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  1. Can Forex Trading Make You Rich?

    July 31, 2015
    Forex trading may be profitable for hedge funds or unusually skilled currency traders, but for average retail traders, forex ...
  2. Thursday Defense Contracts Top $980 Million

    July 31, 2015
    The Pentagon awarded $982 million in new defense contracts Thursday, handing out sizable contracts to several major defense ...
  3. Will Jack Dorsey Save Twitter?

    July 31, 2015
    Product visionary and co-founder Jack Dorsey may be the catalyst to turn Twitter's fortunes around if he is retained as permanent ...
  4. Starbucks Growth Is a Red Flag for Keurig

    July 31, 2015
    Already reeling from poor customer acceptance of its newest coffee brew system and criticized for a botched rollout of a ...
  5. Whole Foods Market Crafts Beer Sales in Texas

    July 31, 2015
    Craft beer sales continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the industry, and Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) plans ...
  6. Guess Who Just Won a $4.3 Billion Defense Contract

    July 31, 2015
    The Pentagon awarded $4.83 billion in new defense contracts Wednesday -- all but $495 million of which was contained in ...
  7. Visa Expands Its Online Payments Reach With Stripe

    July 31, 2015
    While many consumers think of debit or credit cards when considering Visa (NYSE: V), it bills itself as a "global payments ...
  8. Unsurprisingly, Wynn Resorts Q2 Profit Falls

    July 31, 2015
    On the back of a persistent slump in one of its main markets, Wynn Resorts' (NASDAQ: WYNN) second quarter results are down ...
  9. Fox Investing in Fantasy Sports Site DraftKings

    July 31, 2015
    Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA) has increased its investment in one of the leading daily play fantasy sports sites, ...
  10. LongHorn Steakhouse Gets a New President

    July 31, 2015
    A lot of attention is paid to how Olive Garden is performing for Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI). As the biggest chain the ...
  11. Procter & Gamble Picks a New CEO

    July 31, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) has selected its next leader, ...
  12. As E-Cig Sales Growth Slows, Big Tobacco Gains

    July 31, 2015
    Electronic cigarettes continue to grow, but their torrid pace of expansion is moderating, and that is positioning traditional ...
  13. Motorola Rolls Out New, Improved Moto G Smartphone

    July 31, 2015
    Motorola (NYSE: MSI) has taken the wraps off of the third generation of its low-cost Moto G smartphone, The new model, which ...
  14. Credit Card Review: Blue Cash Everyday Amex

    July 31, 2015
    Read about the Blue Cash Everyday Amex card, and learn how it saves cardholders money on groceries, gas and other household ...
  15. Nike Settles Class Action Lawsuit over FuelBand

    July 31, 2015
    Nike (NYSE: NKE) may have stopped making new versions of its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that has not ended its headaches ...
  16. SunPower Acquires 1.5 Gigawatts of Solar Assets

    July 31, 2015
    SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) has added to its power by making a fresh acquisition. The company announced this week that it has ...
  17. WWE Says It Releases Hulk Hogan From Contract

    July 31, 2015
    Ex-wrestler Hulk Hogan has been released by WWE (NYSE: WWE), arguably the entity most responsible for making him a star. ...
  18. Pandora Media Launches a New Ad Format

    July 31, 2015
    Pandora Media (NYSE: P) has a new way to make money. The Internet radio service has rolled out "Sponsored Listening," making ...
  19. United Paying Hackers to Find Security Holes

    July 31, 2015
    At least United Continental (NYSE: UAL) knows when to call for help. According a report from The Associated Press, the carrier ...
  20. Threat From Mining's Race to the Ocean Floor?

    July 31, 2015
    Although Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was granted a mining license to explore the ocean depths in 2013, and Nautilus Minerals ...
  21. Credit Card Review: Chase Freedom

    July 31, 2015
    Learn about the Chase Freedom card and how it earns 1% cash back on every purchase and up to 5% on purchases in quarterly ...
  22. Maybe McDonald's Needs to Go Upscale After All

    July 31, 2015
    Better burger chains like Five Guys and Smashburger have pressured McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) into a three-year slide in comparable ...
  23. How To Create Capital Protected Investment Using Options?

    July 31, 2015
    Does "Capital-Protection" guarantee in an investment product sound attractive? Wait! Here's how you can create a better one ...
  24. GrubHub (GRUB): Will it Deliver?

    July 31, 2015
    Analysts are all over the map on GrubHub, but its latest quarterly numbers look pretty solid.
  25. ChartAdvisor for July 30 2015

    July 31, 2015
    Weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  26. Credit Card Review: Citi Double Cash

    July 31, 2015
    Learn about the Citi Double Cash credit card and its simple cash back program that pays a combined 2% rate on every card ...
  27. ETF Analysis: SPDR S&P 500 Trust

    July 31, 2015
    Find out more about the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund and the suitability of investing ...
  28. These Four Industries Must Change to Survive

    July 30, 2015
    Tech innovations from new companies are threatening long-time industry stalwarts in transportation, hospitality and finance.
  29. Acorns: The Perfect Investing Tool For Millennials

    July 30, 2015
    We look at how the Acorns app works, how it makes money, and why is it innovative.
  30. Justifications For High CEO Pay

    July 30, 2015
    CEOs tend to command sky-high salaries in America. Companies cite a number of reasons for this, but they don't always ring ...
  31. Do Stock Splits Cause Volatility?

    July 30, 2015
    Since stock splits decrease the stock price, do they also increase volatility because shares are traded in smaller increments? ...
  32. How China's Lenovo Makes Money

    July 30, 2015
    Lenovo has emerged as one of China's most renowned multinational corporations. We examine the strategy and business model ...
  33. Is Lenovo A True Disruptor Of The Laptop Industry?

    July 30, 2015
    Lenovo has cut costs, taken market share from top competitors and caters to both consumers and institutions, but is it a ...
  34. 10 Public Companies That Rely On Govt. Contracts

    July 30, 2015
    We look at 10 of the top public companies whose businesses rely on U.S. government contracts.
  35. 10 Most Famous Public Companies That Went Private

    July 30, 2015
    Here’s a list of the most popular listed companies that went private in recent decades.
  36. Dividend Versus Buyback: Which Is Better?

    July 30, 2015
    Companies reward their shareholders in two main ways--by paying dividends or buying back shares. An increasing number of ...
  37. Is Kinder Morgan A Real Energy Player?

    July 30, 2015
    KMI’s direct commodity exposure is minimal, but the company could be indirectly impacted, reducing cash flows and putting ...
  38. Bitcoin ETFs: How Do They Work?

    July 30, 2015
    ETFs offer a cost-effective, safe and hassle-free way to invest and trade bitcoins as stocks, without worrying about the ...
  39. Wells Fargo Still Going Strong

    July 30, 2015
    We take a closer look at Wells Fargo & Company, the world largest bank in terms of market value and Berkshire Hathaway's ...
  40. Microsoft's Game of Catch-Up With The Dow

    July 30, 2015
    Microsoft (MSFT) underperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the 2002 to 2007 bull market, but it has played catch-up ...
  41. Is Bank of America Turning Around?

    July 30, 2015
    Bank of America released its Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings revealing a positive turnaround from its decline following the 2008 ...
  42. Is a Google Robo-Advisor on the Horizon?

    July 30, 2015
    It's possible that Google is looking to get into the robo-advisor business, either as a new venture or as a way to provide ...
  43. Whole Foods 365: The Economics of Discount Organic

    July 30, 2015
    Whole Foods Market is expanding its brand to create a chain of discount natural food stores called 365 by Whole Foods Market. ...
  44. Exxon, Chevron Prep Street For Ugly Earnings With Nixed Projects

    July 30, 2015
    There's little question that when Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) report earnings before the market opens ...
  45. Investing in Frontier Markets: Top African ETFs

    July 30, 2015
    A relative analysis of Africa-focused ETFs that enable investors to tap into the immense potential of growing African economies, ...
  46. Colombia Nurtures a Hub for Tech Start-ups

    July 30, 2015
    Colombia used to be a violent nation with a burgeoning cocaine industry. The country now has a thriving tech start-up with ...
  47. Burger King and Tim Hortons Are Better Together

    July 30, 2015
    In August 2014, 3G Capital announced that it was merging Burger King with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to form Restaurant ...
  48. 3 Reasons Facebook Is Interested In Oculus Rift

    July 30, 2015
    Facebook is a social media company. Oculus Rift is a virtual headset maker. What do they have in common?
  49. ETF Analysis: Energy Select Sector SPDR

    July 30, 2015
    Find out more about the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, the top holdings of this exchange-traded fund and the characteristics ...
  50. Credit Card Review: Amex EveryDay

    July 30, 2015
    Learn the benefits of the Amex EveryDay card, such as its introductory offer and rewards perks, and discover the types of ...
  51. Banking Is Big...A Little Too Big. Here's Why.

    July 30, 2015
    Banking is big in America. In 2014, U.S. banks issued trillions of dollars in credit -- equivalent to 245 percent of the ...
  52. What to Expect from Russia's Oil-Dependent Economy

    July 30, 2015
    The fate of Russia's economy is for the most part determined by the price of oil. Here's how it's likely to play out.
  53. Why You Might Buy Your Next Car from Costco

    July 30, 2015
    Costco, one of the strongest retailers around, has its hooks in all sort of sectors, including autos.
  54. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Singapore

    July 30, 2015
    Learn more about BlackRock Advisor's iShares Singapore MSCI exchange-traded fund, which looks to mirror the holdings and ...
  55. Credit Card Review: Capital One Venture Rewards

    July 30, 2015
    Learn how the Capital One Venture Rewards card helps you earn unlimited rewards miles to pay for all types of travel expenses, ...
  56. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard Cash Rewards

    July 30, 2015
    Read about the BankAmericard Cash Rewards card, and learn how to start earning unlimited cash back with its simply rewards ...
  57. ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB US Dollar

    July 30, 2015
    Discover how an ETF can be used to bet on multiple different currency futures contracts with the PowerShares DB Dollar Index ...
  58. ETF Analysis: Select Sector Financial SPDR

    July 30, 2015
    Find out more about the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund, and the suitability ...
  59. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Total Bond Market

    July 30, 2015
    Learn about the Vanguard Total Bond Market exchange-traded fund, its primary portfolio holdings and risk/reward profile based ...
  60. ETF Analysis: Direxion Small Cap Bull 3X

    July 30, 2015
    Read about a triple-leveraged exchange-traded fund that aims for 300% of the returns of the Russell 2000 Index: the Direxion ...
  61. ETF Analysis: Vanguard MSCI EAFE

    July 30, 2015
    Learn more about Vanguard's index-shifting, low-cost and non-U.S. market exchange-traded fund: the FTSE Developed ex U.S. ...
  62. Smartphone "Flagship Killers" Coming after Apple and Samsung

    July 30, 2015
    Learn why flagship killers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi have the potential to become the first legitimate competition faced ...
  63. Starbucks Ready for RTD Sales in Latin America

    July 30, 2015
    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) does not have a coffee shop on every corner in Latin America as it seems to have here in the U.S., ...
  64. Is there a difference between financial spread betting and arbitrage?

    July 30, 2015
    Find out more about financial spread betting, arbitrage and the differences between financial spread betting and the arbitrage ...
  65. Pearson in Talks to Sell 50% of The Economist

    July 30, 2015
    Pearson (NYSE: PSO) has disclosed that it is in talks to sell its 50% stake in the current affairs and business weekly magazine ...
  66. eBay Ends Same-Day Delivery, Kills 2 Apps

    July 30, 2015
    eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) has found an incredibly upbeat way to kill off its same-day delivery service as well as two of its apps. ...
  67. Plug Power to Acquire Partner's Stake in JV

    July 30, 2015
    Fuel cell specialist Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) will soon be the sole owner of its HyPulsion joint venture. The company announced ...
  68. Kate Spade Is Next to Move Into Athleisure Wear

    July 30, 2015
    With activewear growing to consume 4% of the apparel market, and sports apparel sales jumping 18% annually compared to just ...
  69. Rig Counts Rise Despite Falling Oil Prices

    July 30, 2015
    Oil prices are down over 20% from their June high of $61 a barrel, but oil drillers are pumping up the volume, increasing ...
  70. Is Coca-Cola on the Road to Recovery?

    July 30, 2015
    It may finally be time for investors to have a Coke and a smile as Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) appears to have reversed its flagging ...
  71. Burger King Sales Rise on New Menu Items

    July 30, 2015
    While McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) continues to struggle with its product mix, one of the company's chief rivals has figured out ...
  72. "Trainwreck" Extends Universal Box Office Lead

    July 30, 2015
    No matter what you think of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), there is no disputing the strength of its movie business. Universal ...
  73. What to Know About Transferable Points Programs

    July 30, 2015
    Transferable points programs give credit card users a more extensive way to use credit card points for travel.
  74. Transferable Points Programs

    July 30, 2015
    With transferable points programs, customers earn points by using certain credit cards, and those points can be transferred ...
  75. Monsanto Says Syngenta Earnings Prove Its Point

    July 30, 2015
    Swiss biotech Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) reported first half 2015 results on last week, showing that even though it beat analyst ...
  76. Macau: Not Your Father's Gambling Destination

    July 29, 2015
    Macau has given Las Vegas casinos a run for their money, but what's behind the scenes? Here's an overview of Macau's gambling ...
  77. Avoid The Perfection Trap In Trading

    July 29, 2015
    Avoid the perfection trap and make peace with the market’s high levels of systematic noise.
  78. Why We Need Antitrust Laws

    July 29, 2015
    A look at antitrust laws in the United States and the many anticompetitive practices they safeguard against.
  79. DCF Vs. Comparables: Which One To Use

    July 29, 2015
    DCF and Comparables models are widely used in equity valuation. We explain the pros and cons of each method.
  80. Adjust Market Strategies To Elevated Risk

    July 29, 2015
    Improve returns by adapting trading strategies to changing market conditions.
  81. How Express Scripts Makes Money

    July 29, 2015
    The pharmacy benefit manager claims to lower prescription drug costs for consumers, medical providers, and health insurance ...
  82. XOM: A Combination Of Dividend And Growth Or Neither?

    July 29, 2015
    Does Exxon Mobil make a good pick given its strong dividend track record with the backdrop of depressed oil prices?
  83. Is Pandora Set For A Rebound?

    July 29, 2015
    Pandora stock is showing signs of a rebound. The beaten-down stock has picked up after the release of 2Q '15 results and ...
  84. Three Perks Business Should Give Their Employees

    July 29, 2015
    Firms that treat their employees well have a competitive advantage over their rivals. Here are three important perks to give ...
  85. How Petrodollars Affect The U.S. Dollar

    July 29, 2015
    We examine the rise of petrodollars, their influence on the USD as a global reserve currency, and their effects on the U.S. ...
  86. How Peter Thiel Became a Superstar

    July 29, 2015
    A review of the career of legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel.
  87. Are These the 10 Best Stocks in the World?

    July 29, 2015
    Most of the top 10 stocks in the world have performed exceptionally well over the past several years. Here's a look at their ...
  88. Four Great Stocks for Day Traders

    July 29, 2015
    Four day trading stocks that offer volume and a consistent history of big intraday price movements.
  89. Looking To The Mega Caps For Strength

    July 29, 2015
    Increased volatility is making it difficult to find areas of strength in the market. Even utilities are breaking below key ...
  90. How has Google's operations strayed from its original mission ...

    July 29, 2015
    Learn about Google's current mission statement and decide if Google is practicing what it preaches.
  91. What does a high turnover ratio signify for an investment fund?

    July 29, 2015
    Find out more about the turnover ratio, what the turnover ratio measures and what a high turnover ratio indicates about an ...
  92. Credit Card Review: Premier Rewards Gold Amex

    July 29, 2015
    Read more about the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, one of the top charge cards in the United States and a favorite ...
  93. BlackBerry May Exit the Smartphone Market

    July 29, 2015
    It may seem like a very long time ago, but BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) was once a leading company in the smartphone market. ...
  94. For Fox, "Fantastic Four" Could Be a Huge Winner

    July 29, 2015
    Summer is usually good for the movie business. However, the same economics that make for big ticket sales in May, June, ...
  95. Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent Merger Gets the Nod in Europe

    July 29, 2015
    The merger of communications companies Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has received the green light in ...
  96. Credit Card Review: Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex

    July 29, 2015
    Learn about the three American Express cards that partner with Delta Airlines. Understand the benefits of the Gold Delta ...
  97. Ball Runs Into Antitrust Wall Over Rexam Purchase

    July 29, 2015
    The ball is in the European Union's court. The $6.8 billion merger between the world's two biggest can and bottle manufacturers ...
  98. GrubHub Second Quarter Profit Surges

    July 29, 2015
    The U.S. is a hungry nation, and some clever companies are getting rich feeding it. Case in point: GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB), ...
  99. BP Posts a Steep Second Quarter Loss

    July 29, 2015
    Oil giant BP (NYSE: BP) has landed deep in the red. The company posted its second quarter results on Tuesday, revealing ...
  100. Altria Group Smokes Earnings Estimates

    July 29, 2015
    Tobacco giant Altria (NYSE: MO) recently topped analyst estimates on both the top and bottom lines during its second quarter. ...
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