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  1. Will DTE Energy Prosper from Economic Revival in Michigan? - ...

    December 18, 2014
    On Dec 12, 2014, we issued an updated research report on DTE Energy Company (DTE).
  2. Integrys Energy JV amp Trillium Opens CNG station in Ohio - Analyst ...

    December 18, 2014
    Integrys Energy Group's (TEG) joint venture amp Trillium, LLC, opened a public access compressed natural gas station in Canton, ...
  3. Black Hills Unit Gets KCC Approval to Hike Rates, Shares Up - ...

    December 18, 2014
    Black Hills Energy, a unit of Black Hills Corporation (BKH), has received a rate case approval from the Kansas Corporation ...
  4. AES to Divest Minority Stake in IPALCO Enterprises to CDPQ - ...

    December 17, 2014
    AES Corp (AES) decides to sell its 15% minority stake in AES US Investments Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AES, to CDPQ ...
  5. TECO Energy (TE) Expands Operations on Stable Liquidity - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 12, we have issued an updated research report on TECO Energy, Inc. (TE).
  6. Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (HCBK): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    December 17, 2014
    We have upgraded our long-term recommendation on Hudson City to Outperform from Neutral, following the announcement of the ...
  7. Navient Rewards Shareholders with New Buyback Program - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Navient Corporation (NAVI) announced a new share repurchase program for up to $1.0 billion of its outstanding common stock.
  8. COPEL Faces Near-term Risks, Offsets Long-term Prospects - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    On Dec 11, 2014, we issued an updated research report on Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ELP) or COPEL.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 9 Widely Overlooked Small Banks That Offer Big Profit Potential

    November 18, 2014
    Last week we talked about riding the coat tails of bank stock activists to earn out sized profits in the stock market. A ...
  12. How You Can Add Retail to Your Portfolio Now - Industry Outlook

    November 12, 2014
    How You Can Add Retail to Your Portfolio Now - Industry Outlook
  13. Strong Holiday Season Likely for Retailers? - Industry Outlook

    November 11, 2014
    Strong Holiday Season Likely for Retailers? - Industry Outlook
  14. 2 Stocks With Unrealized Upside Potential

    November 9, 2014
    It’s always wise to have spare funds whenever earnings season rolls around. Inevitably, a handful of companies will deliver ...
  15. In The Week Ahead: The One Cautionary Sign In An Otherwise Bullish ...

    November 9, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory for the third consecutive week, but just barely, led by the broad ...
  16. Outperform The Market Using This Value Metric

    October 24, 2014
    Since my first column for StreetAuthority nearly five years ago, I have repeatedly extolled the virtues of a favorite value ...
  17. The Only Metric Value Investors Should Watch

    October 24, 2014
    Since my first column for StreetAuthority nearly five years ago, I have repeatedly extolled the virtues of a favorite value ...
  18. Outperform The Market By Using My Favorite Value Metric

    October 24, 2014
    Since my first column for StreetAuthority nearly five years ago, I have repeatedly extolled the virtues of a favorite value ...
  19. Foreign Banks: Geopolitics, Regulations Cloud Prospects - Industry ...

    October 20, 2014
    Foreign Banks: Geopolitics, Regulations Cloud Prospects - Industry Outlook
  20. Bull of the Day: Barnes & Noble (BKS) - Bull of the Day

    October 9, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Barnes & Noble (BKS) - Bull of the Day
  21. U.S. Restaurants Slog Through a Weak Industry - Industry Outlook

    September 19, 2014
    U.S. Restaurants Slog Through a Weak Industry - Industry Outlook
  22. Positive Econ Data for Tuesday - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 26, 2014
    Stocks appear on track to cross the milestone level in today's session after failing to do it on Monday.
  23. On Burger King, Roche, Yellen and Draghi - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 25, 2014
    Light volumes in this last week of the summer season could exaggerate even modest market moves.
  24. This Style of Investing Is Delivering 9 Times the Performance ...

    August 18, 2014
    There's a group of stocks currently trouncing the S&P 500. In just a few months, they've generated 44.8%, 58.1%, ...
  25. 3 Stocks Challenging Amazon's Online Retail Deathgrip

    August 14, 2014
    In the board rooms of Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), Bed, Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq:BBBY) and many other ...
  26. U.S. Banks Stay Afloat - Cutting Costs or Core Business? - Industry ...

    August 5, 2014
    U.S. Banks Stay Afloat - Cutting Costs or Core Business? - Industry Outlook
  27. ...And It Started Out a Perfectly Good Q2 Earnings Season - Ahead ...

    July 18, 2014
    Instead of reflecting on a new wave of tragedy and warfare, I give a run-down of a few big companies reporting earnings this ...
  28. Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook

    July 15, 2014
    Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook
  29. 15 Companies That Are Killing It With Equal Rights

    July 2, 2014
    The Supreme Court's decision on Monday, in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, exempted some companies from offering contraceptive ...
  30. Bear of the Day: DSW (DSW) - Bear of the Day

    July 1, 2014
    Bear of the Day: DSW (DSW) - Bear of the Day
  31. Barron's Recap: Top 10 Takeover Targets

    May 26, 2014
    This weekend in Barron's online: how to play the merger boom, as well as the prospects for Time Inc., Global Brass & ...
  32. Costs Taking a Bite Out of Restaurant Stocks - Industry Outlook

    May 21, 2014
    Costs Taking a Bite Out of Restaurant Stocks - Industry Outlook
  33. How To Build A Portfolio Of Infrastructure Investments

    May 14, 2014
    As many have said, demographics are destiny. Accordingly, investors seeking stability and income should put infrastructure ...
  34. U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook

    April 8, 2014
    U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook
  35. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  36. Foreign Banks Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 21, 2014
    Foreign Banks Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook
  37. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 28, 2014
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook
  38. 14 Rapid Fire ETF Ideas for 2014

    December 30, 2013
    Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff ...
  39. Looking Back at Our Rapid Fire ETF Ideas for 2013

    December 26, 2013
    As 2012 came to a close last year, we sat down and picked out some of the most promising ETF investments for the coming year. ...
  40. This Off-The-Radar Fund Pays A 4.5% Yield

    December 17, 2013
    Wall Street is famous for creating new products. Sometimes, these products prove to be disastrous, like derivatives on subprime ...
  41. Shares of the Louisville-based parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell have gained about 12% this year, underperforming the broader S&P 500 Index, which rose 25% because of concerns about the company's struggling business in China.

    Better Times Ahead For Yum Brands?

    December 6, 2013
    Yum Brands CEO David Nowak talks a good game, but can he deliver? Even under the best of scenario, the amiable CEO is going ...
  42. Do You Own The 2 Top Stocks Held By 2013's Top Hedge Fund?

    October 30, 2013
    Allow me to let you in on a closely guarded secret among professional money managers. While they all talk a big game and ...
  43. Burger King Worldwide yesterday reported it earned an adjusted profit of 23 cents per share two cents higher than analysts expected.

    Burger King’s Stock Looks Tasty

    October 29, 2013
    Burger King Worldwide yesterday reported it earned an adjusted profit of 23 cents per share two cents higher than analysts ...
  44. McDonald's recent earnings trailed analyst expectations.

    McDonald's Wings Not So Mighty As Sales Suffer

    October 21, 2013
    Shares of McDonalds, fell 61 cents to $94.59 on Monday after it reported sales for the quarter ended September 30 of $7.23 ...
  45. McDonald's Earnings Preview: Was The Menu Tinkering Worth It? ...

    October 19, 2013
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) is scheduled to report its third-quarter results Monday, October 21, before the markets open. ...
  46. Barnes & Noble, J.C. Penney See Short Interest Rise (BKS, JCP, ...

    October 13, 2013
    The back-to-school shopping season was underwhelming, and economic confidence is plummeting ahead of the holiday shopping ...
  47. Weakness in China sent the price of YUM shares lower.

    Is Now The Time To Buy Yum Brands?

    October 11, 2013
    Yum Brands’ efforts to turnaround its beleaguered China division, which has been hurt by concerns about the safety of its ...
  48. McDonald's facing challenges to growth

    The Many Challenges To McDonald's Growth

    October 4, 2013
    Ever since Don Thompson became Chief Executive of McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) last year, he has had a rough go of it. Wall ...
  49. McDonald's And Other Restaurant Stocks To Sell Now (DRI, MCD, ...

    September 24, 2013
    New research from Oppenheimer suggests that many leisure stocks may be overpriced now. The analysts suggest that investors ...
  50. Wild Short Interest Swings In Barnes & Noble and Rite Aid (BKS, ...

    September 12, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the latter weeks of August. However, ...
  51. Abercrombie & Fitch The Latest To Get Trampled

    August 22, 2013
    Abercrombie & Fitch's recovery crumbles under the weight of weak traffic and heavy promotions at rivals.
  52. Urban Outfitters Steps Up Its Game

    August 21, 2013
    tail's been an iffy proposition when it comes to second quarter earnings reports. One company doing well in this cautious ...
  53. Arcos Dorados Still Several Fries Short Of A Happy Meal

    August 20, 2013
    Inflation has made the operating environment quite challenging for McDonald's Latin American operator.
  54. McDonald's Has Eased Off, But Hardly Cheap

    July 22, 2013
    A rotation away from consumer stocks is pressuring McDonald's, as is short-term weakness in sales growth.
  55. Darden: A Step Ahead in Latin America - Analyst Blog

    July 15, 2013
    Darden Restaurants recently announced deals with two renowned Latin American restaurant operators to spread its presence ...
  56. 7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read: 7/11

    July 11, 2013
    Wall Street started off the week in high spirits after aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) kicked off the unofficial start of the Q2 ...
  57. Strong Buy on Black Hills Corp. - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    Black Hills Corporation has been upgraded to Strong Buy on Jul 9.
  58. Banks to Face Tougher Regulations - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller ...
  59. e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook

    July 8, 2013
    e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 1) - Industry Outlook
  60. Moody's to Review Custody Banks' Ratings - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2013
    Moody's Investors Service has put the ratings of three major U.S. trust and custody banks - The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, ...
  61. Rayonier Not Really An Income Play On A Housing Recovery

    July 3, 2013
    Rayonier has good assets and a good business, but not a good valuation.
  62. Banks Down-Under Looking Up - Analyst Blog

    July 1, 2013
    The banking sector was historically the darling of investors, with stocks offering steady income and high secured yields ...
  63. China to Allow Mutual Fund Sale - Analyst Blog

    June 27, 2013
    In the further opening up of its financial markets, China's securities regulator sanctioned introduction of domestic mutual ...
  64. Earnings Expectations for the Week of June 24

    June 23, 2013
    Quarterly reports from Nike (NYSE: BBRY) will be among the highlights on the earnings front this week. Here is a quick look ...
  65. Rising Interest Rates? Not A Problem For These Funds

    June 20, 2013
    As the United States moves further into recovery, it's only a matter of time before the Fed begins raising interest rates. ...
  66. Winning ETF Strategies For the Second Half - ETF News And Commentary

    June 17, 2013
    Investors should prepare for the eventual tapering of the Fed's massive support.
  67. The Bullish Trend For Muni Bonds

    June 14, 2013
    For investors looking for tax-free income, the municipal bond sector continues to get stronger. It seems that states have ...
  68. Krispy Kreme's Franchise Deal in Dallas - Analyst Blog

    June 13, 2013
    Krispy Kreme sold three company-owned shops to an affiliate of Sun Holdings for refranchising purpose.
  69. American Realty Raises Cap to Fund Buy-Outs - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    American Realty raised approximately $896 million as net proceeds through placement of common stock and convertible preferred ...
  70. Sallie Mae Suspends Credit Facility - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    Sallie Mae, declared the closure of a $6.8 billion credit facility, which used to aid term securitization of its federally ...
  71. Building A Portfolio BRIC By BRIC

    June 11, 2013
    When Jim O'Neil first came up with the acronym of BRIC, the four nations were the cream of the emerging market crop. A decade ...
  72. Visual Risk Analysis Of The MSCI BRIC Index Fund (BKF)

    June 11, 2013
    When it comes to emerging market exposure, no region is more popular than BRIC, as this corner of the market is home to the ...
  73. Express Rides Fashion Star To Online Success

    May 31, 2013
    Specialty retailer Express announced first quarter earnings May 30 that beat the consensus estimate. Not only that but it ...
  74. Is Microsoft Hitting Up Barnes & Noble For Some Nook(ie)?

    May 9, 2013
    Will Microsoft pay up to take Nook Media off Barnes & Noble's hands?
  75. Sonic Still In A Tricky Spot

    March 27, 2013
    Sonic still can't seem to get back in a sales growth groove.
  76. Citi to Spin-off Hedge Fund Unit - Analyst Blog

    February 8, 2013
    In accordance with the Volcker Rule, Citigroup Inc. C) is in the final stages of spinning off an internal hedge fund unit, ...
  77. Starbucks Expands in India - Analyst Blog

    February 7, 2013
    Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) recently announced the opening of yet another Starbucks store in the lucrative Indian market, ...
  78. Westamerica Remains Underperform - Analyst Blog

    February 5, 2013
    On Feb 4, 2013, we reiterated our long-term recommendation on Westamerica Bancorp. (WABC) at 'Underperform'. This reflects ...
  79. TCF Financial Penalized $10M - Analyst Blog

    January 28, 2013
    On Friday, TCF National Bank, the primary subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation (TCB) consented to pay a $10 million federal ...
  80. McDonald's Seems Back On Track, But Not Cheap

    January 28, 2013
    McDonald's continues to deliver, but valuation is no bargain.
  81. Raymond James Beats on High Rev - Analyst Blog

    January 24, 2013
    Raymond James Financial Inc.'s (RJF) fiscal first-quarter 2013 (ended Dec 31) earnings per share came in at 69 cents, beating ...
  82. Associated Reports In Line Results - Analyst Blog

    January 21, 2013
    Associated Banc-Corp (ASBC) reported its fourth quarter 2012 earnings of 26 cents per share, which came in line with the ...
  83. SABESP Approves Share Count Hike - Analyst Blog

    January 14, 2013
    Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo- SABESP (SBS), a leading provider of basic and environmental sanitation ...
  84. BNY Mellon Launches CSD in Europe - Analyst Blog

    January 8, 2013
    The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK) has launched a new Issuer Central Securities Depository (CSD) unit in Europe ...
  85. The Best Investing Style ETF This Fiscal? - ETF News And Commentary

    December 31, 2012
    A debate between different styles of investing is not new to the financial world. There are various 'experts' from different ...
  86. Bridge Capital: A Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

    December 26, 2012
    Rising earnings estimates on the back of solid third quarter results - including a 38.1% earnings surprise - helped Bridge ...
  87. 13 Rapid Fire ETF Ideas For 2013

    December 19, 2012
    This past year shaped out to be quite the roller coaster ride for many investors; equity marketsperseveredthroughtumultuous, ...
  88. U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Dec 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    December 18, 2012
    What's in Store for U.S. Banks in 2013? U.S. banks look ready for 2013 with uninterrupted expense control, sound balance ...
  89. Bull Vs. Bear - The Special Dividend Tactic Is Just A Knee-Jerk ...

    December 7, 2012
    The markets are littered with companies that waste money overpaying for share repurchases and corporate acquisitions.
  90. 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor

    December 6, 2012
    With interest expected to stay at near-zero levels for the foreseeable future, many investors have found it challenging to ...
  91. Swiss Banks to Charge for Deposits - Analyst Blog

    December 4, 2012
    The largest Swiss banks, including Credit Suisse Group (CS) and UBS AG (UBS), have decided to charge fees and pay negative ...
  92. Sasol Limited and More Big Movers in Basic Materials on November ...

    November 30, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq has decreased 0.4%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.2%; and the Dow is ...
  93. Capital One and Other Financial Stocks Making Big Moves on November ...

    November 27, 2012
    The market has been slipping so far today. The Nasdaq has slipped 0.2%; the S&P 500 has fallen 0.2%; and the Dow has ...
  94. Has Abercrombie & Fitch Turned The Corner?

    November 16, 2012
    It might be too soon to say that Abercrombie & Fitch is back on track.
  95. Is The Bond Bubble Going To Burst?

    November 14, 2012
    The steady inflation of bond prices and growing public debts has led many fund managers and analysts to warn that a "bond ...
  96. Pyxis Launches Senior Bank Loan ETF (SNLN)

    November 7, 2012
    Pyxis Funds is making a splash onto the ETF arena with its debut of the Pyxis/iBoxx Senior Loan ETF (SNLN). Formerly known ...
  97. The Wide Moat ETF (MOAT) Explained - ETF News And Commentary

    November 2, 2012
    With markets struggling as of late, some investors are taking more of a value approach as we close out the year. One way ...
  98. Senior Bank Loans: High-Yield With Perks

    October 25, 2012
    With interest rates stuck at all-time lows, and expected to remain there for some time, investors of all walks have been ...
  99. Bank of Hawaii Beats Estimates - Analyst Blog

    October 23, 2012
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (BOH) reported its third-quarter 2012 earnings of 92 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus ...
  100. What An iPad Mini Could Say About Apple's Competition

    October 23, 2012
    Apple's iPad Mini is not a concession to its competitors, but rather a challenge.
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