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  1. Do Massive Buybacks Spur Major Upside?

    December 16, 2014
    Judging by the numbers, buyback plans remain extremely popular. In the S&P 500, 374 companies, or 75% of the index, bought ...
  2. The Only Latin American Stock You Should Buy Now

    December 3, 2014
    As an American expat living in Colombia, I have had a first-hand view of the major economic changes taking place across South ...
  3. 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.
  4. Picking Up Where We Left Off? - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 3, 2014
    Over the hump midway through Q3 earnings season, we've now got a fairly decent read on how the S&P 500 has performed. ...
  5. Bear of the Day: Vale Sa (VALE) - Bear of the Day

    October 31, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Vale Sa (VALE) - Bear of the Day
  6. One Of The Few On-Sale Sectors Could Make Traders 45%

    October 6, 2014
    In case we had forgotten it is the banks' job to make money, they are hiking ATM and checking account fees to record levels ...
  7. Barron's Recap: What's Next For Fidelity?

    October 5, 2014
    This weekend in Barron's online: the future of Fidelity, an exclusive interview with Bond King Bill Gross, the Barron's ...
  8. This Undervalued Gem Is A Strong Takeover Target

    September 9, 2014
    The economy is just starting to work its way out of the funk brought by the historically cold winter last year. With still ...
  9. This Undervalued Gem Is A Strong Acquisition Candidate

    September 9, 2014
    The economy is just starting to work its way out of the funk brought by the historically cold winter last year. With still ...
  10. Technicals Point To A Quick Pop In This Financial Stock's Future

    August 29, 2014
    Shares of CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) bounced nicely in recent days as the financial sector continues to support the broader market's ...
  11. David Einhorn Owns $189 Million Of This 'Boring' Stock

    August 21, 2014
    Although the market often looks to the world's top investors for direction on highly-publicized stocks, investing gurus ...
  12. Bear of the Day: Nu Skin (NUS) - Bear of the Day

    August 4, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Nu Skin (NUS) - Bear of the Day
  13. Airline Profits Flying High on Rising Travel Demand - Industry ...

    July 31, 2014
    Airline Profits Flying High on Rising Travel Demand - Industry Outlook
  14. 3 Ways To Profit From Latin America's Rising Middle Class

    July 16, 2014
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. How To Profit From My Early Call To Short This Overvalued Stock

    March 27, 2014
    It's difficult to admit that I was too early with a market call. It's even harder to accept when I realize I was ...
  18. The World's Most Shorted Stock Is Now A 'Buy'

    March 21, 2014
    There are very few guarantees when it comes to stock investing. The ever-changing nature of the stock market can make speaking ...
  19. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  20. 13 Buyback Kings: Should You Buy Them?

    February 12, 2014
    Over the past few years, I've been conducting quarterly reviews of companies that are aggressive repurchasers of their ...
  21. 13 Stock Buyback Kings: Should You Buy Them?

    February 12, 2014
    Over the past few years, I've been conducting quarterly reviews of companies that are aggressive repurchasers of their ...
  22. Will These 3 Laggard Stocks Outperform In 2014?

    January 14, 2014
    The best performing stocks in the S&P 500 in the past year have been Netflix, Micron Technology, Best Buy, Delta Airlines ...
  23. For investors, betting on Latin America’s rising free-market superstars could be the best way to play the region in a portfolio.

    Playing The Latin American Divide

    January 14, 2014
    While investors tend to lump all of Latin America together into one cohesive unit, the truth is there is a pretty big divide ...
  24. Bull of the Day: Herbalife (HLF) - Bull of the Day

    January 8, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Herbalife (HLF) - Bull of the Day
  25. The Best and Worst Performing Dividend ETFs of 2013

    December 19, 2013
    2013 was another year full of record-low interest rates, prompting income investors to turn their attention elsewhere. For ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. Bear of the Day: Molycorp (MCP) - Bear of the Day

    November 4, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Molycorp (MCP) - Bear of the Day
  28. The 'Death Of The Credit Card' Is Near -- Here's How To Profit

    October 31, 2013
    Consumer credit is a double-edged sword. Used wisely, it enables smart money management and expense tracking. Misused, it ...
  29. 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) ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 5 Years Later: The Crisis We Haven’t Tackled Yet

    September 20, 2013
    Five years after the Lehman bankruptcy, the proximate causes of the 2008 crash are no longer threats. But while the risk ...
  32. A Great Model And Growing Markets Powering Copa Holdings

    September 3, 2013
    Copa's Panama-based hub-and-spoke system continues to drive uncommon profitability.
  33. 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 ...
  34. 3-Year Review: Best & Worst ETFs Across The Globe

    August 7, 2013
    In recent years, bullish momentum has been an undeniable force on Wall Street. Across the globe, however, this has not necessarily ...
  35. 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.
  36. Anadigics Amplifiers to Power Samsung - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2013
    Anadigics recently announced that it has secured a deal from Samsung to supply dual-band ProEficient-Plus power amplifiers ...
  37. Walgreens Focus on Retail Pharmacy - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2013
    Walgreens increased vaccination availability at pharmacies in Indiana.
  38. 3 Stocks to Buy Before Earnings Season - Investment Ideas

    July 1, 2013
    3 Stocks to Buy Before Earnings Season - Investment Ideas
  39. Forest Fires Shuts Cliffs' Wabush Plant - Analyst Blog

    July 1, 2013
    Cliffs has temporarily shutdown its Wabush Scully mine in Wabush, Canada due to forest fires.
  40. Brazil Falling Back: Is It Time To Buy?

    June 19, 2013
    For the last decade, Brazil has been an emerging super power, building in infrastructure and opportunities for nearly 40 ...
  41. SE to Transfer Assets to MLP - Analyst Blog

    June 17, 2013
    Spectra Energy Corporation plans to transfer all of its remaining U.S. Transmission and Storage assets to Spectra Energy ...
  42. 3 Top Ranked Financial ETFs to Buy Now - ETF News And Commentary

    June 14, 2013
    The financial sector is expected to continue to outperform in the coming months.
  43. WAG-DEA Settlement to Hurt 3Q Earnings - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    Walgreens inks agreement with DEA.
  44. 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 ...
  45. EOG Retains Neutral Tag - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    We maintained our recommendation on EOG Resources, Inc. at Neutral on May 30, 2013.
  46. MSCI Reclassification Puts Spotlight on These ETFs

    June 10, 2013
    Traders have had bigger fish to fry over the past few days, but a potentially noteworthy news event is slated for the after-market ...
  47. So Who’s Right On Cliffs Natural Resources?

    March 28, 2013
    Iron ore and coal producer Cliffs Natural Resources has faced downgrade after downgrade in the face of fallen commodity prices ...
  48. The Week Ahead: Did Wall Street Strategists Jinx Stocks

    March 22, 2013
    Increasingly daring market forecasts should unpleasantly remind savvy investors of the exuberance of Y2K, and the truth is ...
  49. Cliffs Natural Resources Needs Another Iron Ore Boom

    February 15, 2013
    Cliffs' high costs are a major issue if iron ore prices stagnate.
  50. Jack Bogle Doesn't Think You Should Get Cozy With ETFs

    February 15, 2013
    Bogle likes index ETFs, but he doesn't think that using them as trading vehicles or as ways to beat the market is a sound ...
  51. TCF Financial Penalized $10M - Analyst Blog

    January 28, 2013
    On Friday, TCF National Bank, the primary subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation (TCB) consented to pay a $10 million federal ...
  52. Cliffs to Record Charges in 4Q - Analyst Blog

    January 25, 2013
    Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) announced that it will incur a $1 billion charge in the fourth quarter of 2012 related ...
  53. Sun Life Expands ASEAN Footprint - Analyst Blog

    January 23, 2013
    In an effort to expand its international operations, the Canadian life insurer Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF) has announced ...
  54. Associated Reports In Line Results - Analyst Blog

    January 21, 2013
    Associated Banc-Corp (ASBC) reported its fourth quarter 2012 earnings of 26 cents per share, which came in line with the ...
  55. Herbalife Is Merely A Pawn In This Hedge Fund Battle Royal

    January 18, 2013
    Managers of some of the largest hedge funds are taking sides in the battle over Herbalife, arguing whether or not it's a ...
  56. 15 Underperforming Stocks to Sell Today

    January 16, 2013
    So far in 2013, we've seen the market basically tread water. After the huge fiscal cliff deal inspired buying in the first ...
  57. LFL: Traffic Update Dec' 12 - Analyst Blog

    January 16, 2013
    Latin American airlines, LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (LFL), together with its subsidiaries, came out with its air traffic update ...
  58. Is it Time to Dump Bank Stocks?

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  59. Short Sellers Are Loading up on Bank Stocks, Should You Follow ...

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  60. Alcoa Has Improved, But It's Still In The Aluminum Business

    January 9, 2013
    Although undervalued, Alcoa is still an aluminum company.
  61. What To Consider Before Buying A Dividend ETF

    January 9, 2013
    For those outside of 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement accounts, exchange-traded funds are rapidly taking the ...
  62. BNY Mellon Launches CSD in Europe - Analyst Blog

    January 8, 2013
    The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK) has launched a new Issuer Central Securities Depository (CSD) unit in Europe ...
  63. Sector Relativity - Cook`s Kitchen

    January 7, 2013
    As the economy rolls through its much-anticipated waves of expansion and contraction, portfolio managers tend to rotate money ...
  64. Bill Ackman's New Target? Herbalife

    January 3, 2013
    Herbalife vows to answer to Bill Ackman's charges, but if we are to pick a winner of round one of this fight, it's Ackman. ...
  65. Coca-Cola HBC S.A and Other Consumer/Non-Cyclical Stocks Making ...

    December 31, 2012
    Currently, the Nasdaq has climbed 0.6%, the S&P 500 has increased 0.2% and the Dow has been relatively flat. The Consumer/Non-Cyclical ...
  66. Consumer/Non-Cyclical Stocks, Including Green Mountain Coffee ...

    December 28, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq is down 0.3%; the S&P 500 has declined 0.5%; and the Dow has decreased ...
  67. GOL Segregates Smiles - Analyst Blog

    December 24, 2012
    GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) announced its plans to segregate the company's Smiles Program. The program was ...
  68. Possible Acquisitions For 2013

    December 24, 2012
    Here's a list of possible acquisitions for 2013.
  69. NIKE and More Big Movers on the NYSE on December 21, 2012

    December 21, 2012
    This morning has been rocky for the market. The Nasdaq has fallen 2%; the S&P 500 has slipped 1.9%; and the Dow has fallen ...
  70. Bear of the Day: Cliffs Natural Resources - Bear of the Day

    December 18, 2012
    We are downgrading our rating on Cliffs Natural Resources (BMI) to Underperform following its lackluster third-quarter 2 ...
  71. The Most Tradable Stock In Each Sector SPDR ETF

    December 11, 2012
    Sector ETFs give you a convenient way to monitor, analyze and trade different sectors of the economy. When the overall stock ...
  72. Mondelez International Among Consumer/Non-Cyclical's Biggest ...

    December 10, 2012
    The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has risen 0.6%; the S&P 500 is up 0.2%; and the ...
  73. The 5 Most Important Chart Patterns For ETF Traders

    December 5, 2012
    Chart patterns are a very useful tool because they occur regularly—providing you with lots of trade candidates—and also provide ...
  74. Get Rid Of Your Emerging Market ETF Volatility Problem Once And ...

    December 5, 2012
    Emerging markets offer the potential for stellar returns during times of prosperity, however, they can also fall victim to ...
  75. Herbalife - Growth & Income

    December 4, 2012
    Herbalife Limited (HLF) has put together an impressive streak of 15 straight quarters with positive earnings surprises. Furthermore, ...
  76. Herbalife and Other Big Movers In Consumer/Non-Cyclical on November ...

    November 21, 2012
    Currently, the Nasdaq has been relatively flat, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.1% and the Dow has increased 0.2%. The biggest ...
  77. Mixed 3Q for Manulife - Analyst Blog

    November 12, 2012
    Canadian life insurer Manulife Financial Corp. (MFC) reported third-quarter 2012 operating earnings of $558.3 million (C$556 ...
  78. LeapFrog Inexplicably Leaps Backward

    November 9, 2012
    LeapFrog's stock drop of 15% provides investors with a good entry point.
  79. China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd and Other Big Movers In Transportation ...

    November 9, 2012
    The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq climbing 0.9%, the S&P 500 increasing 0.5% and the Dow up 0.2%. The transportation ...
  80. Can Emerson Build On Some Positive Momentum?

    November 8, 2012
    Emerson may be putting a bad run behind it. the company also stacks up reasonably well to other industrial conglomerates ...
  81. Daily ETF Roundup: Obama Re-election Offers No Relief

    November 7, 2012
    While some American’s continued Obama’s victory celebration today, Wall Street certainly made clear who it had voted for ...
  82. Ultimate Guide To iShares Latin America 40 Index Fund (ILF)

    October 30, 2012
    While the correlations of various asset classes have increased significantly over the past decade, emerging market investing ...
  83. Will The Windows-Based Lumia Save Nokia?

    October 23, 2012
    Based on the specs, Nokia's Lumia smartphone is a jewel in the sector, but can it save the former mobility tech king?
  84. Battle Of The Hedge Fund Clones: GURU Vs. ALFA

    October 23, 2012
    The proliferation of exchange-traded products has opened up previously difficult-to-reach corners of the investing landscape, ...
  85. China Life Insurance Company Ltd and Other Big Movers In Financial ...

    October 17, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq has remained steady, the S&P 500 has increased 0.3% and the Dow has moved little. The financial ...
  86. Banking ETFs 101 - ETF News And Commentary

    October 11, 2012
    The financial sector of the U.S economy has been one of the best performing sectors this year, both in terms of stock market ...
  87. Manulife Upgraded to Outperform - Analyst Blog

    October 10, 2012
    We are upgrading our recommendation on the shares of shares of Manulife Financial Corp. (MFC) to Outperform from Neutral ...
  88. Sector EER: Downward Trend Reverses - Cook`s Kitchen

    October 5, 2012
    As we head into the thick of earnings season over the next few weeks, it's a good time to look at what's going on with Earnings ...
  89. GOL to Add 60 More Boeing Aircraft - Analyst Blog

    October 2, 2012
    Brazilian low-cost and low-fare airline, Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) recently signed a contract to purchase ...
  90. PRU Buys Hartford's Life Insurance - Analyst Blog

    October 1, 2012
    Recently, Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU) has announced that it will acquire Individual Life Insurance business of The Hartford ...
  91. GOL Raises Fund for Maintenance - Analyst Blog

    September 28, 2012
    Brazilian low-cost and low-fare airline, Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) issued another series of Guaranteed Notes ...
  92. Expedia and More Big Movers on the Nasdaq on September 21, 2 ...

    September 21, 2012
    This morning, the Nasdaq has moved little, the S&P 500 has decreased 0.3% and the Dow has been relatively flat. The recent ...
  93. Basic Materials Stocks, Including BHP Billiton, Making Big Moves ...

    September 20, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq is down 0.3%; the S&P 500 has declined 0.3%; and the Dow has decreased ...
  94. FedEx and More Big Movers in Transportation on September 18, ...

    September 18, 2012
    Currently, the Nasdaq has risen 0.1%, the S&P 500 is unchanged and the Dow has increased 0.1%. The transportation sector ...
  95. Consumer Cyclical Stocks, Including NIKE, Making Big Moves on ...

    September 13, 2012
    The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq is up 0.3%; the S&P 500 is trading up 0.1%; and the Dow has increased ...
  96. 2 Breakout Banks to Watch

    September 11, 2012
    The strong action in financials last week suggests it is now becoming a market-leading sector. Drilling down, MoneyShow’s ...
  97. Stocks with Increasing Sales and Profit Margins - Screen of the ...

    September 11, 2012
    This week I want to focus on Sales Growth and Profit Margins. While everybody understands sales, margins might bring up a ...
  98. BHP Billiton plc and More Big Movers in Basic Materials on September ...

    September 7, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq is down 0.2%, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.3% and the Dow has been relatively flat. The basic materials ...
  99. Michael Kors and More Big Movers in Consumer Cyclical on August ...

    August 31, 2012
    On a good day for the market, the Nasdaq has increased 0.8%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.8% and the Dow has moved up 0.9%. ...
  100. ETFs In A Box: Q&A With Garrett Stevens

    August 28, 2012
    With issuers big and small continuously filling the development pipeline, the exchange-traded product lineup is inching closer ...
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