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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. Oil & Gas Stocks May 'Feel the Heat' - Industry Outlook

    April 29, 2014
    Oil & Gas Stocks May 'Feel the Heat' - Industry Outlook
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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. ...
  6. 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%. ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. A Big Week for Economic & Earnings Data - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 28, 2014
    The week is packed with economic and Q1 earnings reports.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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
  12. Bull of the Day: Facebook (FB) - Bull of the Day

    April 28, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Facebook (FB) - Bull of the Day
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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.
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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, ...
  22. Bear of the Day: Guess (GES) - Bear of the Day

    April 25, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Guess (GES) - Bear of the Day
  23. 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
  24. Railroad Stocks Navigate a Choppy Track - Industry Outlook

    April 25, 2014
    Railroad Stocks Navigate a Choppy Track - Industry Outlook
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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, ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. Bear of the Day: Groupon (GRPN) - Bear of the Day

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

    April 24, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Dangdang (DANG) - Bull of the Day
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. An Improving, But Still Weak Earnings Picture - Earnings Trends

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

    April 22, 2014
    Homebuilding Stocks: Has Spring Sprung? - Industry Outlook
  41. 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 ...
  42. Advertisers are now spending more on online ads than ever before. For investors, that means the time could be right to bet on the digital advertising players.

    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 ...
  43. 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). ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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.
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day

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

    April 22, 2014
    Bear of the Day: RadioShack (RSH) - Bear of the Day
  51. New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson is probably most famous as the parent company of multiple household products that double as household names.

    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 ...
  52. 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, ...
  53. 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.
  54. 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 ...
  55. 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
  56. 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, ...
  57. As we continue to unearth a record amount of shale gas, exporting that bounty is quickly taking shape.

    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 ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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 ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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. ...
  66. 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. ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. Bull of the Day: Rambus (RMBS) - Bull of the Day

    April 17, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Rambus (RMBS) - Bull of the Day
  70. Wal-Mart was founded by a 44-year-old merchant who looked at the business model shared by the foremost retailers of the day – Woolworth, Sears – and found inefficiencies to exploit.

    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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. The consumer is back. With March retail sales hitting multiyear highs, spending is back in style

    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.
  73. For investors the recent market sell-off has created some interesting opportunities. One of the biggest could be those funds that focus on international dividend stocks.

    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 ...
  74. J.P. Morgan is also among the leading credit card companies in the country, it is the largest Visa issuer in the country and one of the largest merchant acquirers as well.

    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 ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. 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 ...
  77. The Earnings Parade Accelerates - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 16, 2014
    More than positive earnings surprises, we need some improvement on the guidance front.
  78. 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 ...
  79. Aerospace & Defense Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook

    April 15, 2014
    Aerospace & Defense Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook
  80. 3 Heavily Shorted Stocks That Could Plunge

    April 15, 2014
    As the market surged ever higher over the past five years, short sellers were knocked off their game. #-ad_banner-#Every ...
  81. Are Your Stocks Heading For A Plunge? This One Number Could Tell ...

    April 15, 2014
    As the market surged ever higher over the past five years, short sellers were knocked off their game. #-ad_banner-#Every ...
  82. 3 Time-Tested Ways To Beat The Market Every Year

    April 15, 2014
    I probably don't have to tell you this, but the odds are stacked against you when it comes to "beating the market." By nearly ...
  83. Earnings Outlook is the Key Factor - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 15, 2014
    My sense is that it will be very hard for the stock market to get its mojo back unless the earnings outlook improves.
  84. 5 Main Drawbacks of ETFs

    April 15, 2014
    ETFs have exploded in popularity, but Ed Devcic details five disadvantages that investors and traders must be aware of in ...
  85. Bull of the Day: Lazard (LAZ) - Bull of the Day

    April 15, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Lazard (LAZ) - Bull of the Day
  86. Year after year ExxonMobil has shown itself a reliable generator of extraordinary profits, making it the most solid of the integrated oil companies.

    ExxonMobil's Massive And Reliable Money Machine

    April 14, 2014
    Year after year ExxonMobil has shown itself a reliable generator of extraordinary profits, making it the most solid of the ...
  87. Markets Falling? Get Your Defense Ready

    April 14, 2014
    The stock market is getting whacked. The question now for many investors is, what to do about it. The first thing to do ...
  88. Intel Earnings Preview: A First Look At Semiconductors

    April 14, 2014
    Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), which has set its sights on wearable technology, gaming and the Internet of Things in its effort to ...
  89. Q1 Earnings in Focus - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 14, 2014
    A lot is riding on the Q1 earnings season which ramps up this week, with more than 50 S&P 500 companies reporting results. ...
  90. Hedge Funds Love These 3 Pharma Stocks

    April 14, 2014
    In 2012, the star performer among sectors was the financial sector. In 2013, it was consumer discretionary stocks. For 2 ...
  91. Get 15% Upside With This Europe-Focused Investment

    April 14, 2014
    You can't keep the Old World down. That's the conclusion I've come to after seeing the big surge over the past two months ...
  92. Bull of the Day: BitAuto Holdings (BITA) - Bull of the Day

    April 13, 2014
    Bull of the Day: BitAuto Holdings (BITA) - Bull of the Day
  93. Investors Are Making This Classic Mistake Again

    April 11, 2014
    When the financial news website MarketWatch.com went public in January 1999, it registered one of the largest one-day gains ...
  94. How To 'Putin-Proof' Your Portfolio

    April 11, 2014
    In one classic "Seinfeld" episode, Kramer and Newman are embroiled in an epic game of Risk -- in which they actually carry ...
  95.  Intel's efforts to engineer a second act have consumed considerable shareholder capital but have yet to show a lot for themselves.

    Intel Working Through A Difficult Transition

    April 11, 2014
    Chip giant Intel continues to work through a challenge that most leading tech companies fac in their corporate lives – what ...
  96. Tech Is Getting Hammered -- But This Stock Is Red-Hot

    April 11, 2014
    The tech sector has been under fire of late. The large-cap Nasdaq 100 is down 5% over the past month, but it's the smaller ...
  97. As the market has swooned, so has stocks' valuations.

    The Time To Focus On Value ETFs Is Now

    April 10, 2014
    As the market has swooned, so has stocks' valuations. That’s making many investors nervous. The key to navigating this environment ...
  98. While natural gas production continues to break production records, so does renewable energy source wind.

    Wind Energy Blows Through Records

    April 10, 2014
    While natural gas production continues to break production records, so does renewable energy source wind. Across the U.S., ...
  99. Ted Turner's CNN wouldn't be created today

    Message To Ted: CNN Isn't A Winner With Time Warner Today

    April 10, 2014
    CNN's recent history is chock-full of missed opportunities; It's doubtful that Time Warner would launch CNN today.
  100. Get A 9.6% Yield With The Best MLP You've Never Heard Of

    April 10, 2014
    Bond investors have a good thing going for them. They finance part of a company's operations in exchange for a return of ...
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