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  1. It Keeps Getting Worse For The Gold Miners

    July 9, 2013
    With gold’s recent price drop and lowered future price targets, the miners are in a world of hurt. Cash costs for the sector ...
  2. Femsa Is A Delicate Balance Between Growth Opportunities And ...

    June 5, 2013
    Femsa's stock got a little too popular, but the long-term prospects are very good.
  3. Scotiabank's Balanced Model Continues To Deliver

    May 28, 2013
    Scotiabank looks undervalued on the prospects for balanced long-term global growth potential.
  4. Investors Seem To Be Overrating Bank Of America

    April 17, 2013
    In any case, I think U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo offer more upside from today's levels than Bank of America.
  5. Citigroup Looking More Like A Normal Big Bank These Days

    April 15, 2013
    With its first full quarter with new CEO Michael Corbat in charge now in the books, Citigroup (NYSE:C) continues to make ...
  6. 10 Highly-Anticipated Tech IPOs for 2013

    February 12, 2013
    Investment bankers are a fickle lot. When the market takes a tumble, they tell their soon-to-go-public banking clients to ...
  7. Layoffs And The Stock Market

    January 23, 2013
    Layoffs may indicate a company's failings, but they can also lead to an increase in the company's stock price.
  8. Has Citigroup Cleared The Decks, Or Found New Problems?

    January 21, 2013
    Citi's surprising provision raises new questions.
  9. Can Wells Fargo Stay Ahead Of The Curve?

    January 15, 2013
    Wells Fargo posts a decent quarter, but spread compression is still a threat.
  10. Is it Time to Dump Bank Stocks?

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  11. Can People's United Get Ahead Of The Curve?

    January 14, 2013
    Conservative capital management comes at the cost of growth.
  12. Short Sellers Are Loading up on Bank Stocks, Should You Follow ...

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  13. 5 Below-Book Stocks with Major Insider Buying

    December 3, 2012
    Ever since he took the reins of Citigroup (NYSE: C) in mid-October, Chairman Michael O'Neill has been making the rounds with ...
  14. Recent Scandals Show Wall Street Still Needs A Lot Of Watching

    November 28, 2012
    Recent news shows that misdeeds at Wall Street and public companies continue.
  15. Feds Sue Big Banks Over Mortgage Fraud

    November 6, 2012
    While the housing sector continues to grind forward, federal investigators have been busy uncovering the reasons for the ...
  16. Where Can U.S. Bancorp Go From Here?

    October 18, 2012
    U.S. Bancorp is back to normal, but so is valuation.
  17. JPMorgan Still Cheap, But Never Easy

    October 16, 2012
    JPMorgan continues to deliver solid results in a difficult environment. With a solid dividend, prospects for share buybacks ...
  18. Building a Better Gold Standard

    September 14, 2012
    While there has been a growing amount of talk coming from Republican circles about returning to the gold standard, there's ...
  19. Enthusiasm For Bank Of America Seems A Little Strange

    July 19, 2012
    Bank of America still has a long way to go to match its peers.
  20. Citigroup Stays On Track

    July 16, 2012
    Citi is slowly executing on its recovery plan and there is a lot of earnings potential in this business.
  21. Where Does A Bruised JP Morgan Go From Here?

    July 16, 2012
    JP Morgan has taken a body-blow, but the bank's franchise value remains strong.
  22. JPMorgan Puts Its Interests Ahead Of Clients

    July 4, 2012
    Brokers at the bank sold underperforming JPMorgan mutual funds to customers despite better choices being available.
  23. The Muni Market Continues To Prove Pundits Wrong

    June 30, 2012
    Despite the dire predictions, the municipal bond sector continues to see great returns and investor inflows. Bonds in the ...
  24. With SL Green Realty, Focus Is Clearly Not An Issue

    June 28, 2012
    SL Green is keenly focused, but not especialy cheap.
  25. Preferred Stock ETFs With Huge Dividends

    June 27, 2012
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  26. 3 Ways To Play Chile's Biggest Conglomerate

    June 26, 2012
    Chile's Luksic family's estimated net worth is $18 billion. There are ways for investors to benefit from their business savvy.
  27. A Better Way To Dividends?

    June 22, 2012
    More than three years removed from the darkest days of the global financial crisis, major bank stocks still face an array ...
  28. Is Shinhan A Good Option For Investors Looking For Banking Performance?

    June 12, 2012
    Shinhan looks like a good mix of growth and value.
  29. Big Cap Bargain Financials

    June 11, 2012
    At the current prices and significant discount from book value, large U.S. financials possess a solid margin of safety.
  30. A Refreshing Choice Of Soft Drink Stocks

    June 3, 2012
    Soft drink producers can put some fizz in a flat portfolio and sweeten up the bitter taste left behind by other parts of ...
  31. XLF, You've Seen Better Days

    May 22, 2012
    In the first quarter, things were finally groovy for major bank stocks and the corresponding ETFs. Bank of America (NYSE: ...
  32. JP Morgan Pain Is Investor Gain

    May 14, 2012
    An opportunity to buy these banks when prices fall from current levels is likely to reward investors with a long-term holding ...
  33. Citigroup CEO Rakes in $14.9 Million

    May 1, 2012
    Citigroup CEO Rakes in $14.9 Million
  34. Clouds Obscure The View On First Horizon

    April 23, 2012
    First Horizon's decisions on capital look a little strange relative to credit quality.
  35. DBS Group – A Balanced Play On Asian Banking

    April 11, 2012
    DBS Group is a well-balanced play on Asian banking growth.
  36. S & P 500 - First Quarter Of 2012 Winners

    April 4, 2012
    The S &amp; P 500 had a solid performance in the first quarter of 2012, with many of the individual components up much more ...
  37. Negative Publicity Isn't Hurting Goldman Sachs

    March 30, 2012
    Financials are one of the top performing sectors of the year and are continuing to do well even in light of the negative ...
  38. Chasing Banks For Yield And Growth

    March 22, 2012
    Banks are starting all over again looking to grow dividend payouts.
  39. National Financial Partners Retrenches For Growth

    March 19, 2012
    NFP took a hit in 2009, but in the past three years its operating cash flow has consistently been between $115 million and ...
  40. 3 Preferred Stock ETFs with Huge Dividends

    March 19, 2012
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  41. HSBC Still Muddling Through And Still Cheap

    February 29, 2012
    HSBC is underrated, due to its exposure to growing markets in Asia and South America, and a regained double-digit return ...
  42. 3 Preferred Stock ETFs with Huge Dividends

    February 13, 2012
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  43. Muni's Are Still Attractive

    February 2, 2012
    Municipal bonds continue to offer value for those investors in higher tax brackets.
  44. PNC Delivers A Surprisingly Average Quarter

    January 20, 2012
    PNC has been a leader among banks, but delivered a more average performance this quarter.
  45. Further Upside Potential For U.S. Bancorp

    January 20, 2012
    U.S. Bancorp has recovered from the credit crisis and could see some organic growth and an increased demand for shares in ...
  46. Wells Fargo Continues To Show Its Quality

    January 19, 2012
    Wells Fargo is emerging as one of the best of the new banking industry, and offers affordable, undervalued stock.
  47. 3 Preferred Stock ETFs with Huge Dividends

    December 20, 2011
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  48. Is Bank Of America In Danger?

    December 6, 2011
    More bad news for Bank of America has the stock flirting with a dangerous price level.
  49. When Networking Pays

    November 17, 2011
    Here is one stock that has seen its share of ups and downs, but has never stopped innovating and adapting, writes Jim Fink ...
  50. Soft Drink Stocks: A Refreshing Choice

    November 15, 2011
    Soft drink producers can put some fizz in a flat portfolio and sweeten up the bitter taste left behind by other parts of ...
  51. Investing By The Book

    November 15, 2011
    Buying below book value can provide investors with a safe and consistent investment approach.
  52. Financial ETFs That Can Hurt Your Portfolio

    November 7, 2011
    History shows that using financial ETFs as a long-term investing strategy isn't wise.
  53. Investors Blindly Selling Out Of Citigroup

    October 21, 2011
    Citigroup's stock appears to be discounting investors' worse fears over its future.
  54. Banks Battle Higher Capital Standards

    October 18, 2011
    Many U.S. banks are fighting the higher capital requirements under Basel III and argue that these rules will reduce economic ...
  55. JPMorgan Chase Posting A Very Reasonable Return

    October 17, 2011
    JPMorgan Chase posted solid third quarter results but the market chose to remain fearful over its future.
  56. FDIC Reports Profitable Banking System

    September 6, 2011
    The latest quarterly banking profile from the FDIC indicates a profitable United States banking system. Investors might consider ...
  57. Citigroup Still Regrouping

    August 30, 2011
    Citigroup investors able to take an investment time line of at least five years could see their money double in the stock.
  58. HSBC On A Faster Track To Recovery

    August 8, 2011
    HSBC is in better shape than its valuation suggests.
  59. Silver Still Sparkles Value

    August 3, 2011
    With both investment and industrial demand at its back, several top commodities analysts predict much higher prices in the ...
  60. Citi Says To Stay Thirsty

    July 29, 2011
    With its supply and demand imbalance in place, water could be one of the best long-term plays for a portfolio. Citigroup’s ...
  61. M&T Bank In A Rare Class

    July 25, 2011
    Unlike most banks, M&amp;T is getting full credit from the Street.
  62. BNY Mellon Looking Much Better

    July 22, 2011
    There are a number of compelling reasons to consider investing in the stock of Bank of New York Mellon.
  63. Patience Will Pay At Wells Fargo

    July 22, 2011
    Wells Fargo isn't showing much fast progress, but the company remains a long-term value.
  64. The Grind Goes On For Bank Of America

    July 20, 2011
    Bank of America is grinding through its mistakes.
  65. Capital One Profits Surge

    July 15, 2011
    Capital One posted strong second quarter earnings as its credit card customers did better at paying on their loans.
  66. Mobile Payments Predicted To Skyrocket

    July 7, 2011
    Find out the best plays for taking advantage of the expected rise in mobile payments and money transfers.
  67. Greek Debt: Are U.S. Banks At Risk?

    June 21, 2011
    With the Greek debt drama continuing to unfold, investors are concerned about big name U.S. banks' exposure.
  68. PNC Financial: On Track And Underpriced

    April 27, 2011
    PNC is another high-quality regional bank trading at an attractive discount to reasonable value.
  69. Banks Helped By Lower Loan Loss Provisions

    April 20, 2011
    Many banks saw improved credit quality in the first quarter of 2011 leading to lower loan loss provisions.
  70. Goofy Stories From The November Market

    April 18, 2011
    From opera singer board members to $11 billon slip-ups, we look back at a few strange tales from the Street.
  71. JP Morgan Q1 2011 Earnings Review

    April 18, 2011
    JP Morgan Chase reported a large increase in profit in the first quarter of 2011. Despite this growth, investors were concerned ...
  72. 3 Preferred Stock ETFs with Huge Dividends

    April 14, 2011
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  73. Prefer Dividends? Why Not Look At Preferred Stock?

    April 11, 2011
    Preferred stock is an under-used option for income-seeking investors.
  74. Bank Of America Sets Strategy

    March 14, 2011
    Bank of America held an analyst meeting and touted the bank's brand, distribution network and product offerings.
  75. Bank Of America - By The Numbers

    March 10, 2011
    Bank of America reported better financial strength and capital levels as it emerges from the recession and financial crisis.
  76. Not All Banks Are Bad

    March 2, 2011
    Quality regional banks have well-capitalized balance sheets, and are trading cheaply, in relation to their bigger brothers.
  77. Morgan Stanley Steers Through Bank Headwinds

    January 26, 2011
    Morgan Stanley had a good quarter and a strong year, though some on the Street question whether it will be able to keep up ...
  78. The Bank Of America Enigma

    January 26, 2011
    At this point in time, a decision on whether to invest in Bank of America is best left in the too-difficult-to-determine ...
  79. U.S. Bancorp Could Bring Investors Back To Banks

    January 21, 2011
    A strong earnings report indicates that U.S. Bancorp is well on the way to recovery.
  80. Citi: More, Better, Faster, Please

    January 19, 2011
    Citi is still a mess, but credit is improving and that's the prime concern these days.
  81. Bank Of America's Incredible Shrinking Liability

    January 10, 2011
    Bank of America's settlement with the GSEs is good news, but a lot more work is left to finish.
  82. Top Institutional Buys

    December 21, 2010
    Looking at a list of top institutional buys is a great stock screen - not a buy list. Let's look closer at these top institutional ...
  83. Big Banks To Boost Dividends

    December 14, 2010
    Many of the major banks announced their intentions to raise dividends. We take a look at which banks investors might be most ...
  84. A Fresh Look At Citi

    December 14, 2010
    With the government finally exiting its ownership of Citi, many investors are looking at the stock again.
  85. Soft Drink Stocks: A Refreshing Choice

    December 8, 2010
    Soft drink producers can put some fizz in a flat portfolio and sweeten up the bitter taste left behind by other parts of ...
  86. 3 Stocks With Strong Insider Buying

    November 26, 2010
    There's nothing like broad-based, insider buying to signal confidence in a company's shares.
  87. Is Bank Of America Stock Undervalued?

    November 22, 2010
    With a per share cash position and book value that exceed the current trading price, BAC may be undervalued.
  88. Revisting Your ABC's

    November 16, 2010
    In May 2008 I took a look at 10 stocks with trading symbols that had only one letter in them. Their performance over a three-year ...
  89. Preferred Stock ETFs with High Dividend Yields

    November 9, 2010
    We examine a group of preferred stock ETFs that have market beating dividend yields.
  90. Want A Strong Bank? Think ICICI

    November 3, 2010
    While domestic banking is still struggling, ICICI is benefiting from strong growth in India. Learn how this bank is profiting ...
  91. Highest Trading Stocks

    October 28, 2010
    These stocks have the highest trading volume on the market. But does heavy trading equate to success for these companies?
  92. 4 Low Price-To-Book Bargains

    October 25, 2010
    These stocks' low P/B ratios may show their potential for generating excess returns.
  93. Top Performing Railroad Stocks

    August 27, 2010
    Although transportation stocks have lost some value in recent trading, rail is a solid long-term investment.
  94. Comparing Canada And America

    August 19, 2010
    Just how equal are the markets and economy in Canada and the United States?
  95. The BCS Portfolio: Playing College Football Sponsors

    August 13, 2010
    College football's biggest bowls, along with the BCS title game, are sponsored by blue chip names you might want to consider ...
  96. Primerica Not That Independent

    August 5, 2010
    Primerica’s fortunes still remain closely tied to its former parent.
  97. Santander's Footprint Pays Off

    August 3, 2010
    Santander's fast-growing Latin business provides a spicy contrast to the sour state of Spain.
  98. IPO Review For The First Half Of 2010

    July 19, 2010
    The U.S. initial public offering market has rebounded from 2009, and has been fighting a bearish trend the past two months.
  99. Fairholme's Big Financial Bet

    July 14, 2010
    Fairholme has over 20% of its assets, over $3 billion, invested in the country's biggest financial names.
  100. Stocks To Guard Your Portfolio

    July 1, 2010
    Finding the right stock to reduce volatility is not as exciting, but it is essential to building a lasting portfolio and ...
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