Analysis & Opinions

  1. Is Google Beginning to Lose Its Dominance in Search?

    December 5, 2015
    While Google remains king on the desktop, the migration to mobile threatens its leadership in search.
  2. Thermo Fisher Scientific: A Growth Story (TMO)

    December 4, 2015
    TMO has a history of making successful acquisitions to accelerate its growth while achieving strong organic growth. Will ...
  3. 6 Wholly Owned Subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B)

    December 4, 2015
    A look at some of the more than 50 privately held companies completely owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
  4. Playing The Strongest Small Cap Semiconductors (SOX, INTC)

    December 4, 2015
    Semiconductor leadership in 2016 could have a powerful effect on small-caps in the broad technology sector
  5. ChartAdvisor for December 4 2015

    December 4, 2015
    Weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  6. Will Amazon Continue to Reward Investors? (AMZN)

    December 4, 2015
    Amazon is the number one online retailer in the United States. Will its stock continue to appreciate?
  7. Will SolarCity Start to Shine Again? (SCTY)

    December 4, 2015
    Does SolarCity's recent spike in its stock price mean it will start to shine again?
  8. Top 3 Banks That Won the 2015 M&A Game

    December 4, 2015
    2015 proved to be the year for mergers and acquisitions, with deal volumes of $4.304 trillion, according to deal making firm ...
  9. Kraft Heinz Company Stock: A Dividend Analysis (KHC)

    December 4, 2015
    Read about the Kraft Heinz Company and its dividend. Explore the merged company's dividend strategy and what adding a stock ...
  10. Deere & Co.: How it Keeps Running (TTC, AGCO)

    December 4, 2015
    The history, market share, and future prospects of Deere & Co., the largest farm equipment manufacturer in the world.
  11. M&A Hits a Record in 2015

    December 4, 2015
    2015 has been a record year for mergers and acquisitions as M&A activity hit record levels, fuelled by consolidation in various ...
  12. Miller Assets Up for Sale to Support Beer Merger (BUD, SBMRY)

    December 3, 2015
    Understanding there are concerns that regulators globally will have about its proposed mega merger, Anheuser-Busch InBev ...
  13. NRG Energy CEO Steps Down

    December 3, 2015
    NRG Energy's (NYSE: NRG) longtime leader, David Crane, has resigned from the positions of president and CEO, effective immediately, ...
  14. Nokia to Close Sale of Maps Unit Ahead of Schedule

    December 3, 2015
    Though certainly not of the same magnitude as Nokia (NYSE: NOK) nearing completion of its whopping $16.6 billion deal for ...
  15. BlackBerry Dumps a Major Enterprise Feature (BBRY, NOK)

    December 3, 2015
    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) recently announced that it would discontinue BBM Meeting service, a major part of its enterprise ...
  16. EU Investigating McDonald's Tax Deal

    December 3, 2015
    While being a Hamburglar seems to carry very little in the way of real consequences, dodging taxes tends to raise the ire ...
  17. Does Target's Online Snafu Mean Opportunity? (TGT)

    December 3, 2015
    A press release issued after Target's site crashed on Cyber Monday includes information that could mean opportunity in unexpected ...
  18. Aspiration Targets Socially-conscious Consumers

    December 3, 2015
    Conscious consumers seek companies that demonstrate corporate social responsibility. Aspiration introduces a new investment ...
  19. Adjusting Strategies to Moving Average Slopes

    December 3, 2015
    Managing interrelationships between price, moving averages and slope can shift the reward: risk equation in your favor.
  20. Fed Announces New Rules for Banks "Too Big To Fail" (BAC, C)

    December 3, 2015
    On Monday, the Fed announced new regulations to better align its policy with the requirements of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.
  21. A Closer Look at Starbucks

    December 3, 2015
    Starbucks has had an outstanding run in recent years. But have its shares become too expensive for new shareholders?
  22. Will 2016 Be Copper's Turnaround Year? (JJC)

    December 3, 2015
    Economic upticks in China and other BRIC nations are likely to signal a significant low after copper's long downtrend.
  23. Can Tim Cook Replace Steve Jobs? (AAPL)

    December 3, 2015
    Looks at the similarities and differences between current Apple CEO Tim Cook and his predecessor, the iconic and mercurial ...
  24. These Are Amazon's 5 Biggest Bets for Next Year (AMZN)

    December 3, 2015
    Look at Amazon's top five bets for continued growth in 2016, including international markets, hardware, cloud computing and ...
  25. Top 6 Performing IPOs of 2015 (ONCE, GBT)

    December 3, 2015
    2015 has produced a mixed year for initial public offerings, with small biotechs overcrowding the winner’s list.
  26. Should Chipotle Consider a Stock Split? (CMG)

    December 3, 2015
    Learn why it might be good for Chipotle to enact a stock split. Discover why some investors are bearish on the company's ...
  27. How To Outperform Warren Buffett Using Market Simulators (BABA, ...

    December 3, 2015
    That moment when you realize you just booked $108 million dollars in less than an hour: it puts butterflies in your stomach.
  28. Why Facebook Is Free to Use (FB)

    December 3, 2015
    Learn why Facebook is free to users, and understand how the company makes more money by charging advertisers than it would ...
  29. Will Brazil's Presidential Impeachment Bring Down the Economy?

    December 3, 2015
    Brazil's President is facing impeachment proceedings on corruption charges. What does this mean for Brazil's economy?
  30. Can Nucor Remain a Dividend Aristocrat? (NUE, X)

    December 2, 2015
    On the face of it, steel producer Nucor's (NYSE: NUE) dividend is as solid as a chunk of the company's product. The company ...
  31. IMAX Expands in Japan With Creator of Godzilla

    December 2, 2015
    IMAX (NYSE: IMAX) recently announced it will add 10 new theaters in Japan through a new deal with Godzilla creator Toho's ...
  32. Starbucks Pulled Into Costco E. coli Scare

    December 2, 2015
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has removed its turkey panini from its holiday food menu in some locations as it may contain celery ...
  33. Reynolds American Finalizes Global Vapor Deal (BTI, MO)

    December 2, 2015
    A little more than two months after Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) signed a "framework" agreement with British American Tobacco ...
  34. Starbucks Vs. Dunkin' Donuts: Comparing Business Models (SBUX, ...

    December 2, 2015
    Learn about the business models of Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. Discover how franchising and growth strategies impact these ...
  35. If You Had Invested Right After Monsanto’s IPO

    December 2, 2015
    Discover how Monsanto has overcome challenges since its founding in 1901 and provided almost a 16% compound annual growth ...
  36. Best Buy's Cyber Week: Can it Trump Cyber Monday?

    December 2, 2015
    Best Buy has been one of the most up and down retailers over the years. It recently took an innovative step to improve performance. ...
  37. If You Had Invested Right After Starbucks' IPO (SBUX)

    December 2, 2015
    Learn how Starbucks has achieved over a 26% annual growth rate since its IPO and its plans for continuing its record-breaking ...
  38. Will Wendy's Continue Its Stealth Rally?

    December 2, 2015
    Investors aren't paying as much attention to Wendy's as they do to Chipotle Mexican Grill and Shake Shack, but they should ...
  39. Aflac: How This Giant Insurer Makes Money

    December 2, 2015
    One of America's largest insurers is also one of Japan's largest. See how Aflac became a Pacific Rim phenomenon.
  40. How Aetna Makes Money in the Age of Obamacare (HUM, AET)

    December 2, 2015
    How Aetna, one of America's (and Canada's) biggest health insurers, combined private and governmental business to get huge. ...
  41. Will Pandora Media (P) Remain Relevant?

    December 2, 2015
    Pandora's path has been consistent, but will it be able to turn up the volume?
  42. Does McDonald's Offer Value to Shareholders?

    December 2, 2015
    McDonald's wants to transition from a fast-food restaurant known for cheap food to a fast-food restaurant known for offering ...
  43. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Markets Set To Explode In The ...

    December 2, 2015
    According to Citigroup, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (or, VR/AR) will become a $674 billion market by 2025.
  44. If You Had Invested Right After McDonald's IPO

    December 2, 2015
    Find out how much money you would have if you purchased 100 shares during McDonald's IPO, and learn how much you would have ...
  45. Is Yahoo Worth $1.9 billion? (YHOO, BABA)

    December 2, 2015
    Amid rumors that Yahoo Inc.'s (YHOO) board might be considering selling parts of the business to stakeholders, Brian Weiser, ...
  46. Traders May Want To Wait To Buy Into India

    December 2, 2015
    India is one of the most lucrative markets for long-term investments, but this might not be the time to jump in.
  47. Four Triangle Patterns to Keep An Eye On

    December 2, 2015
    These four stocks are consolidating in triangle patterns following big moves. A breakout could kick start another significant ...
  48. Zuckerberg Joins Billionaire Philanthropists in Giving Pledge

    December 2, 2015
    Facebook Inc. founder, CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerburg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan had big news to announce this week: ...
  49. The Top 5 High Yield Bond Funds for 2016 (JNK, HYG)

    December 1, 2015
    Learn about mutual funds and ETFs that invest in high-yield bonds. Read about the risks and rewards associated with investing ...
  50. Rare Earth Metals Continue To Struggle (REMX, TC)

    December 1, 2015
    Rare earth metals are used in many of today's products and many investors are wondering if consumer demand is enough to offset ...
  51. 3 ETFs to Consider Before an Interest Rate Hike (XRLV)

    December 1, 2015
    Learn about potential impacts of the Federal Reserve boosting interest rates and three ETFs that can help you capitalize ...
  52. The Top 5 Apple Shareholders (AAPL)

    December 1, 2015
    Learn about insiders and institutional investors with large positions in Apple. Read about Carl Icahn's activist campaign ...
  53. UPS Vs. FedEx: Comparing Business Models and Strategies

    December 1, 2015
    Investigate the different business models and strategies for UPS and FedEx, two companies that seemingly compete for the ...
  54. Amazon's 3 Key Financial Ratios (AMZN)

    December 1, 2015
    Get insights into the important financial ratios behind the Amazon growth story, and understand the implications as the ratios ...
  55. 2 Things to Watch in Box Inc.'s Earnings

    December 1, 2015
    Box Inc. refuses to be boxed in.
  56. If You Had Invested Right After Costco's IPO

    December 1, 2015
    Find out how much your investment would be worth if you had invested $1,000 during Costco's IPO and how much you would have ...
  57. GE and the Future of Energy Storage

    December 1, 2015
    Find out how energy storage, led by GE, is surging as power companies search for methods to smooth usage and backstop new ...
  58. 8 Blue Chip Stocks with Low P/E Ratios

    December 1, 2015
    Discover why the price/earnings (P/E) ratio is important in determining the relative value of a stock and find out which ...
  59. 4 Roth IRAs with the Lowest Expense Ratios (SCHB, VTI)

    December 1, 2015
    Discover why funds with low expense ratios are important for retirement portfolios, and find out about some of the lowest ...
  60. Target Finally Escapes Failed Canadian Experiment

    December 1, 2015
    After years of cash infusions into a failing Canadian operation, has Target financially recovered? What are the long-term ...
  61. Analyzing Home Depot's Return on Equity (ROE) (HD)

    December 1, 2015
    Discover what Home Depot's return on equity (ROE) ratio says about the performance of the company and how it relates to historical ...
  62. Wal-Mart Plans To Increase Sales 3 to 4% Annually

    December 1, 2015
    Wal-Mart plans to increase sales by 3 to 4% each year with an expensive new investing plan. What is this plan and how will ...
  63. Target Should Focus on Growth, Not Share Buybacks

    December 1, 2015
    Target has an ambitious plan to return money to shareholders. It ought to focus on growth, rather than decrease its cash ...
  64. If You Had Invested Right After Kraft's IPO (KHC)

    December 1, 2015
    Discover the complicated history of the Kraft Heinz Company and how much an investment in its initial public offering in ...
  65. How Adele Affects Sony Music's Bottom Line

    December 1, 2015
    Adele's new album has already broken records. Will it make a difference to Sony Music's bottom line
  66. Shares of Fitbit Surge on Strong Holiday Sales

    December 1, 2015
    On Monday, shares of world’s largest fitness wearable company Fitbit Inc. surged by more than 3% after retail reports suggest ...
  67. Barron's Recap: Impact Investing Done Right

    November 30, 2015
    The cover story in this weekend's Barron's is part of the Penta Quarterly. This issue also includes a special report on ...
  68. Will J.C. Penney Come Back in 2016? (JCP)

    November 30, 2015
    J.C. Penney is without a doubt turning itself around, but that doesn't guarantee the stock will respond immediately.
  69. Should Investors Take a BITE Out of This New ETF?

    November 30, 2015
    ETF BITE offers a full menu of restaurants. Is now the right time to invest?
  70. If You Had Invested Right After Coca-Cola's IPO (KO)

    November 30, 2015
    Discover how one $40 share, with dividend reinvestment, over 90 years ago in the Coca-Cola Company would have made you a ...
  71. 4 Reasons Gilead Sciences Should be in Your Stock Portfolio (GILD)

    November 30, 2015
    Discover how Gilead Sciences fits into most investment portfolios and learn about the company's drug pipeline and future ...
  72. Is Dunkin' a Good Bet for the Long-Term? (DNKN)

    November 30, 2015
    Should investors bet on Dunkin' Brands for its long-term potential?
  73. If You Had Invested Right After Amgen's IPO (AMGN)

    November 30, 2015
    Discover how $1,000 invested in Amgen during its initial public offering (IPO), without reinvesting dividends, would be worth ...
  74. The Biggest Risks of Investing in ConocoPhillips Stock

    November 30, 2015
    Understand the risks of investing in ConocoPhillips stock. Learn about how there is a risk of a dividend cut due to lower ...
  75. 6 High Value and High Dividend Stocks (ANF, ETE)

    November 30, 2015
    Are you looking for stocks that offer regular dividends payments and will appreciate? Here are the top stocks that offer ...
  76. The Top 5 ETFs to Track the Nasdaq in 2016 (FTEC, QQQ)

    November 30, 2015
    Check out five ETFs tracking the NASDAQ that investors should consider heading into 2016, including the famous PowerShares ...
  77. Will Apple Partner With Samsung for OLED Screens? (AAPL)

    November 30, 2015
    It appears as though Samsung is in talks with Apple Inc. to supply the screens for the iPhone 8 perhaps in 2018.
  78. 3 Essential Facts About Cyber Monday

    November 30, 2015
    How did Cyber Monday come to happen? And, which is the surprise product on everyone's shopping list this year. This post ...
  79. 2 Short-term and 2 Longer-term Trade Ideas (PXD, CPT)

    November 30, 2015
    Two shorter-term and two longer-term trade ideas to consider, based on trends and the possibility of a breakout.
  80. Wal-Mart's Share Repurchase Isn't All Good

    November 30, 2015
    Wal-Mart announced huge internal investments along with an aggressive share repurchase program that isn't as good as it initially ...
  81. Retail Investors May Face Capital Gains Tax on Pfizer Allergan ...

    November 30, 2015
    The Pfizer-Allergan merger may end up costing retail investors a pretty penny, but they may be able to minimize their losses. ...
  82. Chicago PMI Misses, Falls Back Into Contraction

    November 30, 2015
    ISM's Chicago PMI disappointed analysts, who expected it to remain in expansionary territory. The index has been see-sawing ...
  83. Financial Fraud: 6 Tips to Avoid It (SCHW)

    November 30, 2015
    A good financial planner should work with you and for you. Ensure you are paying attention if you don't want to be the victim ...
  84. Why Facebook Will Never Charge User Fees (FB)

    November 30, 2015
    Understand why Facebook is unlikely to ever charge users; the site's business model of leveraging free users to charge advertisers ...
  85. 2016 Stock Predictions from Two Big Banks (GS, BAC)

    November 30, 2015
    According to investment bank Goldman Sachs, US indices will "tread water" next year and the S&P 500 will marginally improve ...
  86. ChartAdvisor for November 27 2015

    November 27, 2015
    Weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  87. Citigroup Sued by PIMCO Over Junk Mortgages

    November 27, 2015
    On November 25, 2015, Allianz’s PIMCO unit and other investors filed a lawsuit against Citibank Inc in New York State court ...
  88. Thanksgiving Sales Jump 24 Percent

    November 27, 2015
    This Thanksgiving, e-commerce retailers have special reason to be thankful.
  89. These are Twitter's 4 Biggest Bets for Next Year (TWTR)

    November 26, 2015
    Looks at Twitter's plans for 2016 under CEO Jack Dorsey, who has returned to lead the company he founded seven years after ...
  90. Pay Attention To These Stock Patterns Playing Out

    November 25, 2015
    The stocks are all moving different types of patterns. A breakout could signal a major price move in the trending direction, ...
  91. 3 Cheap Dividend Growth Stocks for Your Portfolio (SSI, PROV)

    November 25, 2015
    Top dividend growth stocks to add to your portfolio.
  92. What Do Consumers Buy On Black Friday?

    November 25, 2015
    This article was written by Shawn Cruz, Trader Content Specialist, TD Ameritrade. ’Tis The Season It’s the time of year ...
  93. Now Could Be The Time To Buy IPOs

    November 25, 2015
    There has been lots of hype around the IPO market lately. We'll take a look at whether now is the time to buy.
  94. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Pfizer Stock (PFE)

    November 25, 2015
    Learn the biggest potential risks that may affect the price of Pfizer's stock, complete with a fundamental analysis and review ...
  95. NVIDIA Corporation is Soaring High

    November 25, 2015
    With more than a 50% increase in share prices, NVIDIA Corporation is one of the hottest tech stocks.
  96. Why did Wal-Mart's Stock Take a Fall in 2015?

    November 25, 2015
    Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world, with a sterling track-record of profits and dividends. So why has its stock ...
  97. How Is Walmart's Pharmacy Business Performing? (WMT)

    November 25, 2015
    Learn how Wal-Mart started its pharmacy business in 2006 and rose to be the fourth-largest U.S. drug store chain in 2014 ...
  98. Under Armour's Plan to Double Revenue (UA)

    November 25, 2015
    Learn how Under Armour plans on doubling its revenue by 2018. Find out what areas the company plans to count on for this ...
  99. Should You Invest in Disney Stock Before Star Wars?

    November 25, 2015
    The force is strong with Disney stock, as it continues to make gains going into the launch of EP7. But is this pricey stock ...
  100. How Does Coca-Cola Actually Make Money? (KO)

    November 25, 2015
    Learn how Coca-Cola makes money with a unique business model that includes company owned and franchised bottlers around the ...
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