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  1. Bond Yields Are Rising -- Do Your Stocks Measure Up?

    June 19, 2013
    Long live the bond market bull. It started running in 1980, when a series of interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve ...
  2. Fight This Summer's Volatility With Infrastructure

    June 19, 2013
    With the markets returning to their up and down patterns, investors are getting nervous. Luckily, infrastructure assets can ...
  3. Restoration Hardware: Has It Come Too Far Too Fast?

    June 18, 2013
    Restoration Hardware is the fifth best performing IPO over the last 12 months, up 185% since November 2, 2012. On June 14 ...
  4. Natural Gas Supplies Up by 95 Bcf - Analyst Blog

    June 18, 2013
    The U.S. Energy Department's weekly inventory release showed that natural gas stockpiles held in underground storage rose ...
  5. Alliant Inks Deal with Rolls-Royce - Analyst Blog

    June 18, 2013
    Alliant Techsystems Inc. enters into a contract, worth over $50 million, with United Kingdom-based Rolls-Royce plc.
  6. Enthusiasm Over SK Telecom Has Gone Far Enough

    June 18, 2013
    After a big rally, SK Telecom looks fully valued now and with questionable growth prospects
  7. Zacks#1 Ranked Fidelity Mutual Funds - Best of Funds

    June 18, 2013
    In this article the Zacks Investment Research team shares with you the 5 top rated Fidelity mutual funds. Each has earned ...
  8. Utility Industry Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    June 18, 2013
    Utility Industry Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews
  9. A.M. Best Rates Berkshire Subsidiaries - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    A.M. Best takes rating actions on Berkshire's subsidiaries.
  10. Winning ETF Strategies For the Second Half - ETF News And Commentary

    June 17, 2013
    Investors should prepare for the eventual tapering of the Fed's massive support.
  11. Rockwood Gets Its Deal For CeramTec

    June 17, 2013
    Rockwood gets a solid multiple for its high-margin, growing CeramTec business.
  12. Monster Slumps on Possible AMA Ban Endorsement - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    Shares of Monster Beverage slumped recently on news that the American Medical Association may impose a ban on marketing of ...
  13. Benzinga Market Primer: Monday, June 17

    June 17, 2013
    Futures Gain On Fed HopesU.S. equity futures advanced in early pre-market trade ahead of the much anticipated FOMC meeting ...
  14. Top 5 Zacks #1 Ranked Small-Cap Mutual Funds - Best of Funds

    June 14, 2013
    For investors looking for diversification across different sectors and companies, small-cap funds would be a good choice.
  15. EPR Prices Notes to Repay Debt - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2013
    In order to pay off the outstanding debts, EPR priced an underwritten equity offering of 5.250% Senior Notes worth $275 million.
  16. Ball Completes Senior Secured Credit Facility - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2013
    Ball Corp. has completed its senior secured credit facility.
  17. The Bullish Trend For Muni Bonds

    June 14, 2013
    For investors looking for tax-free income, the municipal bond sector continues to get stronger. It seems that states have ...
  18. Strong Buy on Kearny Financial - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2013
    Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kearny Financial Corp. to a Zacks Rank #1 on June 12, 2013.
  19. 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.
  20. V.F. Corp. Outlines 5-Year Growth Plan - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    V.F. Corporation revealed its major initiatives and strategies to boost shareholder returns at an investor meeting held in ...
  21. Finding Growth At Value Prices

    June 12, 2013
    With the markets continuing to move in an upwards manner, finding bargain is becoming harder and harder to do. In an attempt ...
  22. After A Good Run, Novartis Looks Fairly Valued

    June 12, 2013
    Novartis is a well-balanced, high-quality pharma with growth credentials, but also a fair valuation today.
  23. New Nespresso Compatible Pods from MDLZ - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    Mondelez International recently announced the introduction of a new range of espresso capsules which will be compatible with ...
  24. Accenture Grabs 2 More Deals - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    Accenture Plc. is consistently winning deals. This time the company won a deal from one of the leading brewery companies, ...
  25. American Realty Raises Cap to Fund Buy-Outs - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    American Realty raised approximately $896 million as net proceeds through placement of common stock and convertible preferred ...
  26. Annie's Still A High Growth-High Multiple Proposition

    June 11, 2013
    Annie's continues its rapid growth, but the valuation already baked this in
  27. Diamond Foods Making Better Moves, But Large Uncertainties Remain

    June 11, 2013
    Diamond Foods' turnaround continues, but the company cannot afford to slip against large rivals.
  28. Sallie Mae Suspends Credit Facility - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    Sallie Mae, declared the closure of a $6.8 billion credit facility, which used to aid term securitization of its federally ...
  29. As One Problem Fades at lululemon athletica, Another One Emerges

    June 11, 2013
    More unsettling news from lululemon sends the shares down hard.
  30. Building A Portfolio BRIC By BRIC

    June 11, 2013
    When Jim O'Neil first came up with the acronym of BRIC, the four nations were the cream of the emerging market crop. A decade ...
  31. Visual Risk Analysis Of The MSCI BRIC Index Fund (BKF)

    June 11, 2013
    When it comes to emerging market exposure, no region is more popular than BRIC, as this corner of the market is home to the ...
  32. 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.
  33. Google to Acquire Waze for $1.1B - Analyst Blog

    June 10, 2013
    Google Inc. is set to acquire mobile mapping and navigation company Waze Inc.
  34. Walmart Boosts Shareholder Return - Analyst Blog

    June 10, 2013
    The board of Walmart has authorized the repurchase of $15 million worth of shares. This new buyback program will replace ...
  35. 10 Picks from 2 Strong Sectors

    June 10, 2013
    As we enter the bumpy summer months, large-cap US domestic stocks and health-care names are on Louis Navellier's list, and ...
  36. Pepsi Buying Sodastream: I Don't Think So

    June 7, 2013
    The latest rumor on the street has Sodastream being acquired by Pepsico for $95 per share. There are so many reasons why ...
  37. Will Chatter Around Samsung Shipments Spook Components Stocks?

    June 7, 2013
    Weaker sales of the Galaxy S4 could put a few potholes in the road for Samsung's suppliers.
  38. Smucker Does Alright, But The Street Goes Away Disappointed

    June 7, 2013
    Smucker's solid quarter is overshadowed by softer sales, particularly in K-cup coffee.
  39. UTi Worldwide Still A “Hurry Up And Wait” Story

    June 7, 2013
    UTi Worldwide's success from here really does rely on successfully executing a long-anticipated operational improvement plan.
  40. Alternative Energy Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Industry Outlook

    June 7, 2013
    Alternative Energy Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Industry Outlook
  41. AmazonFresh: Good Or Bad Move For The Stock?

    June 5, 2013
    AmazonFresh, Amazon's online grocery business, is moving out of the testing phase and into Los Angeles, and then San Francisco ...
  42. Femsa Is A Delicate Balance Between Growth Opportunities And ...

    June 5, 2013
    Femsa's stock got a little too popular, but the long-term prospects are very good.
  43. The Eagle Ford Continues To Pay Benefits

    June 4, 2013
    The Eagle Ford shale in South Texas continues to be “where it’s at” in terms of energy production in the United States. Recent ...
  44. Investing For The Global Diabetes Epidemic

    May 31, 2013
    Sadly, diabetes is quickly becoming a global epidemic. Within these grim statistics, investors can find opportunities with ...
  45. Express Rides Fashion Star To Online Success

    May 31, 2013
    Specialty retailer Express announced first quarter earnings May 30 that beat the consensus estimate. Not only that but it ...
  46. Splunk Delivering When Other Techs Are Not

    May 31, 2013
    Splunk's price is white-hot, but the company's performance is very strong as well.
  47. Familiar Challenges, Familiar Opportunities At Chico's

    May 29, 2013
    Chico's is seeing the same weak business conditions as other retailers, but there could be value in these shares
  48. Strong Growth Can Help United Natural Foods Grow Into Its Multiple

    May 29, 2013
    United Natural Foods continues to grow at a double-digit rate, but the valuation is already rich.
  49. Short Interest in Southwest Airlines Nearly Doubles

    May 29, 2013
    Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LCC) increased more modestly. Take a closer look at these three below.Short interest in Alaska ...
  50. The Fresh Market Facing Its First Real Challenge

    May 29, 2013
    If The Fresh Market can reignite its comp-store growth, momentum investors should return.
  51. Cost Discipline Driving The Story At PNC Financial

    May 28, 2013
    If PNC can execute on it cost-cutting initiatves, the value creation could be meaningful
  52. Sears' Losses Widen In Q1 - Time To Merge With JC Penney?

    May 27, 2013
    Sears Holdings delivered another brutal quarter May 23. CEO and majority owner Edward Lampert has his hands full trying to ...
  53. Salesforce.com Still Growing And Still Expensive

    May 24, 2013
    Cloud software and services continues to take share in the enterprise IT market, and Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) remains a ...
  54. If Investors Won't Buy Retailers, Private Equity Will!

    May 24, 2013
    Private equity seems to think the apparel retailing sector is on sale
  55. Ultratech Knocked Back, Not Knocked Out

    May 23, 2013
    Expectations for market growth are aggressive, but Ultratech could be a major winner over the next three to five years.
  56. Lowe's Had Better Start Improving

    May 22, 2013
    Lowe's is lagging Home Depot to an extent that just the weather can't explain
  57. Williams Companies and Other Energy Stocks Worth a Look Now

    May 22, 2013
    The National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships (NAPTP) is holding its investor conference this week. And there ...
  58. Look Towards Small-Caps For Big Dividends

    May 22, 2013
    Small-caps can be a fruitful place to gain high yields.
  59. Home Depot Continues To Rack Up Impressive Numbers

    May 21, 2013
    Top-notch execution is letting Home Depot thrive
  60. Roche, Reloaded

    May 21, 2013
    Roche has one of the best long-term growth profiles in the Big Pharma space
  61. General Motors Hits $33: Where To From Here?

    May 21, 2013
    While business seems reasonably strong in Detroit, there's no guarantee it will stay that way. Is GM a momentum play or should ...
  62. Elan Continues To Make Baffling Strategic Decision

    May 21, 2013
    Elan seems to be set on wasting the Tysabri windfall instead of returning it to shareholders
  63. Marketo Jumps 67% in IPO Debut-Time To Sell?

    May 21, 2013
    Software startup Marketo went public May 17. Its stock closed up 64% in its first day of trading. Time to sell your shares ...
  64. After A Big Rally, Pfizer Might Need Some Rest

    May 21, 2013
    A big rally has brought Pfizer back to fair value.
  65. Wal-Mart Uses Rigorous Cost Control To Offset Weaker Sales

    May 17, 2013
    Sluggish sales growth at Wal-Mart isn't a big surprise, but it could keep a lid on the stock.
  66. Should Investors Hang Around For More From Applied Materials?

    May 17, 2013
    Applied Materials is showing progress, but has the 50% recovery already anticipated these improvements?
  67. How Much Further Can Value Carry Autodesk?

    May 17, 2013
    Autodesk comes up short again as the macro environment stays soft.
  68. Kohl's Could Work For A Trade, But It's In A Brutal Business

    May 16, 2013
    Kohl's did okay by the analysts, but core operating trends here certainly aren't strong.
  69. Five ETFs To Cash In On Japan’s Rise

    May 15, 2013
    With the election of Shinzo Abe and birth of “Abenomics”, things are looking up for Japan's exporting dependent nation. For ...
  70. Waiting For Housing To Recover, Valspar's Recovery Already Arrived

    May 15, 2013
    Valspar's market share and performance suggest the stock has recovered far enough.
  71. Alliant Techsystems Looks To Guns For Growth

    May 14, 2013
    Norwest Equity Partners agreed May 13 to sell gun maker Savage Arms to Alliant Techsystems (NYSE:ATK) for $315 million. While ...
  72. The U.S. Auto Industry Is Back

    May 14, 2013
    For investors, betting on the U.S. auto sector could lead to plenty of profits.
  73. ABB Performing Well, But A Big Change Is Coming

    May 13, 2013
    ABB is executing well in a tough environment, but losing CEO Hogan is a big blow
  74. Advanced Energy Industries Hanging On For The Turn

    May 13, 2013
    AEIS is cyclically down, but far from out.
  75. Claire's: Should You Accessorize With Its IPO?

    May 13, 2013
    Apollo Global Management is taking accessories retailer Claire's public. Should you get in on this IPO? I'll take a look.
  76. ArcelorMittal Looks Like A Good House In A Really Tough Neighborhood ...

    May 10, 2013
    ArcelorMittal looks too cheap, but it could be a long wait to see it really outperform
  77. Is Microsoft Hitting Up Barnes & Noble For Some Nook(ie)?

    May 9, 2013
    Will Microsoft pay up to take Nook Media off Barnes & Noble's hands?
  78. Another Negative Fish Oil Study Adds To Amarin's Marketing Challenges

    May 9, 2013
    More questions about the real efficacy of fish oil is bad news for Amarin.
  79. Nautilus Gets Its Groove Back

    May 9, 2013
    Now a micro cap, I'll look at why Nautilus' 200% increase over the past 52 weeks is just the beginning.
  80. After The Hurricane, Is It Safe To Visit Aruba Networks?

    May 9, 2013
    After a big quarterly miss, can investors afford to trust the long-term opportunity at Aruba?
  81. Mondelez Isn't As Good As Nestle, But Priced Like It Is

    May 8, 2013
    Investors seem to bullish on Mondelez, given the relative performance at Kellogg and Nestle.
  82. Amgen Chased By The Bubble

    May 8, 2013
    Amgen really needs the pipeline to come through to support this valuation.
  83. Broadcom Has To Play Offense And Defense

    May 7, 2013
    Broadcom has multiple appealing growth opportunities, but also competitive challenges to address.
  84. For Casino Stocks- Macau Is Still Where It’s At

    May 7, 2013
    China’s growing consumer class isn’t just spending their hard earned money of fast food, TVs and designer handbags. It seems ...
  85. Mobile Mini Earnings Double: Is It Time To Buy?

    May 7, 2013
    Mobile Mini reported first quarter earnings May 6 that were impressive to say the least. With its stock sitting near an all-time ...
  86. Check Point Software Could Be A Second-Half Rebounder

    May 6, 2013
    If Check Point can reignite growth, the stock is much too cheap.
  87. Finding Bond-Like Income With Utilities

    May 1, 2013
    The traditional utility sector has become a happy hunting ground for income seekers.
  88. Are These 3 Retailers Ready To Go Private?

    April 30, 2013
    Bloomberg ran an article April 29 speculating that Rue 21, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale are all possible private equity ...
  89. Starbucks: A Premium Worth Paying

    April 29, 2013
    Starbucks delivered record second-quarter results April 25. With every part of its business doing well (Europe excepted), ...
  90. It Gets A Little Harder From Here For Covidien

    April 29, 2013
    Expectations are the bigger issue for Covidien, as underlying growth is still pretty good on a relative basis.
  91. Starbucks' Special Model Is Valuable, But Maybe Not This Valuable

    April 26, 2013
    Starbucks continues to deliver good execution, but the valuation demands greatness.
  92. Lumber Liquidators-A Stock Without A Ceiling?

    April 26, 2013
    Flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL) reported strong earnings April 24. By every financial metric it was a big ...
  93. Sub-Saharan Africa Beckons

    April 26, 2013
    Looking past the BRICs and broad index funds, Africa represents a huge ignored growth story.
  94. Want Income? MLP ETFs Still Offer Value

    April 25, 2013
    High income and growth potential minus the tax headaches associated with MLPs makes ETFs the top choice to play the sector.
  95. Coach Winning In China

    April 25, 2013
    Coach's third quarter results were solid if not spectacular. Its Chinese business, however, continues to provide hope for ...
  96. Investors Can't Seem To Get Enough Of Hershey

    April 25, 2013
    With strong volume and improving margins, Hershey continues to outperform a hot sector.
  97. Are Market Factors Pushing Qualcomm Into The Penalty Box?

    April 25, 2013
    Qualcomm's stumble on lower ASPs could make for a rocky summer.
  98. Given Procter & Gamble's Performance, Should The Weak Volumes ...

    April 25, 2013
    P&G looks like an increasingly expensive margin improvement play in consumer staples.
  99. The Defenestration Of Apple Continues

    April 24, 2013
    Apple's value as a stock has plunged, but the company seems to be in better shape.
  100. Is Caterpillar Facing A New Normal In Mining?

    April 22, 2013
    Caterpillar has gotten cheaper, but willing the mining industry recover?
  101. Halliburton Has Gotten Interesting Again

    April 22, 2013
    If oilfield activity has bottomed, Halliburton would be a good pick here.
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