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  1. Tentative Markets Reflect Earnings Doubts - Ahead of Wall Street

    Tentative Markets Reflect Earnings Doubts - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 1, 2014
    One of the reasons for the market???s tentative behavior is the uncertain corporate earnings growth outlook, as reflected ...
  2. Billionaires Are Jumping On This Niche Investment -- Should You?

    Billionaires Are Jumping On This Niche Investment -- Should You?

    May 1, 2014
    "Are you going to retire after you sell your company?" I once asked the chief financial officer of a company about to be ...
  3. MedTech's Partial Tax Repeal: Is It Enough? - Industry Outlook

    MedTech's Partial Tax Repeal: Is It Enough? - Industry Outlook

    May 1, 2014
    MedTech's Partial Tax Repeal: Is It Enough? - Industry Outlook
  4. What First Horizon's FHFA Settlement Means For RBS and Goldman

    What First Horizon's FHFA Settlement Means For RBS and Goldman

    April 30, 2014
    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has settled the smallest securities fraud suit that remained of the 18 it had ...
  5. 16 Classic Growth Stocks Too Good To Ignore

    16 Classic Growth Stocks Too Good To Ignore

    April 30, 2014
    In terms of revenues, Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) is the classic growth stock. #-ad_banner-#Its sales have grown at least 2 ...
  6. How To Invest Like The Top 1% Of The 1%

    How To Invest Like The Top 1% Of The 1%

    April 30, 2014
    Paradoxically, the trying economic conditions over the past several years have been perfect for super-rich and connected ...
  7. The Difference Betweeen Warren Buffett And You

    The Difference Betweeen Warren Buffett And You

    April 30, 2014
    You don't have to be a billionaire guru to benefit from this strategy -- you just have to act like one. You say you wouldn't ...
  8. The Difference Between Warren Buffett And You

    The Difference Between Warren Buffett And You

    April 30, 2014
    You don't have to be a billionaire guru to benefit from this strategy -- you just have to act like one. You say you wouldn't ...
  9. On GDP, ADP and S&P - Ahead of Wall Street

    On GDP, ADP and S&P - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 30, 2014
    The shockingly weak GDP report threatens to steal the glow from the ADP jobs report and a super-busy docket of Q1 earnings. ...
  10. Increase Exposure To Technology Using ETFs

    Increase Exposure To Technology Using ETFs

    April 30, 2014
    If the bull market continues, increasing exposure to technology companies may prove a solid bet. Here are a few suggestions. ...
  11. Option Debit Spreads Made Easy

    Option Debit Spreads Made Easy

    April 30, 2014
    JW Jones of CondorOptions.com explains the construction and execution of the basic debit spread option trade, how to achieve ...
  12. Q2 Earnings Estimates Coming Down - Earnings Trends

    Q2 Earnings Estimates Coming Down - Earnings Trends

    April 30, 2014
    Q2 Earnings Estimates Coming Down - Earnings Trends
  13. Make A Play For Asia’s Frontier

    Make A Play For Asia’s Frontier

    April 29, 2014
    With economic growth slowing in China and India it may be time to look towards Asia’s up-and-comers. Favorable demographics ...
  14. This Sector's Earnings Are Just Heating Up

    This Sector's Earnings Are Just Heating Up

    April 29, 2014
    We're right in the middle of earnings season, which means that most mid- and large-cap companies have reported results, with ...
  15. 7 Picks For A Sector That's Heating Up

    7 Picks For A Sector That's Heating Up

    April 29, 2014
    We're right in the middle of earnings season, which means that most mid- and large-cap companies have reported results, with ...
  16. Investing In South America – Watch Out For Falling Copper Prices

    Investing In South America – Watch Out For Falling Copper Prices

    April 29, 2014
    Downward pressure on copper is testing bullish metal traders and should be factored in when investing in primary export countries ...
  17. The Only Momentum Stock To Buy Right Now

    The Only Momentum Stock To Buy Right Now

    April 29, 2014
    Momentum stocks have been hit especially hard over the past month. Most stocks related to the Internet has taken it on the ...
  18. $6,300 In Dividends From A $10,000 Investment

    $6,300 In Dividends From A $10,000 Investment

    April 29, 2014
    It's the most lucrative investing strategy I've ever found. It won't happen overnight, but I'm convinced anyone can earn ...
  19. What Propels Microsoft From Here?

    What Propels Microsoft From Here?

    April 29, 2014
    Having beaten the market over the past year (and up more than 22%), Microsoft is no longer priced as though the company will ...
  20. Get 70% Upside With The Best Value Stock You've Never Heard Of

    Get 70% Upside With The Best Value Stock You've Never Heard Of

    April 29, 2014
    Rarely a day goes without someone in the financial media claiming there's a stock bubble about to burst and set off an even ...
  21. A Cloudy Earnings Picture - Ahead of Wall Street

    A Cloudy Earnings Picture - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 29, 2014
    Stocks ran up big last year in anticipation of earnings growth resumption down the road and that hope still remains unrealized. ...
  22. The Only Way To Invest In Micro-Caps

    The Only Way To Invest In Micro-Caps

    April 29, 2014
    Have you ever received emails promising quick returns of 1,000% or more from stock investing? I know I have. Most of these ...
  23. The Only Way To Invest In Micro-Cap Stocks

    The Only Way To Invest In Micro-Cap Stocks

    April 29, 2014
    Have you ever received emails promising quick returns of 1,000% or more from stock investing? I know I have. Most of these ...
  24. Chart Says This Retailer Is Set For A Breakout

    Chart Says This Retailer Is Set For A Breakout

    April 29, 2014
    Peter Lynch talks about paying attention to the "power of common knowledge." His advice is to notice which stores and products ...
  25. Oil & Gas Stocks May 'Feel the Heat' - Industry Outlook

    Oil & Gas Stocks May 'Feel the Heat' - Industry Outlook

    April 29, 2014
    Oil & Gas Stocks May 'Feel the Heat' - Industry Outlook
  26. Warning: Sell This Oil Stock -- Before It's Too Late

    Warning: Sell This Oil Stock -- Before It's Too Late

    April 28, 2014
    It's been nearly a decade since the shale revolution began. Suddenly, the U.S. was being referred to as the "Saudi Arabia ...
  27. Why Wal-Mart Needs To Expand Into Financial Services

    Why Wal-Mart Needs To Expand Into Financial Services

    April 28, 2014
    Wal-Mart's slow but steady push into the financial services sector could help jumpstart the chain's moribund U.S. sales. ...
  28. The Most Important Stock to Watch This Week Is...

    The Most Important Stock to Watch This Week Is...

    April 28, 2014
    All major U.S. indices essentially finished unchanged last week, except for the small-cap Russell 2000, which lost 1.3%. ...
  29. This Little Event Triggered A Storm In The Gold Markets

    This Little Event Triggered A Storm In The Gold Markets

    April 28, 2014
    You might call it the "golden butterfly effect." That, of course, is a reference to the famous example of how complex systems ...
  30. This Undervalued Miner Could Be Perfect For Your Portfolio

    This Undervalued Miner Could Be Perfect For Your Portfolio

    April 28, 2014
    Science -- it's responsible for everything we take for granted these days. #-ad_banner-#We trade on global platforms made ...
  31. A Big Week for Economic & Earnings Data - Ahead of Wall Street

    A Big Week for Economic & Earnings Data - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 28, 2014
    The week is packed with economic and Q1 earnings reports.
  32. Are High Yields Enough To Keep You In These 'Sin Stocks'?

    Are High Yields Enough To Keep You In These 'Sin Stocks'?

    April 28, 2014
    Whoever said drinking, smoking and gambling were habits of poor men got it all wrong. #-ad_banner-#So-called sin stocks have ...
  33. Bear of the Day: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) - Bear of the Day

    April 28, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) - Bear of the Day
  34. Bull of the Day: Facebook (FB) - Bull of the Day

    Bull of the Day: Facebook (FB) - Bull of the Day

    April 28, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Facebook (FB) - Bull of the Day
  35. U.S. Bancorp Finds It Harder To Top Itself

    U.S. Bancorp Finds It Harder To Top Itself

    April 25, 2014
    The fifth-largest U.S. bank by deposits and among the very best in terms of return on capital, U.S. Bancorp (USB) has been ...
  36. EMC Still Sluggish Amid A Tough Hardware Market

    EMC Still Sluggish Amid A Tough Hardware Market

    April 25, 2014
    Between lower guidance after the fourth quarter and the weak hardware results reported by IBM about a week ago, there was ...
  37. Broadcom Paying A High Price To Stay In Mobile

    Broadcom Paying A High Price To Stay In Mobile

    April 25, 2014
    Financial results from Irvine, Calif.-based Broadcom remain frustrating. While its networking business is rolling and broadband ...
  38. Add Some Bacon To Make Your Portfolio Sizzle

    Add Some Bacon To Make Your Portfolio Sizzle

    April 25, 2014
    A combination of factors is pushing up beef and pork prices and could continue doing so for the foreseeable future.
  39. Think Small Banks For Big Profits

    Think Small Banks For Big Profits

    April 25, 2014
    The banking industry avoided the attention of activists, for the most part, as the industry was still recovering from the ...
  40. Could Iron Ore Miners Finally Be A Buy?

    Could Iron Ore Miners Finally Be A Buy?

    April 25, 2014
    Things haven’t been so great in the iron ore sector over the last few years. Prices are way off their highs. But rising global ...
  41. Grasping a Good Sense About Q1 Earnings - Ahead of Wall Street

    Grasping a Good Sense About Q1 Earnings - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 25, 2014
    The key takeaway, including morning reports from Ford (F) and Moody's (MCO) is that there is not much growth and the outlook ...
  42. Get This Sector's Best Dividends All In One Investment

    Get This Sector's Best Dividends All In One Investment

    April 25, 2014
    To consistently earn the highest returns, financial advisors often recommend using a low-cost fund that tracks the S&P ...
  43. Tesla: Should You Buy It?

    Tesla: Should You Buy It?

    April 25, 2014
    Some stocks are considered good values, with attractive fundamental metrics such as a low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, ...
  44. Bear of the Day: Guess (GES) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: Guess (GES) - Bear of the Day

    April 25, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Guess (GES) - Bear of the Day
  45. Bull of the Day: Rite Aid (RAD) - Bull of the Day

    Bull of the Day: Rite Aid (RAD) - Bull of the Day

    April 25, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Rite Aid (RAD) - Bull of the Day
  46. Railroad Stocks Navigate a Choppy Track - Industry Outlook

    Railroad Stocks Navigate a Choppy Track - Industry Outlook

    April 25, 2014
    Railroad Stocks Navigate a Choppy Track - Industry Outlook
  47. Is Apple Now A Must-Own Stock?

    Is Apple Now A Must-Own Stock?

    April 24, 2014
    As Steve Jobs prepped Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook to take the reins of the world's most innovative consumer electronics ...
  48. The Best Credit Card Stock You Can Buy

    The Best Credit Card Stock You Can Buy

    April 24, 2014
    When a company is referred to as a "poor man's American Express (NYSE: AXP)," it may seem like a backhanded compliment. #-ad_banner-#But ...
  49. Positive Earnings Backdrop - Ahead of Wall Street

    Positive Earnings Backdrop - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 24, 2014
    The strong Caterpillar (CAT) earnings report this morning and last evening???s Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) reports provide ...
  50. Forget Bonds -- Buy These 6% Yielders Instead

    Forget Bonds -- Buy These 6% Yielders Instead

    April 24, 2014
    With its constant ups and downs, investing in stocks is like a roller-coaster ride. Investing in bonds, on the other hand, ...
  51. Earn 27% With This Beaten-Down Energy Stock

    Earn 27% With This Beaten-Down Energy Stock

    April 24, 2014
    It has been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear power plant was crippled by a tsunami, spewing radioactive ...
  52. Bear of the Day: Groupon (GRPN) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: Groupon (GRPN) - Bear of the Day

    April 24, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Groupon (GRPN) - Bear of the Day
  53. Bull of the Day: Dangdang (DANG) - Bull of the Day

    Bull of the Day: Dangdang (DANG) - Bull of the Day

    April 24, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Dangdang (DANG) - Bull of the Day
  54. The Economy Is Finally Approaching Lift-Off -- 4 Sectors To Target

    The Economy Is Finally Approaching Lift-Off -- 4 Sectors To Target

    April 23, 2014
    If you live in Southern California and look out on the horizon, you may notice a lot of cargo ships along the coastline these ...
  55. Is The Nanotech Craze Over? Not For These 2 Stocks

    Is The Nanotech Craze Over? Not For These 2 Stocks

    April 23, 2014
    A couple of months ago, the fund planners at Invesco PowerShares closed the book on one of the most unusual chapters in investing ...
  56. How Chevron Found Itself Spanning The Globe

    How Chevron Found Itself Spanning The Globe

    April 23, 2014
    To most consumers, San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is little more than a gasoline retailer – a place to ...
  57. 3 Stocks The Country's Largest Pension Fund Is Buying

    3 Stocks The Country's Largest Pension Fund Is Buying

    April 23, 2014
    As we enter earnings season for the first quarter of 2014, we are also seeing a number of 13F filings roll out ahead of the ...
  58. The Country's Largest Pension Fund Is Buying These 3 Stocks

    The Country's Largest Pension Fund Is Buying These 3 Stocks

    April 23, 2014
    As we enter earnings season for the first quarter of 2014, we are also seeing a number of 13F filings roll out ahead of the ...
  59. A Flood of Mediocre Earnings Reports - Ahead of Wall Street

    A Flood of Mediocre Earnings Reports - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 23, 2014
    Unless earnings fundamentals have stopped meaning anything in this "new normal," the market's gains appear to be on shaky ...
  60. Generate A 4.3% Return While You Wait For Coal's Rebound

    Generate A 4.3% Return While You Wait For Coal's Rebound

    April 23, 2014
    Commodities have dramatically outperformed the broader market so far in 2014. The iPath DJ-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ...
  61. An Improving, But Still Weak Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends

    An Improving, But Still Weak Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends

    April 23, 2014
    An Improving, But Still Weak Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends
  62. Homebuilding Stocks: Has Spring Sprung? - Industry Outlook

    Homebuilding Stocks: Has Spring Sprung? - Industry Outlook

    April 22, 2014
    Homebuilding Stocks: Has Spring Sprung? - Industry Outlook
  63. BB&T Looks For Loan Growth, Cost-Cuts To Drive Earnings

    BB&T Looks For Loan Growth, Cost-Cuts To Drive Earnings

    April 22, 2014
    Most banks remain stuck in a “hurry up and wait” holding pattern where pressure on net interest margins and weak lending ...
  64. Online Advertising Takes The Lead

    Online Advertising Takes The Lead

    April 22, 2014
    Advertisers are now spending more on online ads than ever before. For investors, that means the time could be right to bet ...
  65. These Former Tech High-Fliers Are Now Bargains

    These Former Tech High-Fliers Are Now Bargains

    April 22, 2014
    When assessing a stock's value, investors often apply a PEG ratio (price-to-earnings divided by the earnings growth rate). ...
  66. How Procter & Gamble Found Itself in Everyone's Cupboard

    How Procter & Gamble Found Itself in Everyone's Cupboard

    April 22, 2014
    Out of necessity, some giant corporations have narrow product lines. A bank, for instance, can package loans in only so many ...
  67. Q1 Continues Unimpressively - Ahead of Wall Street

    Q1 Continues Unimpressively - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 22, 2014
    Excluding the drag from the Finance sector, total earnings would be up +2.8% on +3.3% higher revenues.
  68. Are 'Smart Beta' Investments A Wise Choice?

    Are 'Smart Beta' Investments A Wise Choice?

    April 22, 2014
    A few years ago, the phrase "smart-beta ETFs" barely existed in the investing lexicon. Yet these exchange-traded funds are ...
  69. Are These Trendy Investments Really A Wise Choice?

    Are These Trendy Investments Really A Wise Choice?

    April 22, 2014
    A few years ago, the phrase "smart-beta ETFs" barely existed in the investing lexicon. Yet these exchange-traded funds are ...
  70. Already a '10-Bagger,' This Stock Still Has 19% Upside

    Already a '10-Bagger,' This Stock Still Has 19% Upside

    April 22, 2014
    Over the past five years, this company has tripled its revenue. The stock has done even better, increasing from about $5 ...
  71. Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day

    April 22, 2014
    Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day
  72. Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day

    April 22, 2014
    Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day
  73. How Johnson & Johnson Became A Household Name

    How Johnson & Johnson Became A Household Name

    April 21, 2014
    New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is probably most famous as the parent company of multiple household ...
  74. Why I Will NEVER Buy Another Bank Stock

    Why I Will NEVER Buy Another Bank Stock

    April 21, 2014
    My grandmother, a schoolteacher, was widowed at a relatively early age. She inherited a relatively small nest egg my grandfather, ...
  75. A Big Earnings Week Ahead - Ahead of Wall Street

    A Big Earnings Week Ahead - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 21, 2014
    Earnings will be front and center this week and will determine whether stocks sustain or lose last week's momentum.
  76. Get Paid While You Wait To Buy This Miner At A Discount

    Get Paid While You Wait To Buy This Miner At A Discount

    April 21, 2014
    After lagging behind the broader market for more than a year, SPDR S&P Metals & Mining (NYSE: XME) finally hit bottom ...
  77. Bear of the Day: H&R Block (HRB) - Bear of the Day

    Bear of the Day: H&R Block (HRB) - Bear of the Day

    April 21, 2014
    Bear of the Day: H&R Block (HRB) - Bear of the Day
  78. Sears And Others Insiders Have Been Buying

    Sears And Others Insiders Have Been Buying

    April 20, 2014
    Both Sears Holdings and Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores have seen insider buying lately. So have Aircastle and Opko Health, ...
  79. The LNG Opportunity Keeps Getting Better

    The LNG Opportunity Keeps Getting Better

    April 18, 2014
    As we continue to unearth a record amount of shale gas, exporting that bounty is quickly taking shape- especially to energy ...
  80. The 2 Best Global Investments To Own, Hands Down

    The 2 Best Global Investments To Own, Hands Down

    April 18, 2014
    Over the past half decade, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry has caught the mutual fund industry off-guard. The assets ...
  81. The 'Boring' Fund That Keeps Crushing The Market

    The 'Boring' Fund That Keeps Crushing The Market

    April 18, 2014
    The old saying "You get what you pay for" doesn't necessarily hold true for mutual funds. #-ad_banner-#Lots of funds that ...
  82. 3 Oilfield Stocks For Value And Growth

    3 Oilfield Stocks For Value And Growth

    April 18, 2014
    The market seems to be in upheaval this year, yet the S&P is only down 1% year to date. So what's going on? #-ad_banner-#Simply ...
  83. Wells Fargo In Good Shape, But The Street Knows It

    Wells Fargo In Good Shape, But The Street Knows It

    April 17, 2014
    There are worse things than owning a quality well-run business that Wall Street knows is well-run, but it isn't often a source ...
  84. Ginnie Mae To Big Banks: Show Us Your Mortgages. But Can They?

    Ginnie Mae To Big Banks: Show Us Your Mortgages. But Can They?

    April 17, 2014
    The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) recently discovered that Bank of America (NYSE: National Mortgage ...
  85. Is This The Oil Play Of The Century?

    Is This The Oil Play Of The Century?

    April 17, 2014
    Every now and again, an opportunity comes along that turns unsuspecting, normal people into overnight millionaires. #-ad_banner-#Such ...
  86. Binary Options Trading Volume On Nadex On Track To Grow 400% ...

    Binary Options Trading Volume On Nadex On Track To Grow 400% ...

    April 17, 2014
    In 2013 Nadex grew over 100% year over year. According to the most recent results, the volume is expanding even faster in ...
  87. Earnings Reflect a Frigid Q1 - Ahead of Wall Street

    Earnings Reflect a Frigid Q1 - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 17, 2014
    It's looking more and more like we???re going to have to wait yet another quarter for real earnings growth to take hold. ...
  88. Need Proof That Buybacks Work? Check Out These Stocks

    Need Proof That Buybacks Work? Check Out These Stocks

    April 17, 2014
    America's top two automakers, Ford (NYSE: F) and GM (NYSE : GM), are still trying to get their financial house in order. ...
  89. Forget Tesla -- Earn 39% A Year With This Under-The-Radar Stock

    Forget Tesla -- Earn 39% A Year With This Under-The-Radar Stock

    April 17, 2014
    One of today's most exciting investment themes revolves around the electric car market. At the center of this trend is Tesla ...
  90. Wednesday IPO Review & Sneak-Peek For Thursday, April 17

    Wednesday IPO Review & Sneak-Peek For Thursday, April 17

    April 17, 2014
    Three IPOs hit exchange floors Wednesday, Moelis & Co (NYSE: TRIV). Trading opened with mixed results, seeing Moelis ...
  91. Bull of the Day: Rambus (RMBS) - Bull of the Day

    Bull of the Day: Rambus (RMBS) - Bull of the Day

    April 17, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Rambus (RMBS) - Bull of the Day
  92. How Wal-Mart Makes its Money

    How Wal-Mart Makes its Money

    April 16, 2014
    While convention dictates that it’s impossible to write about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) without saying at least something ...
  93. Pepsi Earnings Preview: Analysts Favor A Refreshing Quarter

    Pepsi Earnings Preview: Analysts Favor A Refreshing Quarter

    April 16, 2014
    PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) will report its first quarter results early Thursday morning before market open. Analysts are expecting ...
  94. A Much-Needed Gift For Retailers

    A Much-Needed Gift For Retailers

    April 16, 2014
    The consumer is back. With March retail sales hitting multiyear highs, spending is back in style.
  95. These International Dividend ETFs Are Cheap Cheap Cheap

    These International Dividend ETFs Are Cheap Cheap Cheap

    April 16, 2014
    For investors the recent market sell-off has created some interesting opportunities. One of the biggest could be those funds ...
  96. Earnings Paper Cuts Impeding J.P. Morgan's Value

    Earnings Paper Cuts Impeding J.P. Morgan's Value

    April 16, 2014
    J.P. Morgan is also among the leading credit card companies in the country, it is the largest Visa issuer in the country ...
  97. Why This Natural Gas Game-Changer Has 40% Upside

    Why This Natural Gas Game-Changer Has 40% Upside

    April 16, 2014
    From my apartment here in Medellin, Colombia, I can see the sign to a local gas station. The price of gasoline has climbed ...
  98. Billionaires Love These 4 High-Yielders

    Billionaires Love These 4 High-Yielders

    April 16, 2014
    They say there is power in numbers, and when it comes to investing like the pros, that sentiment is right on the money. #-ad_banner-#One ...
  99. The Earnings Parade Accelerates - Ahead of Wall Street

    The Earnings Parade Accelerates - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 16, 2014
    More than positive earnings surprises, we need some improvement on the guidance front.
  100. This Unloved Stock Could Pay A 14% 'Dividend' In 4 Weeks

    This Unloved Stock Could Pay A 14% 'Dividend' In 4 Weeks

    April 16, 2014
    RadioShack's (NYSE: RSH) brand may be recognizable, but the same cannot be said for its stock. Shares of the once-popular ...
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