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  1. Ocwen in Trouble Again: Faults in Settlement Compliance - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Ocwen (OCN) is simply not able to steer clear of troubles. Since Dec 2013, the company's share price has suffered a decline ...
  2. 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.
  3. Manulife Forms Team for Emerging Markets Equity Investment - ...

    December 16, 2014
    Manulife Financial Corp. (MFC) formation of a new Global Emerging Markets Equity portfolio management team, reflects the ...
  4. Goldman Continues Foray into the ETF Market via New ETFs - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) which jumped on the bandwagon of Wall Street banks which are targeting the fastest growing ...
  5. FuelCell Energy's Q4 & FY14 Loss Narrower than Expected - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    FuelCell Energy's (FCEL) fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 loss was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate and revenues surpassed ...
  6. The One Bank Poised To Thrive Despite New Regulations

    December 10, 2014
    Investors have been warming up to bank stocks in a big way. The KBW Bank Index jumped 50% over the past two years, and a ...
  7. Bumpy Road Ahead for U.S. Banks: Stay Away? - Industry Outlook

    December 3, 2014
    Bumpy Road Ahead for U.S. Banks: Stay Away? - Industry Outlook
  8. U.S. Banks with Growth Potential - Industry Outlook

    December 2, 2014
    U.S. Banks with Growth Potential - Industry Outlook
  9. U.S. Banks Gaining Ground on Industry Challenges - Industry Outlook

    December 1, 2014
    U.S. Banks Gaining Ground on Industry Challenges - Industry Outlook
  10. The iShares FTSE China 25 Index Fund etf has become popular with investors seeking China exposure. Here's why.

    This ETF Offers Easy Access To China's Big Hitters

    November 26, 2014
    The iShares FTSE China 25 Index Fund etf has become popular with investors seeking China exposure. Here's why.
  11. How To Invest In The Most Useful Product In America

    November 25, 2014
    It was the summer of 1957. As the Cold War was heating up, the United States raced to develop our nation's first intercontinental ...
  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. Has Copper’s Time Come?

    October 31, 2014
    Copper hasn’t had much shine over the last few years, but recent data is supporting a major move by the metal. The time to ...
  14. How A Bank Stress Test Works

    October 30, 2014
    Recently released European Banking Authority (EBA) stress test results have many banks breathing a sigh of relief and some ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. Coca-Cola And Three Other Major Companies That Are Helping Entrepreneurs

    October 21, 2014
    Last week, The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: announced a new program, Coca-Cola Founders, designed to help entrepreneurs take ...
  19. Where I'm Looking For Value In The Oil Sector

    October 19, 2014
    The rapid meltdown in oil prices appears to have caught almost everyone off guard. When I looked at the crude oil market ...
  20. The Only Energy Stocks You Need To Own Right Now

    October 19, 2014
    The rapid meltdown in oil prices appears to have caught almost everyone off guard. When I looked at the crude oil market ...
  21. In The Week Ahead: No Clear Sign Of A Market Bottom

    October 19, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in the red again last week except for the Russell 2000, which gained 2.8%, reversing ...
  22. In The Week Ahead: No Clear Sign Of A Market Bottom In Sight

    October 19, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in the red again last week except for the Russell 2000, which gained 2.8%, reversing ...
  23. Right Time to Build Positions in REIT Stocks? - Industry Outlook

    October 15, 2014
    Right Time to Build Positions in REIT Stocks? - Industry Outlook
  24. Bring on Banks & Tech - Ahead of Wall Street

    October 14, 2014
    A favorable start to the bank sector results should help stocks overcome global growth fears, at least for today.
  25. Can Finance Sector Surprise Q3 Earnings Season? - Industry Outlook

    October 9, 2014
    Can Finance Sector Surprise Q3 Earnings Season? - Industry Outlook
  26. Bear of the Day: Guess (GES) - Bear of the Day

    October 9, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Guess (GES) - Bear of the Day
  27. Profit From This Multi-Billionaire's Bet On An Unloved Commodity

    September 14, 2014
    The super-rich are not like the rest of us. People like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates take on mythic status. As they build ...
  28. This Multi-Billionaire Just Invested $25 Million In This Unloved ...

    September 14, 2014
    The super-rich are not like the rest of us. People like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates take on mythic status. As they build ...
  29. Why Buffett’s Favorite Bank Is About To Dole Out $100 Billion

    September 7, 2014
    A little-noticed milestone took place in the just-completed earnings season. After 17 straight quarters of sequentially stronger ...
  30. Could Buffett's Favorite Bank Stock Skyrocket From This $100 ...

    September 7, 2014
    A little-noticed milestone took place in the just-completed earnings season. After 17 straight quarters of sequentially stronger ...
  31. These 3 Stocks Have Huge Insider Buying

    August 27, 2014
    As earnings season comes to an end, so does the opportunity for a company’s officers and directors to snap up company ...
  32. For investors, the unconventional drilling boom is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite the recent record production gains, more could be in store.

    Unconventional Drilling Still Has Room To Boom

    August 22, 2014
    For investors, the unconventional drilling boom is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite the recent record production gains, ...
  33. Jobless Claims & More Create Good Backdrop - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 7, 2014
    Interest rate decisions out of Europe, a favorable U.S. Jobless Claims report, and reports of a huge bank settlement provide ...
  34. 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
  35. Bull of the Day: Fairchild Semi (FCS) - Bull of the Day

    July 29, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Fairchild Semi (FCS) - Bull of the Day
  36. Bear of the Day: E*Trade (ETFC) - Bear of the Day

    July 29, 2014
    Bear of the Day: E*Trade (ETFC) - Bear of the Day
  37. ...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 ...
  38. More Good News to Backstop Market - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 15, 2014
    Stocks today will likely maintain the positive momentum of the last few sessions, and Janet Yellen's Senate testimony comes ...
  39. Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook

    July 15, 2014
    Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook
  40. Citi Beat Leads Markets to Green - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 14, 2014
    Stocks appear on track to start today's session in the green, maintaining the overnight action out of global markets.
  41. Wells Fargo & a Return to Normalcy - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 11, 2014
    The reassuring earnings report from Wells Fargo (WFC) and easing of Portugal-related fears should result in a normal trading ...
  42. What Do Investors Expect from Q2 Earnings? - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 9, 2014
    Earnings are expected to be up +5.6% in Q3 and +8.9% in Q4, with the growth pace expected to accelerate further in the following ...
  43. Follow Last Week's Narrative (For Now) - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 7, 2014
    Last week's strong jobs report will likely remain the dominant theme in today's session.
  44. Bear of the Day: Zais Financial (ZFC) - Bear of the Day

    June 25, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Zais Financial (ZFC) - Bear of the Day
  45. 5 Megatrends and ETFs to Play Them

    June 24, 2014
    These long-term trends in demographics, politics, and economic policy are global in nature and tremendously powerful, and ...
  46. REITs: Something to Build On - Industry Outlook

    June 12, 2014
    REITs: Something to Build On - Industry Outlook
  47. Utility Stocks - The Shift Is On - Industry Outlook

    June 5, 2014
    Utility Stocks - The Shift Is On - Industry Outlook
  48. Bull of the Day: E Trade Financial (ETFC) - Bull of the Day

    May 26, 2014
    Bull of the Day: E Trade Financial (ETFC) - Bull of the Day
  49. Barron's Recap: The ETF Roundtable

    May 11, 2014
    This weekend in Barron's online: the Barron's ETF Roundtable, picks and pans from the Sohn Investment Conference, as well ...
  50. Bear of the Day: Bank of America (BAC) - Bear of the Day

    May 8, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Bank of America (BAC) - Bear of the Day
  51. Industrial Metals Stock Outlook - May 2014 - Industry Outlook

    May 6, 2014
    Industrial Metals Stock Outlook - May 2014 - Industry Outlook
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 finding it more and more challenging to surpass expectations.

    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 ...
  54. Most banks remain stuck in a “hurry up and wait” holding pattern where pressure on net interest margins and weak lending growth constrain near-term earnings growth.

    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 ...
  55. One of the real positives to the Wells Fargo story is that this is a fairly diverse business with a strong core franchise and a good capital position.

    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 ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. The Earnings Parade Accelerates - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 16, 2014
    More than positive earnings surprises, we need some improvement on the guidance front.
  58. The Latest In College Trends: The Retail Sector

    April 9, 2014
    Sometimes even experienced investors and traders get so bogged down by top-down growth trends that they miss the grassroots ...
  59. Momentum Stocks or a Momentum Market? - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 8, 2014
    It's not just a few stocks that are in momentum, the entire mar
  60. U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook

    April 8, 2014
    U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook
  61. Bull of the Day: E Trade Financial (ETFC) - Bull of the Day

    March 13, 2014
    Bull of the Day: E Trade Financial (ETFC) - Bull of the Day
  62. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  63. Natural gas vehicles are finally beginning to take off in a big way. Fleet sales and heavy duty truck demand is growing and analysts predict big things in the future.

    Playing The Growth In Natural Gas Powered Vehicles

    March 12, 2014
    Natural gas vehicles are taking off in a big way. Fleet sales and heavy duty truck demand is growing and analysts predict ...
  64. Where Buffett Is Finding The Market's Best Yields

    March 7, 2014
    In today's world of high-frequency, short-term trading, many funds have sprung up that take positions based purely on ...
  65. Why This Small-Cap Energy Stock Could Double... Again

    March 7, 2014
    Successful short-term trading is a learnable skill. It takes a combination of a keen eye to identify changing fundamentals ...
  66. These Clean Energy Stocks Are Surging -- Should You Buy Them?

    February 14, 2014
    For a brief moment in 2006, the hallways at Ballard Power (Nasdaq: BLDP) were filled with good cheer.President George W. ...
  67. These Companies Know The Future Before It Happens

    February 13, 2014
    Wouldn't it be great to have a crystal ball to see into the future?You could know when the next market crash will be, ...
  68. Some Cracks in the Q4 Armor? - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 16, 2014
    The earnings backdrop for today's trading action is a little less reassuring than was the case the last few trading sessions.
  69. 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. ...
  70. With a new year approaching, things may be turning around for Asia’s dominant economic force.

    Load Up On Chinese Stocks For 2014

    December 16, 2013
    China hasn’t exactly lived up to its promise over the past few years. However, recent economic data is pointing in the right ...
  71. Production in the Marcellus Shale continues to rise, leading to plenty of profits for the firms that operate within its borders.

    The Marcellus Keeps On Paying Dividends

    November 12, 2013
    For investors, the Marcellus Shale continues to pay benefits. The region’s production continues to rise, leading to plenty ...
  72. Energy Equity ETFs: 4 Things To Consider

    October 31, 2013
    Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified ...
  73. Fidelity Rolls Out 10 Sector ETFs (FDIS, FSTA, FENY)

    October 25, 2013
    Wall Street was in for a mixed bag of earnings this week, with several bellwethers reporting third quarter results. 3M (MMM) ...
  74. DC Worries & the Q3 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends

    October 9, 2013
    DC Worries & the Q3 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends
  75. Insurance Industry Stock Outlook - Sept 2013 - Industry Outlook

    September 17, 2013
    Insurance Industry Stock Outlook - Sept 2013 - Industry Outlook
  76. BB&T In Good Shape With Credit, But Growth Is Iffy

    July 18, 2013
    Higher expenses mitigate the benefits of significantly better credit.
  77. Bank Of America Brings The Growth

    July 17, 2013
    Effective expensive reduction and lower credit costs continue to drive the story at Bank of America.
  78. Absent Higher Rates, Comerica Has Probably Gone Far Enough

    July 16, 2013
    Comerica's sluggish growth isn't unusual, but the value argument seems harder to make today.
  79. Citigroup Continues The Theme Of Decent Big Bank Earnings

    July 15, 2013
    Citi continues to fix its legacy problems, but core growth remains weak.
  80. Wells Fargo Managing The Slowdown Quite Well

    July 12, 2013
    This is a slow-growth environment for big banks, but Wells Fargo is mangaging the slowdown well.
  81. JPMorgan Seeing Strong Credit, But Iffy Growth Momentum

    July 12, 2013
    JPMorgan continues to hit its marks on credit, though loan growth and NIM were both weak.
  82. JPMorgan Continues Strong Earnings Run - Analyst Blog

    July 12, 2013
    The results primarily benefited from improved net revenue and significantly lower provision for credit losses.
  83. Bank Earnings in Focus - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 12, 2013
    The earnings reports from JPM and WFC provide a solid start to bank earnings, which was
  84. Earnings Preview: Will JPMorgan Beat Again? - Analyst Blog

    July 11, 2013
    Cost containment is expected to be the primary driving factor this quarter.
  85. 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 ...
  86. Wolverine Surpassing Its Marks, But Not Cheap

    July 9, 2013
    Wolverine continues to execute well, but the value looks stretched, particular with the Performance group underperforming
  87. Watsco Amends Credit Facility - Analyst Blog

    July 8, 2013
    Watsco has amended existing credit facility worth $500 million.
  88. Freeport's Grasberg Mine Operates at Full Capacity - Analyst ...

    July 8, 2013
    According to Reuters, Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc.'s PT Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI) Grasberg operations in Papua, ...
  89. Fed to Reclaim Spotlight - Earnings Preview

    June 28, 2013
    Fed to Reclaim Spotlight - Earnings Preview
  90. Balanced View on First Horizon - Analyst Blog

    June 25, 2013
    On Jun 24, 2013, we reiterated our Neutral recommendation on First Horizon primarily based on its improved credit quality ...
  91. OPTT to Employ PDS for Seabed Survey - Analyst Blog

    June 25, 2013
    Ocean Power engages Victoria-based Professional Diving Services to carry out seabed surveys for its proposed wave energy ...
  92. Down In The Vale

    June 25, 2013
    Vale has gotten hammered on lower iron ore pricing, but the company's cost structure is the best in the world
  93. Teck Profitable, Liquid, And Maybe Too Cheap

    June 25, 2013
    These are tough times for Teck, but even in hard times the company is profitable and liquid
  94. Darden's California Fight A Huge Mistake

    June 24, 2013
    Darden CEO Clarence Otis is fighting California's passage of Assembly Bill 880, which prevents large companies from cutting ...
  95. Rating Action on Mercury General - Analyst Blog

    June 21, 2013
    Fitch Ratings affirmed the issuer default rating of Mercury General Corporation at "A".
  96. Helix to Refinance Debt - Analyst Blog

    June 20, 2013
    Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. has entered into a new credit agreement.
  97. FNB to Acquire BCSB Bancorp - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    FNB is moving forward with its strategy to grow through acquisitions. The company announced a deal to acquire BCSB Bancorp ...
  98. With Freeport McMoRan, It's Time To Get Over It And Move On

    June 14, 2013
    With the oil and gas deals done, Freeport McMoRan looks undervalued even on conservative copper assumptions
  99. Challenging Conditions And Conservatism Keeping U.S. Bancorp ...

    June 13, 2013
    The banking market hasn't gotten much better so far this summer, but U.S. Bancorp is still attractively priced for the long ...
  100. 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.
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