Reforms

    December 12, 2014
    Two years into his first term, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is following through on radical campaign promises he ...
  51. ChartAdvisor for December 12 2014

    December 12, 2014
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  52. 'Tis The Season For Food And Beverage Stocks

    December 12, 2014
    The holidays tend to be a gift to investors in defensive consumer stocks. Here's a food and beverage sector ETF (and its ...
  53. Where I'm Looking For One-Time Special Dividends

    December 12, 2014
    October 17th was a good day for investors. The Dow, reeling from a six-day slide, rebounded with a powerful 250-point gain. ...
  54. Insanely Undervalued Stock Could Rebound 50% When Oil Stabilizes

    December 12, 2014
    When stocks or commodities are tumbling, traders start to prepare for "capitulation." That's typically the final phase in ...
  55. Bear of the Day: Conn's (CONN) - Bear of the Day

    December 11, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Conn's (CONN) - Bear of the Day
  56. Bull of the Day: MiMedx (MDXG) - Bull of the Day

    December 11, 2014
    Bull of the Day: MiMedx (MDXG) - Bull of the Day
  57. This Country Is Far Outperforming The United States And China

    December 11, 2014
    During the Renaissance and the Age of the Exploration, where did everyone want to go? India. Christopher Columbus found Hispaniola ...
  58. Forget China, U.S. -- This Is The Best-Performing Market On The ...

    December 11, 2014
    During the Renaissance and the Age of the Exploration, where did everyone want to go? India. Christopher Columbus found Hispaniola ...
  59. How This Activist Investor Makes 40% Gains From REITs

    December 11, 2014
    Back in my Wall Street research days, we called it "Going to the dark side." Every year, a few of our fellow research analysts ...
  60. Factors investors should take into account before investing with Sina Corp (SINA).

    Should You Pass on Sina Corp.?

    December 11, 2014
    The top 4 fundamentals factors investors should take into account before investing with Sina Corp (SINA).
  61. Facebook Developing New Technologies To Stay On Top

    Facebook's Quest For Relevance Leads To New Tech

    December 11, 2014
    the seed from which Facebook sprouted was an immature, perhaps even tacky website that allowed the student community to vote ...
  62. Missed out on the Alibaba IPO? No problem. These ETFs offer investors easy access to the Chinese e-commerce giant.

    Interested In Alibaba? Eye These ETFs

    December 11, 2014
    Missed out on the Alibaba IPO? No problem. These ETFs offer investors easy access to the Chinese e-commerce giant.
  63. Profiting From China's Breakout: The Right Funds

    December 11, 2014
    China's prospects for growth, and for rewarding investments, can't be debated. Here are some worthwhile funds to invest in, ...
  64. The Treasury and the IRS have issued new guidance on pairing annuities with target date funds.

    Guidance On Pairing Annuities, Target Date Funds

    December 11, 2014
    The Treasury and the IRS have issued new guidance on pairing annuities with target date funds. Here's a look.
  65. If you need to ship titanic volumes of sundry products across sweeping distances, nothing's better than rail, where Union Pacific is a titan.

    How Union Pacific Makes Its Money

    December 11, 2014
    If you need to ship titanic volumes of sundry products across sweeping distances, nothing's better than rail, where Union ...
  66. Compelled to rollover your retirement plan? Beware of bad advice, unsuitable options and 'toxic' tactics.

    Tread Carefully With Retirement Plan Rollovers

    December 11, 2014
    Compelled to rollover your retirement plan? Beware of bad advice, unsuitable options and 'toxic' tactics.
  67. Qualcomm Bucks Short Interest Trend In Semiconductor Stocks

    December 11, 2014
    By and large, short interest in the leading semiconductor stocks shrank between the November 14 and November 28 settlement ...
  68. Drilling Down into the Oil Situation - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 11, 2014
    Oil prices will need to drop much lower, perhaps into $30's, to halt production altogether from existing shale wells.
  69. Commodities Set Up For A Continued Move Lower

    December 11, 2014
    Commodities have been suffering since late summer, and unfortunately for the bulls it doesn’t appear that the situation is ...
  70. Revealed: The Most Shareholder-Friendly Companies On The Planet

    December 11, 2014
    Over the past few weeks, I've been revealing to StreetAuthority Daily readers how my research team and I honed in on "The ...
  71. The Third Trait That Helps 'Forever Stocks' Crush The Market

    December 11, 2014
    Over the past few weeks, I've been revealing to StreetAuthority.com readers how my research team and I honed in on "The 1 ...
  72. Powerful Breakout Signals This Retailer Is An Immediate 'Buy'

    December 11, 2014
    When searching for trades, I typically focus on fundamentals first and use the chart as a tool to time the trade and estimate ...
  73. 3 Reasons This Retail Stock Is An Immediate Buy

    December 11, 2014
    When searching for trades, I typically focus on fundamentals first and use the chart as a tool to time the trade and estimate ...
  74. Bull of the Day: Michaels (MIK) - Bull of the Day

    December 10, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Michaels (MIK) - Bull of the Day
  75. Bear of the Day: Carmike Cinemas (CKEC) - Bear of the Day

    December 10, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Carmike Cinemas (CKEC) - Bear of the Day
  76. Patrick Byrne's Interest In Bitcoin Was A Good Call, It Turns ...

    December 10, 2014
    Patric Byrne and his interest in Bitcoin is much beyond a 'publicity stunt' that many had initially alleged. He sees a future ...
  77. The One Bank Poised To Thrive Despite New Regulations

    December 10, 2014
    Investors have been warming up to bank stocks in a big way. The KBW Bank Index jumped 50% over the past two years, and a ...
  78. While aspects of both Baidu and Google’s web based operations are quite similar, the companies themselves vary immensely.

    Baidu Versus Google: Who Will Win The Global Search War?

    December 10, 2014
    While aspects of both Baidu and Google’s web based operations are quite similar, the companies themselves vary immensely.
  79. To undercut competitors in the online space, opaque pricing and auction nights have provided leaders in the hotel industry a means to increase reservations.

    Hotel Night Auctions Explained

    December 10, 2014
    To undercut competitors in the online space, opaque pricing and auction nights have provided leaders in the hotel industry ...
  80. Pimco has stabilized its Total Return fund, but its returns are still shaky and its sales load is still a fat one.

    A Look At Pimco's Total Return Fund Post-Gross

    December 10, 2014
    Pimco has stabilized its Total Return fund, but its returns are still shaky and its sales load is still a fat one.
  81. Are These Uptrending Stocks About To Move Higher?

    December 10, 2014
    When a stock is trending higher it can be hard to pick out a buy point. Drawing lines around the price action helps. Here ...
  82. Writing Covered Calls On ETFs

    December 10, 2014
    The strategy of writing covered calls on ETFs can limit your losses and hedge risk, but they cap your upside potential.
  83. American investors looking to diversify their portfolio to include Russian stocks can do so easily by purchasing shares of American Depository Receipts (ADRs).

    Top Russian Stocks For American Investors

    December 10, 2014
    American investors looking to diversify their portfolio to include Russian stocks can do so easily by purchasing shares of ...
  84. Is the Stock Correlation Strategy Effective?

    December 10, 2014
    The synchronized movement among stocks and markets in recent years is challenging diversification.
  85. Earnings Quality, the Facebook Example

    December 10, 2014
    When judging Facebook's quality of earnings it is important to understand the various sources of revenue and trends in those ...
  86. Not All Online Trading Brokers Are Created Equal

    December 10, 2014
    The online trading broker market is becoming more and more competitive. Small differences between them can add up to big ...
  87. Q4 Estimates Raining Down - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 10, 2014
    Estimates have been coming down for more than two years now, though the magnitude of negative revisions for Q4 is the highest ...
  88. The Most Bullish Development For This Commodity In Years

    December 10, 2014
    Back in September, we told you about one of the most "hated" commodities on earth and how recent bullish developments could ...
  89. My Number 1 International Pick for 2015

    December 10, 2014
    Ask six market analysts what they think about Chinese stocks and you're liable to get a dozen answers. Those opinions will ...
  90. My Number One International Pick For 2015

    December 10, 2014
    Ask six market analysts what they think about Chinese stocks and you're liable to get a dozen answers. Those opinions will ...
  91. Bear of the Day: Bon Ton (BONT) - Bear of the Day

    December 9, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Bon Ton (BONT) - Bear of the Day
  92. Time's Ripe for Publishing Stocks: Here's Why - Industry Outlook

    December 9, 2014
    Time's Ripe for Publishing Stocks: Here's Why - Industry Outlook
  93. Bull of the Day: Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) - Bull of the Day

    December 9, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) - Bull of the Day
  94. When most investors begin planning for a steady income stream in retirement, they tend to gravitate towards fixed-income as a predominant asset class.

    Funds That Should Be On Every Investor’s Radar

    December 9, 2014
    When most investors begin planning for a steady income stream in retirement, they tend to gravitate towards fixed-income ...
  95. The Best Canadian Play On Cheap Oil

    December 9, 2014
    Crude oil prices are at three-year lows, falling more than 20% since late June on weak demand from China and abundant supply ...
  96. There are many ways to rank the word's most powerful companies. Looking at market value, brand value or sales revenue are all methods used to rank the biggest companies in the world.

    Most Powerful And Influential Public Companies In 3 Metrics

    December 9, 2014
    There are many ways to rank the word's most powerful companies. Looking at market value, brand value or sales revenue are ...
  97. Will This Country Be The 'Silk Road' Of The 21st Century?

    December 9, 2014
    The Bosphorus River, which divides the eastern and western sections of Istanbul, is also thought of as the dividing line ...
  98. Knowing the special circumstances that insurance companies operate under helps in evaluating whether or not a listed insurance company is a good investment and whether the economic environment is conducive to profitability for these companies.

    How To Invest In Insurance Companies

    December 9, 2014
    Knowing the special circumstances that insurance companies operate under helps in evaluating whether or not a listed insurance ...
  99. Who are Qualcomm's (QCOM) main competitors?

    December 9, 2014
    Learn about Qualcomm's different operating segments and its competitors in each segment, such as Texas Instruments, Nokia ...
  100. American investors looking to diversify their portfolio to include Indian stocks can do so easily by purchasing shares ADRs of Indian stocks.

    Top Indian Stocks For American Investors

    December 9, 2014
    American investors looking to diversify their portfolio to include Indian stocks can do so easily by purchasing shares ADRs ...
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