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  1. What is the formula for calculating earnings per share (EPS)?

    December 30, 2015
    Learn why earnings per share (EPS) is often considered to be one of the most important variables in determining a stock’s ...
  2. 3 ETF Strategies for Growth in the Middle East for 2016 (EIS, ...

    December 30, 2015
    Learn about the state of the Middle East, the risks that face the region in 2016 and the top three ETFs that should be considered ...
  3. The Top 3 Biotechnology Stocks for 2016 (AMGN, VRX)

    December 30, 2015
    Find out more about the top three biotechnology stocks to consider in 2016, and learn about their characteristics and why ...
  4. The Top 4 Small-Cap Oil Stocks for 2016 (ALDW, ALJ)

    December 30, 2015
    Discover detailed analyses of the top four oil stocks in 2016, and learn about their fundamentals and why they may be poised ...
  5. Procter & Gamble's 3 Key Financial Ratios (PG)

    December 30, 2015
    Understand how sales growth has become a bigger challenge for Procter & Gamble and what impact it has on the company's profitability ...
  6. 5 Popular Stocks with Short Squeeze Potential (FIT, GME)

    December 30, 2015
    A short squeeze can lead to big gains and make your year (if the risks aren't too great). Here are five stocks with short ...
  7. The Top 5 Mid Cap Silver Stocks for 2016 (SLW, TAHO)

    December 30, 2015
    Take a look at the top silver mining stocks with market values in the mid-cap range that investors can consider buying into ...
  8. Is This Hot Sector ETF Worth Considering? (FV)

    December 30, 2015
    The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF tracks the hottest sectors. Should it be on your radar?
  9. Are the Retail ETFs XRT and RTH a Good Buy Now?

    December 30, 2015
    These two ETFs offer diversification in the retail sector. But are they a good buy right now?
  10. VBK: Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF

    December 30, 2015
    Take a close look at the Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF, which focuses on domestic small-cap equities with a fundamental growth ...
  11. The Top 5 ETFs to Track the FTSE X0 for 2016 (UK)

    December 30, 2015
    Read about some of the best ETFs offering exposure to mid- and large-cap companies in the United Kingdom, and decide whether ...
  12. 3 Best Airline ETFs for 2016 (JETS, XTN)

    December 30, 2015
    Read about several of the best ETFs for investors interested in airline exposure, including the market's only pure-play ETF ...
  13. The 3 Best Shipping Services to Use This Holiday Season (UPS, ...

    December 30, 2015
    Look at the strengths, weaknesses and comparative costs of the three best shipping companies: the U.S. Postal Service, UPS ...
  14. Top 4 Waddell & Reed Funds for Retirement Diversification in ...

    December 30, 2015
    Learn which four Waddell & Reed mutual funds are best for retirement savings diversification. Discover how to spread your ...
  15. The Top 4 Mid-Cap Oil Stocks for 2016 (PBF, HFC)

    December 30, 2015
    Explore detailed analyses of the top four oil-related stocks for 2016, and learn about the characteristics of these stocks ...
  16. Is Alcatel-Lucent Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (ALU)

    December 30, 2015
    Learn about whether Alcatel-Lucent is better as a retirement investment in a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. Find out about ...
  17. A Closer Look at FedEx

    December 30, 2015
    Despite being poised to profit from the rise of globalization and e-commerce, FedEx faces its share of challenges. We take ...
  18. Top 4 Stocks Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for 2016 (MTU, ...

    December 30, 2015
    Learn about the top Japanese stocks listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for 2016. Read about problems Sony has had over the ...
  19. Ford Vs. Chevy: Comparing Business Models and Strategies (F, ...

    December 30, 2015
    Learn about how the business models of Ford and General Motors compare, including market share, recent performance and brand ...
  20. IBM and HP May See 30% Upside in 2016

    December 30, 2015
    It may only take a stroke of luck to turn 2015's losers into 2016's Cinderellas.
  21. Theranos' Troubles Continue

    December 30, 2015
    Biotech startup Theranos is in trouble again with two former employees alleging malpractices with the company's methods and ...
  22. Bulls Shouldn't Count On A Reversal In Commodities

    December 30, 2015
    2015 was a tough year on commodity investors and while a short-term bounce higher could be in the cards, it probably isn't ...
  23. Pros and Cons of These Breakout Stocks (FB, IM)

    December 30, 2015
    These stocks are breaking out, or close to it. Here are the pros and cons of trading these stocks right now.
  24. 2016 Could Be Another Great Year For The Consumer Discretionary ...

    December 30, 2015
    Consumer spending was in full force in the fourth quarter of 2015. We'll take a look at the companies that stand to benefit ...
  25. 2 Perfect Stocks Based on EV/EBIT (HP, AHC)

    December 29, 2015
    Using EV/EBIT ratios in a search for perfect stocks shows strong returns.
  26. How WhatsApp Makes Money

    December 29, 2015
    In short, WhatsApp makes money just $1 at a time.
  27. Why Entrepreneurs Are Important for the Economy

    December 29, 2015
    This article discusses the importance of entrepreneurs and their important value-add to the economy of a state.
  28. CWB: SPDR Barclays Convertible Secs ETF

    December 29, 2015
    Read an in-depth analysis of the SPDR Barclays Capital Convertible Bond ETF, which tracks an index of high-growth potential ...
  29. VCIT: Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corp Bd ETF

    December 29, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the fund's characteristics, ...
  30. The 2016 Outlook for Wheat and Oat Futures

    December 29, 2015
    Oats futures shows greater upside potential than wheat futures in 2016.
  31. Is The Force with Electronic Arts Right Now? (EA)

    December 29, 2015
    Electronic Arts may scuffle or surge based on Star Wars. Who will win over the long haul; the longs or the shorts?
  32. Will Shake Shack Squeeze Shorts? (SHAK)

    December 29, 2015
    Shake Shack is loved by shorts. Are these investors taking on too much risk by shorting a growing company?
  33. The Top 5 Financials Stocks for 2016 (JPM, BAC)

    December 29, 2015
    Explore detailed analyses of the top five financials stocks to consider in 2016, and learn why they are poised to rise with ...
  34. Apple, Facebook, and Amazon have big plans (AAPL, FB)

    December 29, 2015
    Apple, Facebook, and Amazon all expanded their offerings in 2015. What do they have in store for 2016?
  35. 2 Reasons Apple Will Remain Undervalued in 2016

    December 29, 2015
    While Apple stock may continue to be a safe haven for investors and mutual funds, it will likely also remain a great source ...
  36. Reasons to Wait Before Biting Into BlackBerry Stock (BBRY)

    December 29, 2015
    Owing to strong fiscal third quarter results released on Dec. 18, BlackBerry Ltd. shares skyrocketed more than 10% after ...
  37. TLT: iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF

    December 28, 2015
    Learn about the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT). TLT is a very liquid ETF with low costs that allow investors to ...
  38. Oil Stocks That Benefit From OPEC Overproduction (TSO, HFC)

    December 28, 2015
    Despite falling oil prices, many oil refinery stocks have had a stellar performance. Here's a list of top performers with ...
  39. PayPal Vs. Venmo: Function versus Fun (PYPL, EBAY)

    December 28, 2015
    PayPal and Venmo are both great services depending on what the customer wants.
  40. MYY: ProShares Short MidCap400 ETF

    December 28, 2015
    Discover the benefits and drawbacks of the ProShares Short MidCap400 ETF, and learn which investors are best suited for the ...
  41. BND: Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF

    December 28, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard Total Bond Market exchange-traded fund, its primary portfolio holdings and risk/reward profile based ...
  42. The Top 5 Silver Stocks for 2016 (SLW, SVM)

    December 28, 2015
    Discover five silver miners positioned to be top silver stocks in 2016 and the factors behind why these companies should ...
  43. Search Engines That Compete With Google

    December 28, 2015
    While Bing now controls a substantial part of the online search market, the real threat to Google's dominance may come from ...
  44. Bitcoin's Main Stumbling Block: Navigating The Law

    December 28, 2015
    Coders created Bitcoin to be decentralized and independent of governments and banks. Authorities are still struggling to ...
  45. Value-Priced Stocks to Watch in 2016 (AMBC, VIPS)

    December 28, 2015
    In terms of P/E and Forward P/E these stocks are trading at low valuations. Watch these technical price levels for buying ...
  46. VBR: Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF

    December 28, 2015
    Find out about the Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF, and explore detailed analysis of its characteristics, suitability, recommendations ...
  47. Will Semiconductors Rebound in 2016?

    December 28, 2015
    Chip stocks didn't deliver the gains investors expected in 2015. And if not for M&A, some of 2015's winners might have been ...
  48. Is Red Hat a Good Fit For Your Portfolio in 2016? (RHT)

    December 28, 2015
    At a time when its operating expenses (up 15% in FQ3) are rising at a rate slightly higher than revenue (up 14.8% in FQ3), ...
  49. Clear Skies For Oracle Despite Cloud Revenue Struggles

    December 28, 2015
    With ORCL stock priced at just 12 times fiscal 2017 estimates of $2.82, its fair value should reach $45 in the next 12 to ...
  50. FAS: Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Obtain a thorough review and analysis of the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X fund, a leveraged ETF that tracks the performance ...
  51. TLH: iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Learn about the iShares 1-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF and its holdings, and understand why investors may be better served to ...
  52. FXI: iShares China Large-Cap ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Learn about iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 and its asset allocation and how investing in this fund comes with heightened risks ...
  53. MUB: iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Take an in-depth look at the iShares National AMT-Free Municipal Bond ETF, a highly diverse and very popular muni bond fund.
  54. BNO: United States Brent Oil Fund ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Learn more about the United States Brent Oil exchange-traded fund, the characteristics of the fund and the suitability and ...
  55. ERY: Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3x ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Learn about the Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3x (NYSE Arca: ERY) exchange-traded fund (ETF). ERY gains when energy prices drop, ...
  56. VXUS: Vanguard International Stock ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Discover how the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF is managed, and learn which investors may find it suitable as part ...
  57. PGX: PowerShares Preferred ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Read an in-depth analysis of the PowerShares Preferred ETF, a preferred share-based ETF that focuses on generating investor ...
  58. EWG: iShares MSCI Germany ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Learn about iShares MSCI Germany, which is a nondiversified exchange traded fund that invests principally in large-cap German ...
  59. UUP: PowerShares DB US Dollar ETF

    December 27, 2015
    Discover how an ETF can be used to bet on multiple different currency futures contracts with the PowerShares DB Dollar Index ...
  60. VEA: Vanguard MSCI EAFE ETF

    December 26, 2015
    Learn more about Vanguard's index-shifting, low-cost and non-U.S. market exchange-traded fund: the FTSE Developed ex U.S. ...
  61. FLRN: SPDR Barclays Investment Grd Fl Rt ETF

    December 26, 2015
    Learn more about the SPDR Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate Fund, which tracks an index of highly rated floating debt ...
  62. SCO: ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF

    December 26, 2015
    Find out about the ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF, the characteristics of the inverse ETF and the suitability ...
  63. XOP: SPDR S&P Oil & Gas ETF

    December 26, 2015
    Discover the investment strategy behind SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration and Production ETF, and learn what type of investor ...
  64. XLV: Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF

    December 26, 2015
    Learn about the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund including its performance, current holdings, recent performance and the ...
  65. XBI: SPDR S&P Biotech ETF

    December 26, 2015
    Discover the investment management style of SPDR S&P Biotech ETF, and learn which investors can benefit from the fund's focused ...
  66. SPXU: ProShares UltraPro Short S&P500 ETF

    December 26, 2015
    Find out information about the ProShares UltraPro Short S&P 500 exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed analysis of its ...
  67. DIG: Ultra Oil & Gas ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Find out more about the ProShares Ultra Oil & Gas exchange-traded fund, the characteristics of the ETF and the suitability ...
  68. VHT: Vanguard Health Care ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard Health Care ETF, its holdings and how it may be appropriate for a growth-oriented investor who wants ...
  69. EWS: iShares MSCI Singapore ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Learn more about BlackRock Advisor's iShares Singapore MSCI exchange-traded fund, which looks to mirror the holdings and ...
  70. EEM: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Learn more about the most liquid and highly traded emerging market ETF in the world -- the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ...
  71. UUP: Powershares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Explore information and detailed analysis of two popular currency exchange-traded funds, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish ...
  72. TZA: Direxion Small Cap Bear 3X ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Find out more about the Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X ETF, the characteristics of TZA and the suitability of the Direxion ...
  73. PXH: PowerShares FTSE RAFI Emerging Mkts ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Learn more about the PowerShares FTSE RAFI Emerging Markets ETF, a fundamentally weighted fund that tracks emerging market ...
  74. IYW: iShares US Technology ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Understand how the iShares US Technology exchange-traded fund (ETF) is managed, how it tracks its benchmark and for which ...
  75. SCHX: Schwab US Large-Cap ETF

    December 25, 2015
    Discover how the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap exchange-traded fund is managed, the index it tracks and the investors for which it ...
  76. SKYY: First Trust ISE Cloud Computing ETF

    December 24, 2015
    Find out about the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund, and a explore detailed analysis of its characteristics, suitability ...
  77. The Top 5 Dividend-Paying Financials Stocks for 2016 (WFC, JPM)

    December 24, 2015
    Discover analyses of the top five dividend-paying financial stocks for 2016, and learn why their stock prices and dividends ...
  78. Dish Network's 3 Key Financial Ratios (DISH)

    December 24, 2015
    Understand why some key financial ratios for Dish Network are universally worse than its peers' and the industry average ...
  79. UNG: United States Natural Gas Fund LP ETF

    December 24, 2015
    Find out more about the United States Natural Gas exchange-traded fund, the characteristics of the ETF and the suitability ...
  80. IHI: iShares US Medical Devices ETF

    December 24, 2015
    Learn about the iShares U.S. Medical Devices exchange-traded fund, its characteristics, suitability and recommendations for ...
  81. Costco's 4 Key Financial Ratios (COST)

    December 24, 2015
    Understand why low profitability ratios are good for Costco's business, have not hurt shareholder returns and, as a result, ...
  82. FV: First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF

    December 24, 2015
    Take a closer look at the First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF, a unique and innovative fund of funds based on momentum ...
  83. RSX: Market Vectors Russia ETF

    December 24, 2015
    Learn about Market Vectors Russia ETF, its top holdings, as well as cyclical and political risks associated with investing ...
  84. IYM: iShares US Basic Materials ETF

    December 24, 2015
    Learn about the iShares US Basic Materials exchange-traded fund, which invests in the equities of chemicals, metals and industrial ...
  85. The World's Top 10 Retailers (WMT, COST)

    December 24, 2015
    Read about some of the top retail companies in the world, and learn a little about the products they sell and the markets ...
  86. IJS: iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Value ETF

    December 24, 2015
    Learn how the iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Value exchange-traded fund is managed, which benchmark it tracks and for whom it ...
  87. ChartAdvisor for December 24 2015

    December 24, 2015
    Weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  88. Perfect Stocks Based on Book Value (HDNG, CLMS)

    December 23, 2015
    Searching for perfection can improve long-term returns.
  89. BNDX: Vanguard Total International Bond ETF

    December 23, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard Total International Bond exchange-traded fund, which invests in investment-grade foreign, sovereign ...
  90. The Top 5 Small Cap Silver Stocks for 2016 (TAHO, CDE)

    December 23, 2015
    Take a look at five of the most promising small-cap silver mining stocks that investors might want to consider as growth ...
  91. Food And Beverage Stocks That Are On The Rise

    December 23, 2015
    We'll take a look at several food and beverage companies that could be worth a closer look heading into 2016.
  92. ERX: Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3X ETF

    December 23, 2015
    Learn more about one of Direxion Fund's high-risk, high-reward energy plays: the Direxion Shares Funds Trust 3X exchange-traded ...
  93. VTI: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF

    December 23, 2015
    Learn how the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF provides an extremely diversified exposure to the entire universe of US securities ...
  94. Stocks At Support: a Buying or Selling Opportunity?

    December 23, 2015
    These stocks are near support, indicating a buy or sell based on which way the stock moves in the next few days.
  95. 3 Biotech Blue-Chip Companies to Keep an Eye On (AMGN, BIIB)

    December 23, 2015
    Discover three blue-chip biotech stocks you should keep your eye on in 2016. Despite recent struggles in the industry, these ...
  96. 5 Big M&A deals in 2015 (PFE, AGN)

    December 23, 2015
    Learn how these mergers and acquisitions helped make 2015 a boom year for M&A deals, with the total value of the companies ...
  97. The World's Top 10 Banks (JPM, WFC)

    December 23, 2015
    Learn more about the world's largest banks and how more financial power shifts eastward as China is home to four of the world's ...
  98. FEP: First Trust Europe AlphaDEX ETF

    December 23, 2015
    Learn about the First Trust ISE Europe AlphaDEX Fund, and explore detailed analysis of the ETF that tracks European stocks ...
  99. XLG: Guggenheim Russell Top 50 Mega Cap ETF

    December 23, 2015
    Find out about the Guggenheim Russell Top 50 Index ETF, and read about some recommendations regarding the suitability of ...
  100. VV: Vanguard Large-Cap ETF

    December 23, 2015
    Discover what the Vanguard Large-Cap ETF has to offer investors in terms of investment management, historical performance, ...
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