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  1. Exxon's Q1 Profit Plunge 63%, Chevron Posts Loss (XOM, CVX)

    April 29, 2016
    Neither Exxon or Chevron is going away anytime soon, given their competitive advantages of having diversified business between ...
  2. These Charts Suggest Commodities Are Headed Higher (DBB, DBP)

    April 29, 2016
    Recent moves above key trendlines on these charts suggest that commodities are headed higher from here.
  3. Gilead Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (GILD)

    April 29, 2016
    Take a closer look at several key pharmaceutical companies providing Gilead Sciences with important inputs to its pharmaceutical ...
  4. U.S. Indexes Move Lower as BOJ Disappoints (SPY, DIA)

    April 29, 2016
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  5. Top 4 Companies Owned by Costco (COST)

    April 29, 2016
    Learn about the subsidiaries that help Costco Wholesale Corporation increase sales and profits. Consider how online sales ...
  6. Chevron Stock: An Earnings Case Study (CVX)

    April 29, 2016
    Examine Chevron's recent, historical and forecast earnings, and find out how falling oil prices have impacted CVX's revenue ...
  7. Abbott to Buy St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion

    April 29, 2016
    Acquisitive pharmaceutical major Abbott Laboratories is adding another new asset to its portfolio. The company has agreed ...
  8. Twitter Stock: An Earnings Case Study (TWTR)

    April 29, 2016
    Note how Twitter’s own messaging platform played a role in causing its April 2015 earnings disappointment, bringing sustained ...
  9. Virgin America Stock Rises on Q1 Earnings Beat (VA, ALK)

    April 29, 2016
    Given Virgin's Q1 revenue and earnings beat, marking the fifth time in six quarters, is Alaska Airlines getting a better ...
  10. FUSEX: Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund Investor Portfolio Trends ...

    April 29, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund Investor Shares, and study how the fund's makeup has evolved ...
  11. Russell Clark and 3 Reasons Why His Horseman Global Fund Has ...

    April 29, 2016
    Discover why Russell Clark's Horseman Global Fund has outperformed in 2015 and 2016. His bearish bets on certain sectors ...
  12. Sundar Pichai Outlines His Vision in a Letter (GOOGL)

    April 29, 2016
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote about his vision for Google in Alphabet Inc.'s founder letter this year.
  13. Sirius XM Stock Punished Despite Record Revenue (SIRI)

    April 29, 2016
    This quarter marked the company's fourth straight period during which it has delivered merely inline EPS results.
  14. VGSTX: Vanguard Star Fund Performance Case Study

    April 29, 2016
    Learn about the Vanguard STAR Fund, including an information overview and a look at its historical financial performance ...
  15. LinkedIn Stock Pops on Q1 Earnings Beat (LNKD)

    April 29, 2016
    The fact that the management under-projected this quarter's EPS (55 cents vs. 74 cents) doesn't instill confidence they have ...
  16. Apple Stock Falls As Carl Icahn Exits Position (AAPL)

    April 29, 2016
    There's nothing wrong with taking profits, which is the lesson that should be taken from Icahn's exit. But what does it mean ...
  17. BND: Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF Performance Case Study

    April 29, 2016
    Learn about some of the performance trends of the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF, and discover which times of year the fund ...
  18. 10 Markets Where Vanguard Offers the Cheapest Option (VTI, VV)

    April 29, 2016
    Discover the markets where Vanguard offers the cheapest ETFs. Vanguard is the market leader in providing low-cost diversified ...
  19. Ford Stock: An Earnings Case Study (F)

    April 29, 2016
    Analyze Ford Motor's earnings history and outlook. Explore the revenue and expense trends that have heavily influenced profits ...
  20. Top 5 Positions in Peter Thiel's Portfolio (PYPL, FB)

    April 29, 2016
    Learn about Peter Thiel’s investment portfolio, including his remaining stake in Facebook and his current startup investments, ...
  21. MCLOX: BlackRock Global Allocation Fund Performance Case Study

    April 29, 2016
    Explore the performance of the BlackRock Global Allocation Fund since 2012, including a summary of how currency fluctuations ...
  22. ABALX: American Funds American Balanced Fund Performance Case ...

    April 29, 2016
    Explore the performance of the American Funds American Balanced Fund, including how the fund limits volatility, as well as ...
  23. FAIRX: Fairholme Fund Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Learn an overview of the Fairholme Fund, as well as its historical performance and financial trends relating to the fund’s ...
  24. FPURX: Fidelity Puritan Fund Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the performance of the Fidelity Puritan Fund since 2012, including the events that led to the fund's double-digit ...
  25. FCNTX: Fidelity Contrafund Risk Statistics Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Explore a risk statistics case study on the Fidelity Contrafund, including its characteristics and how it has performed against ...
  26. Chevron Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (CVX)

    April 28, 2016
    Discover which companies are some of the biggest suppliers to Chevron and depend on their relationships with the company ...
  27. Solar Wars: Solar City vs. Verengo Solar vs. Sungevity

    April 28, 2016
    Read about three important players in the growing solar-energy services market, and learn more about their business operations ...
  28. Home Depot Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (HD)

    April 28, 2016
    Take a look at a handful of key companies stocking the shelves at your local Home Depot location, including lawn and garden ...
  29. Betterment vs. ShareBuilder 401(k): Comparing Small Business ...

    April 28, 2016
    Find out how ShareBuilder 401(k) and Betterment compare in their 401(k) plan offerings for the underserved small businesses ...
  30. HP and Intel Team Up on New Chromebook

    April 28, 2016
    Introducing a new notebook in the midst of the current PC market sales swoon -- shipments dropped 9.6% in the first quarter ...
  31. ANCFX: American Funds Fundamental Investors Performance Case ...

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the yearly returns of the American Funds Fundamental Investors Class A shares since 2012, including the months when ...
  32. Apple Stock: An Earnings Case Study (AAPL)

    April 28, 2016
    Discover an earnings case study on Apple, and learn about its EPS and revenue growth rates, and what analysts are projecting ...
  33. Boyd Gaming Buys Yet Another Vegas Casino Operator

    April 28, 2016
    For the second time in a week, casino operator Boyd Gaming (BYD) has bought another smaller gaming house in Las Vegas. Boyd, ...
  34. Judge OKs Pinnacle's Casino Sale, Lease-Back Deal

    April 28, 2016
    Casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) got a judge's approval to sell a casino to a real estate investment trust and ...
  35. LinkedIn Scripts a Turnaround (LNKD)

    April 28, 2016
    LinkedIn reported results that beat analyst expectations this evening.
  36. 2 Funds that Invest in Bitcoin (GBTC, ARKW)

    April 28, 2016
    Find out how investors can participate more easily and more efficiently in the bitcoin phenomenon by investing in exchange-traded ...
  37. Kindle and Prime Help Amazon Beat Expectations (AMZN)

    April 28, 2016
    The e-commerce giant reports results that beat market expectations.
  38. MCLOX: BlackRock Global Allocation Fund Investor Top 5 Holdings ...

    April 28, 2016
    Learn about the BlackRock Global Allocation Fund Investor C Shares mutual fund, its portfolio makeup, and read an analysis ...
  39. Charles Schwab Ditches Load Mutual Funds (SCHW)

    April 28, 2016
    Schwab is getting rid of its load funds.
  40. Comcast Acquires Dreamworks Animation for $3.8B (DWA, CMCSA)

    April 28, 2016
    A quick look at what Comcast owns!
  41. AMD: Advanced Micro Devices Earnings Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Read an earnings analysis of AMD. Discover its historical earnings, and get breakdowns of past and future analyst earnings ...
  42. Priceline CEO Quits After Relationship Misconduct

    April 28, 2016
    Beware the office relationship: Priceline Group CEO and President Darren Huston has unexpectedly stepped down from both ...
  43. King Digital vs. Zynga: Who Will Win the Mobile Gaming Market? ...

    April 28, 2016
    Find out who is going to win the mobile gaming war between Zynga and King Digital. Learn how the acquisition of King by Activision ...
  44. Seadrill Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (SDRL)

    April 28, 2016
    Learn about a handful of key shipbuilding and offshore engineering companies that supply drilling rigs to Seadrill, a global ...
  45. Oracle Buys Textura to Expand Its Cloud Footprint

    April 28, 2016
    Like some other firms in the tech industry, Oracle (ORCL) was a bit late to recognize the opportunity the cloud and its ...
  46. Yahoo! Stock: An Earnings Case Study (YHOO)

    April 28, 2016
    Discover the earnings analysis about Yahoo!, including comments on historical earnings and the breakdown of analysts' past ...
  47. Time Warner's New FilmStruck Channel to Skip Cable

    April 28, 2016
    In the same week federal regulators agreed to allow Charter Communications (CHTR) to purchase Time Warner Cable (TWC) for ...
  48. 5 Stocks Below $10 That Have Crushed the Market

    April 28, 2016
    These five small-cap stocks have been on fire. Should they be on your radar?
  49. The 3 Largest Global Ex-U.S. ETFs (VEU, VXUS)

    April 28, 2016
    Discover global ex-U.S. exchange-traded funds and why you may want to use them in your portfolio, and learn about the three ...
  50. Sector Headwinds Buffeting First Solar (FSLR, TAN)

    April 28, 2016
    First Solar has entered a new downtrend after failing to break out above two-year resistance.
  51. Seadrill vs. Ensco: All Aboard for An Offshore Shipping Comparison ...

    April 28, 2016
    Obtain a current overview of the offshore drilling industry and a head-to-head comparison of Seadrill and Ensco, two of the ...
  52. IBM's Watson Finds a New Home on "Sesame Street"

    April 28, 2016
    IBM (IBM) has been slowly finding new, consumer-facing ways to make commercial use of its Watson cognitive computing technology, ...
  53. Mondelez International Posts Strong Q1 Growth

    April 28, 2016
    Shares of Mondelez International (MDLZ) jumped 3% on Wednesday after the snack food and beverage maker posted better-than-expected ...
  54. FUSEX: Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the performance of the Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Fund since 2012 and discover the months when the fund is most likely ...
  55. Michael Kors Stock Jumps on a Luxurious Upgrade

    April 28, 2016
    Shares of fashion house Michael Kors (KORS) jumped 3% on Thursday morning after Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy upgraded ...
  56. Ford Challenges Tesla with Long-Range Electric Car (F, TSLA)

    April 28, 2016
    CEO Mark Fields announced that Ford Motor Co. would introduce an all-electric vehicle with a range of 200 miles, putting ...
  57. Domino's Keeps Growing, but Misses Estimates

    April 28, 2016
    Sometimes, good is not good enough when a company grows but misses expectations. That's what happened to Domino's Pizza (DPZ) ...
  58. FSAGX: Fidelity Select Gold Portfolio Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Evaluate the performance of the Fidelity Select Gold Portfolio since January 2012, and identify seasonal trends that emerge ...
  59. Ford Has Best Q1 Since 1903 (F)

    April 28, 2016
    Shares of Ford Motor Company are driving 3% higher in the pre-market session Thursday and investors may want to call shotgun.
  60. FAGIX: Fidelity Capital & Income Fund Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Discover the performance trends of the Fidelity Capital & Income Fund, and learn which times of year the fund has performed ...
  61. Better Buy: Home Depot or Lowe's? (HD, LOW)

    April 28, 2016
    Home Depot and Lowe’s have risen to resistance levels that could yield fresh trend advances.
  62. Can Nokia Make A Comeback? (NOK)

    April 28, 2016
    Many investors are looking at Nokia and wondering if it has the chemistry and the luck to pull off a comeback in the competitive ...
  63. Yahoo! Reaches Board Seats Deal With Starboard (YHOO)

    April 28, 2016
    Yahoo has reached a deal with the activist investment firm Starboard LP, marking a turning point in a battle that has raged ...
  64. Commodity ETFs Near Buy Levels (JO, WEAT)

    April 28, 2016
    These commodity ETFs have rallied and are pulling back, presenting buying opportunities right now.
  65. DODGX: Dodge & Cox Stock Fund Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Discover the seasonal performance trends for the Dodge and Cox Stock Fund and learn which are the best and worst performing ...
  66. Exxon Mobil Stock: An Earnings Case Study (XOM)

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the recent earnings history of Exxon Mobil. What factors are influencing profits and what do analysts expect for ...
  67. (ADT) Who Are ADT Corporation's Main Competitors?

    April 28, 2016
    Learn about ADT Corporation and its competitive position in the North American market for monitored security and home automation ...
  68. GDX: Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the performance of the Market Vectors Gold Mining ETF since 2012 and the reasons behind the fund's underperformance ...
  69. Deutsche Bank Revenue Falls 22% (DB)

    April 28, 2016
    Deutsche Bank reported Q1 earnings: Revenue fell 22% and net income fell 58%.
  70. FBGRX: Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 28, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund, and learn how its makeup has evolved between March 2015 and ...
  71. Patrick Soon-Shiong: Highest Paid CEO of 2015 (NK)

    April 28, 2016
    Life is good for Patrick Soon-Shiong, the CEO of NantKwest. He co-owns the Los Angeles Lakers. He has a net worth of $12 ...
  72. Chevron Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (CVX)

    April 28, 2016
    Despite the projected loss, Chevron's year-to-date stock gains highlights how forgiving investors have become when it comes ...
  73. Viacom Stock Rises on Q2 Earnings Beat (VIA)

    April 28, 2016
    Despite the company's perceived lack of drama, there's been plenty to watch inside the boardroom.
  74. McDonald's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (MCD)

    April 28, 2016
    Find out about five key suppliers for McDonald’s restaurants from hardware and software to coffee importers and how they ...
  75. Dr. Pepper Stock Pops on Q1 Earnings Beat (DPS)

    April 28, 2016
    Despite the company's solid track record, including beating revenue and earnings estimates in five straight quarters, DPS ...
  76. Amazon Stock Declines Ahead of Earnings (AMZN)

    April 28, 2016
    Investors have gotten gun-shy about what Amazon, given its high spending history, might reveal in its earnings report Thursday.
  77. Exxon Stock Up Ahead of Earnings, Hikes Dividend (XOM)

    April 28, 2016
    A downgrade in credit rating Tuesday by Standard & Poor's wasn't enough to keep investors from buying shares of Exxon Mobil, ...
  78. T. Rowe Price vs. Fidelity: Comparing Small Business 401(k) Providers

    April 28, 2016
    Read about two reputable 401(k) providers offering plans for small businesses, and learn more about which services and features ...
  79. LinkedIn Stock Rises Ahead of Q1 Earnings (LNKD)

    April 28, 2016
    Has LinkedIn been forgiven? It would seem so, given the recent activity in LNKD stock, which has risen some 10% over the ...
  80. BP Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers

    April 28, 2016
    Take a look at a handful of companies in the oil and gas industry that supply products and services in support of BP's worldwide ...
  81. CDC vs. DLN: Comparing Dividend-Oriented ETFs

    April 28, 2016
    Take a look at an overview and comparison of two dividend-oriented ETFs to learn the respective advantages and disadvantages ...
  82. JJE vs. UBN: Comparing Energy ETFs

    April 28, 2016
    Take a look at an overview, comparison and evaluation of two lesser-known commodity ETFs that offer exposure to the energy ...
  83. The 3 Best Smart Beta ETFs for 2016 (PRF, FNDX)

    April 28, 2016
    Compare ETF performance histories when investing in smart beta ETFs for improved value investing strategy and weighting by ...
  84. ETF Case Study: Do Utilities ETFs Protect in Down Markets? (XLU, ...

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the historical performance of large utilities ETFs relative to market indexes during bear markets to find out if ...
  85. 3 Expensive Mid-Cap Mutual Funds Worth Your While (ETAGX, VMACX)

    April 28, 2016
    Discover three mutual funds with above-average expense ratios and consistent outperformance of the S&P 500 Index and the ...
  86. JANBX: Overview of Janus Balanced Fund

    April 27, 2016
    Discover a balanced mutual fund with a solid performance history, weathering down markets and routinely outperforming equity ...
  87. ETF Flows: Large Cap U.S. Equity ETFs Shedding Assets (SPY, QQQ)

    April 27, 2016
    Learn about five exchange-traded funds (ETFs) investing in U.S. large-cap equities that experienced the largest year-to-date ...
  88. EWW: Mexico Capped ETF Performance Case Study

    April 27, 2016
    Explore the returns of the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF since 2012, including the seasonal patterns that have generated ...
  89. QQQ vs. OEF: Comparing Large Cap ETFs

    April 27, 2016
    Discover and compare two large-cap exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Learn about their purposes, strategies, characteristics ...
  90. Are ETFs Appropriate for High Net Worth Investors?

    April 27, 2016
    Take a look at some of the main reasons why exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are considered excellent investment choices for ...
  91. 5 Unique Pure Beta ETNs to Consider (SBV, BCM)

    April 27, 2016
    Learn about five unique Barclays Bank iPath Pure Beta exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and whether these ETNs are suitable for ...
  92. TrueCar Sees Best April for Auto Sales Since 2000

    April 27, 2016
    This month is set to be the best April for new car sales in more than a decade and a half, according to projections from ...
  93. (QQQ) Powershares ETF: Who Is Invested?

    April 27, 2016
    Discover which institutions are investing in the popular PowerShares QQQ ETF. Learn who's buying, who's selling and who owns ...
  94. Target's Wellness Initiative Goes Mobile

    April 27, 2016
    Mobile healthcare devices may be the next big leap in personal communications, and mass retailer Target is positioning itself ...
  95. Intel's CEO Maps Out Its Non-PC-Centric Future

    April 27, 2016
    April 19 was a wild day for Intel shareholders. It ended with what most pundits considered a mediocre first quarter earnings ...
  96. Large Cap Mutual Funds: 5 Long-Term Portfolio Managers to Consider ...

    April 27, 2016
    Discover five mutual fund managers who have extensive investment experience, managing portfolios that have routinely outperformed ...
  97. The Container Store Bucks the Wage-Hiking Trend

    April 27, 2016
    The Container Store, that retail mecca for the well organized, announced better than expected earnings Monday, but also ...
  98. FREEX: A Performance Case Study

    April 27, 2016
    Learn about the Franklin Real Estate Securities Fund, including a historical analysis per quarter of the fund's performance ...
  99. LinkedIn's Student App Could Be a Revenue Driver

    April 27, 2016
    If a company can land a customer during their formative years, it becomes easier for it to retain a lifelong relationship. ...
  100. PayPal Stock Pays Up on Q1 Earnings Beat (PYPL)

    April 27, 2016
    PayPal shares were not cheap heading into Wednesday's results, and they're not likely to get cheaper now.
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