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  1. Francesca's Slips to Strong Sell on Poor Q3 & FY Outlook Cut ...

    December 18, 2014
    Zacks Investment Research downgraded Francesca's Holdings Corp. (FRAN) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) on Dec 16 after the ...
  2. 5 Real Estate Mutual Funds for Steady Returns - Mutual Fund ...

    December 18, 2014
    Real Estate mutual funds offer a convenient method to invest in real estate because of low initial investment requirements ...
  3. Honeywell Tweaks Q4 & 2014 Guidance, Offers 2015 Outlook - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Honeywell International Inc. (HON) recently made some minor adjustments to its guidance for fourth-quarter and full-year ...
  4. With an Eye Toward Early 2015 - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 9, 2014
    Given the market's unbroken positive run from the early-October lows, we should probably not read too much into this slide. ...
  5. U.S. Banks with Growth Potential - Industry Outlook

    December 2, 2014
    U.S. Banks with Growth Potential - Industry Outlook
  6. Strong Holiday Season Likely for Retailers? - Industry Outlook

    November 11, 2014
    Strong Holiday Season Likely for Retailers? - Industry Outlook
  7. REITs Build Hopes on Low Interest Rate Environment - Industry ...

    October 15, 2014
    REITs Build Hopes on Low Interest Rate Environment - Industry Outlook
  8. U.S. Restaurants Slog Through a Weak Industry - Industry Outlook

    September 19, 2014
    U.S. Restaurants Slog Through a Weak Industry - Industry Outlook
  9. Bear of the Day: Fred's (FRED) - Bear of the Day

    September 16, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Fred's (FRED) - Bear of the Day
  10. 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, ...
  11. 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
  12. Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook

    July 15, 2014
    Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook
  13. Bear of the Day: Francesca's (FRAN) - Bear of the Day

    July 8, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Francesca's (FRAN) - Bear of the Day
  14. Foreign Banks Face Tough Road to Recovery - Industry Outlook

    June 16, 2014
    Foreign Banks Face Tough Road to Recovery - Industry Outlook
  15. Costs Taking a Bite Out of Restaurant Stocks - Industry Outlook

    May 21, 2014
    Costs Taking a Bite Out of Restaurant Stocks - Industry Outlook
  16. Insurance Stocks Running Out of Steam - Industry Outlook

    May 8, 2014
    Insurance Stocks Running Out of Steam - Industry Outlook
  17. Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 25, 2014
    Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  18. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  19. REIT Industry Review & Stock Picks - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 25, 2014
    REIT Industry Review & Stock Picks - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook
  20. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 28, 2014
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook
  21. Insurance Industry Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 14, 2014
    Insurance Industry Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook
  22. Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - Dec 2013 - Industry Outlook

    December 3, 2013
    Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - Dec 2013 - Industry Outlook
  23. Business Services Stock Outlook - Nov 2013 - Industry Outlook

    November 21, 2013
    Business Services Stock Outlook - Nov 2013 - Industry Outlook
  24. Attention, Growth Investors: 4 High-Upside Small-Caps

    November 7, 2013
    There are two major concerns facing investors right now. First, the global economy is not yet showing signs of a long-awaited ...
  25. The Rebound In This Shipping Sector Is Real

    October 21, 2013
    In early September, stocks in the long-beleaguered maritime shipping industry started to do something few observers expected ...
  26. 5 New ETFs Hit The Streets: RIGS, NFRA, CHNA, NOBL, ULST

    October 11, 2013
    Wall Street was in for some volatile sessions this week as the U.S. government shutdown weighed heavily on U.S. equities. ...
  27. Spending on luxury goods continues to surge

    For Consumer Discretionary Investors, Luxury Is Where It’s At ...

    October 4, 2013
    For the rich and growing middle classes of the world, spending on luxury goods continues to surge. That can provide a nice ...
  28. The Commercial Mortgage Story Gets Better For Investors

    August 27, 2013
    Things are looking up for loans tied to commercial real estate mortgages. Delinquencies continue to drop, while refinancing ...
  29. Find A Home In The Frontier

    July 12, 2013
    For investors with a long term- possibly decades- timelines, adding a dose of frontier markets make sense. These emerging ...
  30. Cemex Looking For U.S. Prices To Get Firmer

    July 9, 2013
    Cemex could have room to run as housing and construction picks up in the U.S.
  31. Zacks #1 Ranked Government Bond Mutual Funds - Best of Funds

    July 9, 2013
    In this article we share with you 5 top rated government bond mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) ...
  32. 5 Best Performing Real Estate Mutual Funds Year to Date - Best ...

    July 3, 2013
    In this article the Zacks Equity Research team shares with you the 5 best performing real estate mutual funds year to date. ...
  33. 5 Highest Yielding Zacks #1 Ranked Government Bond Mutual Funds ...

    June 27, 2013
    In this article we share with you the 5 highest yielding Zacks #1 ranked government bond mutual funds. Each has earned a ...
  34. US Launch of Forest's Namenda XR - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    Namenda XR is a once-daily extended-release version of the company's immediate release formulation of Namenda.
  35. AstraZeneca Pays Up To Patch Up Another Key Area

    June 10, 2013
    In buying Pearl, AstraZeneca is taking some of the risk out of its valuable COPD franchise.
  36. Mattress Firm Delivers Strong Q1--Time To Sleep On It?

    June 6, 2013
    Mattress Firm's first quarter was a strong one with adjusted earnings per share up 23% to $0.38 with 32% revenue growth to ...
  37. Growing Pains For Francesca's Holdings

    June 6, 2013
    Francesca's misses on growth and margins, but could still be a successful growth stock
  38. Valeant Eyes Bausch & Lomb

    May 28, 2013
    Canadian pharmaceutical company Valeant has made a name for itself through acquisitions. On May 27 it announced that it was ...
  39. Comerica Looks Like A Slow-Coiling Spring

    April 16, 2013
    With interest rates so low, loan demand pretty sluggish, and regulations chewing into once-lucrative sources of income, most ...
  40. Fitch Reviews Regional Banks - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    Recently, Fitch Ratings concluded the peer review of 16 mid-tier regional banks. The group includes banks with total assets ...
  41. Insurance Stock Overview - Jan 2013 - Industry Outlook

    January 22, 2013
    The U.S. insurance industry entered 2013 facing the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in billions of insured losses. ...
  42. Ultimate Guide To FM

    January 22, 2013
    Emerging markets have long been popular investment destinations, as these countries generally offer considerably greater ...
  43. First Republic Looks To Be A Very Different Kind Of Bank

    January 11, 2013
    Can First Republic deliver better returns with a focused model?
  44. Straddling Earnings Season - Know Your Options

    January 10, 2013
    With earnings season having just gotten started, here's an options strategy that's perfect for a company about to report. ...
  45. Alcoa Has Improved, But It's Still In The Aluminum Business

    January 9, 2013
    Although undervalued, Alcoa is still an aluminum company.
  46. Pipeline Progress at Synergy Pharma - Analyst Blog

    December 31, 2012
    Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) recently initiated a phase IIb study with plecanatide for the treatment of patients suffering ...
  47. Western Digital and Other Nasdaq Stocks Making Big Moves on December ...

    December 5, 2012
    After this morning's trading, the Nasdaq has declined 1%, the S&P 500 is down 0.1% and the Dow has risen 0.2%. The Nasdaq ...
  48. Fred Posts Weak Comp Sales in Nov - Analyst Blog

    November 30, 2012
    Recently, Fred's Inc.'s (FRED) reported total sales and comparable sales for November 2012. Both total sales and comparable ...
  49. MEMC Unit Gets Solar Project Funds - Analyst Blog

    November 30, 2012
    Semiconductor and solar technology provider MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR) recently announced that its subsidiary SunEdison ...
  50. Pfizer's Lyrica Scores in Study - Analyst Blog

    November 21, 2012
    Pfizer Inc. (PFE) recently announced positive top-line data on its once-daily formulation of Lyrica (pregabalin). Results ...
  51. 3 Energy ETFs for America's Production Boom - ETF News And Commentary

    November 13, 2012
    Thanks to more fuel efficient cars, a sluggish economy, and increased technological innovation, the U.S. is poised to become ...
  52. Endo Health Solutions Needs Some Solutions Of Its Own

    November 7, 2012
    Can Endo reestablish itself as a quality healthcare name?
  53. Does A Shake-Up At Seadrill Really Change Anything?

    October 3, 2012
    Seadrill's changes sound bigger than they likely are. The nature of Seadrill's management structure should mitigate some ...
  54. Everything You Need To Know About Frontier ETFs

    September 26, 2012
    With the ETF industry expanding at its rapid pace, issuers have gradually began venturing into more unconventional markets ...
  55. iShares Debuts Frontier Markets ETF (FM)

    September 17, 2012
    iShares added to its lineup of more than 200 exchange-traded products last week with the launch of its first fund targeting ...
  56. iShares Launches Frontier Markets ETF (FM) - ETF News And Commentary

    September 14, 2012
    iShares, the San Francisco-based ETF giant, is looking to expand its lead in the foreign fund space with the launch of its ...
  57. Nasdaq Stocks, Including Lululemon Athletica, Making Big Moves ...

    September 7, 2012
    The Nasdaq has fallen 0.2%, the S&P 500 has increased 0.3% and the Dow has moved little this morning. The recent surge ...
  58. Las Vegas Sands and More Big Movers in Services on August 20, ...

    August 20, 2012
    On a bad day for the market, the Nasdaq has decreased 0.2%, the S&P 500 is down 0.3% and the Dow has declined 0.2%. The ...
  59. Natural Gas ETFs: Futures vs. Equities - ETF News And Commentary

    August 13, 2012
    The weak macro economic situation across the globe has had significant impact on investors worldwide. Over the past six months, ...
  60. WellPoint Among Financial's Biggest Movers

    August 13, 2012
    This morning's trading has marked a bad day for the market so far. The Nasdaq has declined 0.3%; the S&P 500 has fallen ...
  61. Bank Of The Ozarks Hitting Accelerator In A Low-Growth Environment

    July 17, 2012
    Although a great bank growth story, Bank of the Ozarks is no bargain. Even with the assumption of high-teens return on equity ...
  62. Big Movers on the Services Sector Today

    July 11, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq has slipped 0.2%; the S&P 500 is down 0.3%; and the Dow is trading ...
  63. Foreign Banks Stock Outlook - July 2012 - Industry Outlook

    July 10, 2012
    Foreign banks have been adopting reconstruction-by-asset-sale as the means to reduce leverage and stay afloat. However, the ...
  64. SunEdison Sells Solar Plant - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    The semiconductor and solar technology provider MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR) recently announced that its subsidiary ...
  65. This Week's Activist Filings

    June 28, 2012
    With tens of thousands of publicly traded stocks, looking over 13D filing is an excellent way of screening for investment ...
  66. ETFs For Playing The Surge In Unconventional Energy

    June 21, 2012
    Production from assets such as shale rock, oil sands and natural gas liquids plays is set to explode upwards over the next ...
  67. What's New At Loews?

    June 5, 2012
    A year ago, it looked like Loews, the New York-based holding company, would be trading above $60 by early 2012. That didn't ...
  68. Can MEMC Ever Find Full-Cycle Profitability?

    May 12, 2012
    MEMC is still struggling to get through troughs in both wafers and solar installations.
  69. AstraZeneca Searches For Answers

    May 3, 2012
    AstraZeneca has an opportunity to do something big when it brings in a new CEO.
  70. OnShoring And The Industrial REIT Win

    April 23, 2012
    With manufacturing returning to U.S. shores, the industrial real estate sector could finally be turning a corner. Betting ...
  71. Asia's Frontier Beckons

    April 18, 2012
    For investors, Asia offers more opportunities than just China and India. The continent's frontier markets could be some of ...
  72. Pipeline Plans Are A Big Win For The Oil Sands

    April 16, 2012
    The recent pipeline moves by Enbridge and its partners will undoubtedly benefit those producers in Canada’s oil sands region. ...
  73. Companies That Are Reporting Earnings Next Week With Bullish ...

    April 12, 2012
    When a stock sees fewer shares shorted over time, it indicates greater optimism from investors. We ran a screen with this ...
  74. Latin America Trading On Strong Regional Growth

    March 29, 2012
    If you're looking for Latin American exposure, read on.
  75. Ship Finance Has The Hatches Battened Down

    March 16, 2012
    Ship Finance will survive, but the risk/reward doesn't look so promising.
  76. The Toughest Big Value Funds Out There

    March 1, 2012
    If you're looking for safety as well as growth from your value funds, there are several criteria you need to keep in mind, ...
  77. 10 New Hyper-Specific ETFs

    February 28, 2012
    It was only a matter of time before exchange traded funds turned more and more into very specific tools to accomplish diversification ...
  78. A Closer Look At REITs

    February 28, 2012
    With industrial production and the economy grinding forward, many analysts believe the industrial real estate sector is ripe ...
  79. New Unconventional ETF

    February 24, 2012
    There's a new ETF focused on fracking for natural gas and oil, and offers investors, but it may not be the best way to play ...
  80. 6 Fundamental Fidelity Winners

    February 19, 2012
    Good funds can help investors play broad trends in the market while diversifying their risk, especially when they're actively ...
  81. Unconventional Oil And Gas ETF Debuts

    February 17, 2012
    The Market Vectors Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF offers unique oil and natural gas plays for investors.
  82. TAL International One Of The Few Positive Shipping Stories

    February 16, 2012
    Thanks to its container leasing business, TAL is succeeding despite the shipping industry being in terrible shape.
  83. Pfizer Shrugs Off the Loss Of Lipitor

    February 6, 2012
    Pfizer remains very profitable and has ample cushion to adjust its cost structure to maintain a respectable level of profit ...
  84. A Pending Problem With Commercial Real Estate

    January 30, 2012
    REIT investors could be in for a bumpy ride in 2012, when billions of dollars worth of commercial real estate loans come ...
  85. The Salix Story Keeps Improving

    January 18, 2012
    Salix is a great candidate for growth investors.
  86. Worst S&P 500 Stocks Of 2011

    January 5, 2012
    These five stocks severely underperformed the index, and ended up on the worst performing list for 2011.
  87. Team Inc. Making The Most Out Of Maintenance

    January 5, 2012
    Team Inc. is feasting on fatter maintenance budgets in the energy sector.
  88. Specialty REITs Show Outperformance

    December 29, 2011
    Real estate firms operating outside the norm are performing best. For investors, specialty REITs could be the key to real ...
  89. 2011 In Review - Pharmaceuticals

    December 29, 2011
    2011 was a surprisingly healthy year for drug stocks.
  90. Frontline Lives On, But At What Cost?

    December 7, 2011
    Frontline will survive, but looks crippled.
  91. Shipping A Big Mess

    November 30, 2011
    Right now shipping is a market only for the crazy-brave.
  92. Say Hello To Platinum Energy Solutions

    October 21, 2011
    Platinum Energy Solutions has filed for an initial public offering as it seeks to take advantage of strong demand for fracturing ...
  93. An Even Outlook On Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

    October 14, 2011
    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's sales grew in the double digits. The company is standing out from the competition for ...
  94. Industrial-Sized REITs

    October 10, 2011
    With industrial production and the economy grinding forward, many analysts believe the industrial real estate sector is ripe ...
  95. What Is Walgreen's Next Trick?

    September 30, 2011
    Walgreen is doing okay today, but tomorrow is a much bigger question.
  96. Accessing Africa's Untold Growth Story

    September 29, 2011
    Emerging markets represent the world's future economic growth engines. Africa represents a great way to play an ignored growth ...
  97. Endo And Forest – Dumpster-Diving In Pharma

    September 21, 2011
    Endo and Forest have problems; however, the valuations seem excessively low.
  98. Investing In Africa's Oil Bonanza

    July 29, 2011
    Africa is quickly moving to become the next oil and gas superstar nation.
  99. Should Investors Circle Back To Cubist?

    July 19, 2011
    Cubist is hitting its targets, but it needs a more exciting pipeline.
  100. GT Solar Shines Brightly

    July 12, 2011
    I'm a GARP guy. GT Solar's EV is less than 10 times EBITDA. Even though its stock's up 170% in the past 52 weeks, I'll look ...
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