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  1. Follow Up Buffett's Bet On Big Oil With This Pairs Trade

    November 21, 2013
    Pairs trading, once mainly a strategy for institutions, became possible for individuals with the advent of the Internet, ...
  2. Business Services Stock Outlook - Nov 2013 - Industry Outlook

    November 21, 2013
    Business Services Stock Outlook - Nov 2013 - Industry Outlook
  3. Consumer staples could still be a value based on historical data. Investors may not want to abandon the producers of toilet paper, cereals and cigarettes just yet.

    Now Is The Time To Buy Consumer Staples Stocks

    November 20, 2013
    As the markets have swooned, so have many boring sectors. That includes consumer staples stocks. Still, the sector could ...
  4. Despite the healthcare sectors recent torrid run, there’s still plenty to like about stocks in the industry.

    A Strong Prognosis For Healthcare Stocks

    November 19, 2013
    Despite the healthcare sectors recent torrid run, there’s still plenty to like about stocks in the industry. Aside from tailwinds ...
  5. 3 Stocks To Sell Before The Next Meltdown

    November 19, 2013
    The major indices keep hitting new all-time highs, and as a trader, that makes life pretty easy. Basically, you have a bullish ...
  6. #PreMarket Primer: Friday, November 15: Markets Higher Due To ...

    November 15, 2013
    Markets across the world improved after Janet Yellen was approved as the new Federal Reserve Chairwoman on Thursday. Yellen’s ...
  7. Profit From ID Theft -- Legally -- With This Stock

    November 14, 2013
    In the world of identity theft, it doesn't pay to assume "it won't happen to me."In fact, with an average of a new victim ...
  8. Gilead Sciences Leads In Rising Short Interest Among Biotechs

    November 12, 2013
    Among leading biotech and emerging pharmaceutical companies, the number of shares sold short in Alexion Pharmaceuticals ...
  9. Global X Debuts Emerging & Frontier ETF (EMFM); ASHR and DXKW ...

    November 8, 2013
    Wall Street was in for several up and down sessions this week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting another record ...
  10. Twitter Mania Dominates All Else - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 7, 2013
    The excitement surrounding the Twitter IPO is dominating everything else, including the ECB and GDP announcements.
  11. 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 ...
  12. Market Wrap: New Highs for Airlines, Boeing Boost Stocks

    November 4, 2013
    Stocks moved modestly higher on Monday for a second day in a row. The gains came despite a steep losses suffered by shares ...
  13. LinkedIn shares tumbled 9.5% over the past two days after the Mountain View, California based company warned investors that its growth will be slightly less explosive than Wall Street had expected.

    LinkedIn Guidance Spooks Investors

    November 1, 2013
    Some analysts say LinkedIn's disappointing earnings prove it has run afoul of "The Law of Large Numbers." Many of those same ...
  14. Bear of the Day: QlikTech (QLIK) - Bear of the Day

    November 1, 2013
    Bear of the Day: QlikTech (QLIK) - Bear of the Day
  15. Invest Like The Super-Rich With This 7.2% Yielder

    October 31, 2013
    Ever wonder how the super-rich manage their investments and retire on that private island with afternoon mojitos? A big part ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. Do You Own The 2 Top Stocks Held By 2013's Top Hedge Fund?

    October 30, 2013
    Allow me to let you in on a closely guarded secret among professional money managers. While they all talk a big game and ...
  18. 5 ETF Underdogs Beating The Market

    October 30, 2013
    Though the ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY‘s debut in 1993, there are still only a small percentage ...
  19. Burger King Worldwide yesterday reported it earned an adjusted profit of 23 cents per share two cents higher than analysts expected.

    Burger King’s Stock Looks Tasty

    October 29, 2013
    Burger King Worldwide yesterday reported it earned an adjusted profit of 23 cents per share two cents higher than analysts ...
  20. Short Sellers Pile On Applied Materials and STMicroelectronics ...

    October 26, 2013
    Among the leading semiconductor stocks, Applied Materials (NASDAQ: STM) saw the most significant rises in short interest ...
  21. Capitalize On This Small Stock's Insider Moves For 40% Upside

    October 25, 2013
    I couldn't believe my good fortune. It was my first day investing with real money at a proprietary trading firm. I had just ...
  22. Short Interest In Facebook Falls, In Groupon Rises (FB, GRPN, ...

    October 25, 2013
    Among the social media companies based in the United States, Facebook (NASDAQ: ZNGA) saw significant swings in short interest ...
  23. 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) ...
  24. For those investors looking at the long term, ignore the taper talk and focus on dividends.

    Dividend Stocks Still Matter

    October 24, 2013
    For those investors looking at the long term, ignore the taper talk and focus on dividends. The pay-outs from equities have ...
  25. After years of struggling, Europe may finally be turning a corner. We'll take a look at how you can profit from the turnaround.

    Believe It Or Not, European Stocks Are Heating Up

    October 24, 2013
    After years of struggling, Europe may finally be turning a corner. Critical pieces of economic data are all pointing towards ...
  26. Shares of Coach plunged about 8% yesterday after the largest maker of high-end handbags reported worse-than-expected quarterly results.

    Why Coach Isn’t Fashionable With Investors

    October 23, 2013
    Shares of Coach plunged about 8% yesterday after the largest maker of high-end handbags reported worse-than-expected quarterly ...
  27. Small caps may finally be getting expensive. We'll take a look at a couple ways to protect your portfolio from future declines.

    Are Small Caps Getting Too Expensive

    October 22, 2013
    Given their torrid run, small caps may finally be getting expensive. That could signal some down days in the months ahead. ...
  28. McDonald's recent earnings trailed analyst expectations.

    McDonald's Wings Not So Mighty As Sales Suffer

    October 21, 2013
    Shares of McDonalds, fell 61 cents to $94.59 on Monday after it reported sales for the quarter ended September 30 of $7.23 ...
  29. China’s burgeoning tech sector could lead to outsized gains in the years ahead. And there’s plenty of ways to profit.

    A Dragon-Sized Play In Chinese Tech

    October 21, 2013
    For tech investors, China’s growth story is just getting started. The nation is quickly becoming a hot bed of internet and ...
  30. McDonald's Earnings Preview: Was The Menu Tinkering Worth It? ...

    October 19, 2013
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) is scheduled to report its third-quarter results Monday, October 21, before the markets open. ...
  31. Growth in the North American snack division is helping grow PepsiCo's earnings.

    The Secret To PepsiCo’s Success Isn’t Soda

    October 18, 2013
    PepsiCo. (NYSE:PEP) may be losing the Cola Wars to rival Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), but it’s winning the hearts and minds of investors ...
  32. This 'Secret' Small Cap Is 200% Undervalued

    October 18, 2013
    It's not just food scarcity causing riots. Last week, thousands of protestors in over 50 countries and 47 U.S. states took ...
  33. Grocery chains have been holding up remarkably well and it might be time to take a closer look at Safeway.

    It's Time To Check Out Supermarket Stocks

    October 16, 2013
    Grocery chains have been holding up remarkably well, much better that the companies that were supposedly going to eat their ...
  34. 3 Sectors ETF Investors Should Buy And Hold For The Mid-Cycle ...

    October 16, 2013
    The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient ...
  35. Mining (Gold) Update & Outlook - Oct 2013 - Industry Outlook

    October 15, 2013
    Mining (Gold) Update & Outlook - Oct 2013 - Industry Outlook
  36. Volatility in the markets has spiked over the past few weeks. Here are a few options that might help settle your portfolio's volatility.

    Is It Time For Low Volatility Funds?

    October 14, 2013
    The recent government shutdown, potential debt ceiling breach as well as dour global economic news has once again caused ...
  37. How To Invest In 2013′s Breakthrough Technologies

    October 14, 2013
    For Wall Street, the technology sector has been one of the most rewarding–yet frustrating–industries to invest ...
  38. How To Invest In 2013′s Breakthrough Technologies

    October 14, 2013
    For Wall Street, the technology sector has been one of the most rewarding–yet frustrating–industries to invest ...
  39. Barnes & Noble, J.C. Penney See Short Interest Rise (BKS, JCP, ...

    October 13, 2013
    The back-to-school shopping season was underwhelming, and economic confidence is plummeting ahead of the holiday shopping ...
  40. Short Sellers Retreat From Gold Stocks (EGO, HMY, IAG)

    October 12, 2013
    September ended with gold back under $1,300 an ounce, and short sellers fled from the leading gold stocks between the September ...
  41. Recent hot IPOs has many regular investors salivating at the chance to participate in start-ups and private equity.

    Private Equity For Retail Investors

    October 11, 2013
    Recent hot IPOs has many regular investors salivating at the chance to participate in start-ups and private equity. With ...
  42. Weakness in China sent the price of YUM shares lower.

    Is Now The Time To Buy Yum Brands?

    October 11, 2013
    Yum Brands’ efforts to turnaround its beleaguered China division, which has been hurt by concerns about the safety of its ...
  43. Short Sellers Pile On Facebook and Google (FB, GOOG, ZNGA)

    October 10, 2013
    Among the social media companies based in the United States, Facebook (NASDAQ: ZNGA) saw significant upswings in short interest ...
  44. Twitter's IPO seems assured of being a success. We'll take a look at a few reasons why investors should proceed with cautious.

    Twitter's Got A Revenue Conundrum

    October 7, 2013
    Twitter's IPO seems assured of being a success. Less convincing is its revenue growth. Advertisers aren't sold on its advertising ...
  45. Australia is often overlooked by investors, but now could be the time to invest.

    Make A Play For The Land Down Under

    October 7, 2013
    Australia is often overlooked by investors. However, the nation’s commodity sector is the envy of the world. That key contributor ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. Activist investors are feeling that Microsoft is increasingly irrelevant in the modern world, which is why it's imperative for the board to bring in new leadership.

    Activist Investors Set Their Sights On Bill Gates

    October 4, 2013
    Activist investors are setting their sites on Bill Gates and want him off of Microsoft's board. Many feel that he hold an ...
  48. McDonald's facing challenges to growth

    The Many Challenges To McDonald's Growth

    October 4, 2013
    Ever since Don Thompson became Chief Executive of McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) last year, he has had a rough go of it. Wall ...
  49. Solar energy is growing again and it could be time to invest.

    It's Finally Time To Bet On Solar

    September 30, 2013
    After experiencing some of the worst years in its history, the solar energy sector could be having one of its best. New installed ...
  50. Semiconductor Stock Outlook - Sep/Oct 2013 - Industry Outlook

    September 26, 2013
    Semiconductor Stock Outlook - Sep/Oct 2013 - Industry Outlook
  51. If consumers feel financial stress, they will find Wal-Mart’s low prices attractive.

    Why Wal-Mart’s Hiring Plans May Be Good News For Investors

    September 25, 2013
    Stung by complaints of bare shelves and poor customer service, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), is hiring 70,000 part-time ...
  52. The Fed Gives The OK To Load Up On Emerging Markets

    September 24, 2013
    Continued quantitative easing by the Fed suggests emerging markets may still be a buy. Here are some ETFs to consider.
  53. McDonald's And Other Restaurant Stocks To Sell Now (DRI, MCD, ...

    September 24, 2013
    New research from Oppenheimer suggests that many leisure stocks may be overpriced now. The analysts suggest that investors ...
  54. The Tweet Heard Around The (Social Media) World

    September 19, 2013
    Twitter announced it had filed its S-1 registration statement with the SEC, an indication it's ready to go public. What's ...
  55. How To Benefit When CEOs Step Down

    September 17, 2013
    We’ve picked five examples of recent (last five years) CEO retirements that caused an unusually large move - up or down - ...
  56. Market Wrap For Monday, September 16: Investors Seem Oblivious ...

    September 16, 2013
    Despite monstrous looming economic hurdles, equity markets pushed higher. Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve is expected ...
  57. Alexion, Pharmacyclics Buck Trend in Biotech Short Interest (ALXN, ...

    September 14, 2013
    Declining short interest in Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PCYC) bucked the trend among leading biotech and emerging pharmaceutical ...
  58. Wild Short Interest Swings In Barnes & Noble and Rite Aid (BKS, ...

    September 12, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the latter weeks of August. However, ...
  59. The Time For Retail Real Estate Is Now

    September 11, 2013
    Driven by cost-cutting consumers and high unemployment, firms operating the shopping and strip mall space have been left ...
  60. 14 Companies That Have Raised Their Dividends For 50 Years Or ...

    September 10, 2013
    Imagine if you had bought these stocks 20 years ago.If you had, then right now you'd be earning dividend yields of... ...
  61. MedTech Industry Stock Update - Sept 2013 - Industry Outlook

    September 10, 2013
    MedTech Industry Stock Update - Sept 2013 - Industry Outlook
  62. Will Google Glass Be Dethroned Ahead Of Its Release? (GOOG)

    September 5, 2013
    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) gained some attention this week after reports claimed that the company will launch a separate app store ...
  63. Arch Capital Is Excellent, But No Bargain

    September 4, 2013
    Strong reserves and excellent underwriting have Arch Capital basically at fair value.
  64. Coca-Cola FEMSA Adds More Volume In Brazil

    September 4, 2013
    Coca-Cola FEMSA continues to build its lucrative Latin American bottling footprint.
  65. Nokia Sells Its Handset Business To Microsoft And Remakes Its ...

    September 4, 2013
    Nokia metamorphisizes again with the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.
  66. An Interesting Year For Tech ETFs

    September 4, 2013
    On the surface, it would appear to be a disappointing year for technology sector ETFs. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ...
  67. Bear of the Day: Autodesk (ADSK) - Bear of the Day

    September 4, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Autodesk (ADSK) - Bear of the Day
  68. Apache Makes Another Move To Reduce Business Risk

    August 30, 2013
    Apache gets a reasonable price for a troublesome asset.
  69. Campbell Soup Doesn't Seem To Be Prioritizing The Right Things

    August 29, 2013
    Campbell Soup continues to make iffy strategic moves and the stock is no bargain
  70. Vertex Building A Fortress In Cystic Fibrosis

    August 28, 2013
    Vertex is in the early days of what could be a $10B franchise in cystic fibrosis treatment.
  71. Winter Still Coming For Joy Global

    August 28, 2013
    Joy Global seems undervalued on a long-term basis, but the near term is still looking pretty scary
  72. Short Sellers Increase Stakes in Toll Bros., M/I Homes (MHO, ...

    August 28, 2013
    The short interest moves in residential construction stocks were mixed again during the early weeks of August, as concerns ...
  73. First Trust International Multi-Asset Income ETF (YDIV) Hits ...

    August 28, 2013
    Stocks are off to a shaky start this week as uncertainty over the looming Fed taper continues to take its toll on investors’ ...
  74. Tiffany Continues To Execute At A Higher Level

    August 27, 2013
    Tiffany delivers stronger margins while comps still see some pressure.
  75. Akorn Scores A Rare Win-Win Acquisition

    August 27, 2013
    Akorn builds value by buying Hi-Tech
  76. AstraZeneca Goes Back To The M&A Well Yet Again

    August 26, 2013
    AstraZeneca's acquisition of Amplimmune could pay big dividends in a decade.
  77. Aruba Networks Digs In For The Long War

    August 23, 2013
    Aruba is going to have to surrender margin to boost growth in the face of competition from Cisco.
  78. Autodesk A Little Undervalued, But Uncertainty Is Rising

    August 23, 2013
    Autodesk's base business is still weak, but greater emphasis on SaaS pleases investors
  79. Can E.On Maintain Its Fat Dividend Through A Difficult Restructuring? ...

    August 23, 2013
    Economics and politics are forcing a difficult transformation at E.On.
  80. This Legendary Retailer Might Be The Worst Investment You Can ...

    August 23, 2013
    The business of retailing is quite simple. You have a large base of fixed costs tied up in real estate, inventory and personnel, ...
  81. Easy To Like Everything About Kubota Except The Price

    August 22, 2013
    Kubota's growth prospects are alluring, but the valuation is unsettling.
  82. Waiting For Hormel To Get Cheaper Isn't Getting Any Easier

    August 22, 2013
    Even with margin underperformance, the Street is staying in Hormel's corner
  83. Hain Celestial's Valuation Already Incorporates Strong Expectations

    August 22, 2013
    Hain Celestial has strong top-line growth, but margins continue to lag more traditional food rivals
  84. Abercrombie & Fitch The Latest To Get Trampled

    August 22, 2013
    Abercrombie & Fitch's recovery crumbles under the weight of weak traffic and heavy promotions at rivals.
  85. History Suggests Street Will Get Over “Disappointing” Smucker ...

    August 21, 2013
    Smucker isn't cheap, but worries about K-Cup growth seem a little overdone.
  86. Urban Outfitters Steps Up Its Game

    August 21, 2013
    tail's been an iffy proposition when it comes to second quarter earnings reports. One company doing well in this cautious ...
  87. Home Depot Moves From Good To Great

    August 20, 2013
    Home Depot continues to see a strong tailwind of improving renovation/remodeling demand
  88. Arcos Dorados Still Several Fries Short Of A Happy Meal

    August 20, 2013
    Inflation has made the operating environment quite challenging for McDonald's Latin American operator.
  89. Eurozone GDP Turns Positive: Time To Buy?

    August 20, 2013
    Over the past few years, the world economy has undeniably struggled against significant headwinds after the unprecedented ...
  90. Nordstrom Shows That Even The Best Can Struggle A Bit

    August 19, 2013
    Are disappointing comps at Nordstrom the start of a downturn, or just a bump on the road?
  91. Applied Materials Still Waiting For Orders To Materialize

    August 19, 2013
    Applied Materials seems to be well-positioned for the next big cycle in equipment demand, but the timing is still highly ...
  92. How A Group Of 13-Year-Olds Beat The Brightest Minds On Wall ...

    August 19, 2013
    In 1990, in a suburb outside of Boston, something unusual happened...As part of their schoolwork, seventh graders at the ...
  93. What an Apple/China Mobile Deal Would Mean for ETFs

    August 19, 2013
    Apple has long been one of the most talked about securities on the market, as its meteoric rise took the investing world ...
  94. Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold

    August 15, 2013
    Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), is currently worth about $44 billion, according to Forbes' ...
  95. Pricing Still A Long-Term Risk, But Illumina Continues To Build ...

    August 15, 2013
    Pricing Still A Long-Term Risk, But Illumina Continues To Build A Sequencing Fortress Between the disruptions created by ...
  96. Market Wrap for Wednesday, August 14: U.S. Stocks Fall Mid-Week; ...

    August 14, 2013
    The U.S. stock market fell for most of Wednesday's trading session, finishing near its worst levels of the day. The ...
  97. With Scale, Flowers Foods Has Built A New Future For Itself

    August 14, 2013
    Flowers is building a strong business, though the shares have run a great distance already
  98. Weaker Organic Growth Creating An Opportunity In Nestle

    August 12, 2013
    Slightly underwhelming organic growth has created an opportunity in Nestle shares for long-term investors
  99. Can Mondelez Live Up To The Sell-Side Hype?

    August 9, 2013
    Investors already expect quite a bit from Mondelez, and the company may have a hard time living up to it.
  100. Global X Launches Cheapest MLP ETF Yet (MLPX)

    August 8, 2013
    The bears are back on Wall Street as recent commentary from several Fed officials has served to remind investors that policymakers ...
  101. Weight Watchers Goes On A Diet--Time To Buy?

    August 7, 2013
    Weight Watchers stock hit a 52-week low August 2 on dismal second-quarter results. The weight-loss company faces increased ...
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