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  1. Marcellus Shale Development Continues

    September 27, 2010
    The Marcellus Shale is attracting more capital and new entrants over the last month despite an industry bias towards oil ...
  2. TJX Or Ross Stores: Which Is The Better Buy?

    September 20, 2010
    TJX same-store sales have been positive for 32 out of 33 years, including 13 straight from 1997 to today.
  3. McKesson Valuation Overly Pessimistic

    September 14, 2010
    McKesson's operations continue to grow and health care reform efforts will add millions of new patients into the industry. ...
  4. Bristol-Myers Pays A Premium For Its Partner

    September 10, 2010
    Bristol-Myers is paying a lot, but a successful HCV franchise could be worth much more.
  5. Jo-Ann Stores Masters Its Craft

    September 1, 2010
    Craft and fabrics retailer Jo-Ann Stores reported a healthy increase in both sales and earnings.
  6. Top-Heavy Pharmaceuticals

    August 27, 2010
    Investors should keep an eye on how much drug companies rely on its top sellers.
  7. Ross Stores Rising

    August 24, 2010
    Off-price apparel and home accessories retailer Ross Stores posted strong profits with healthy revenue gains in its Q2 - ...
  8. Steady Business At TJ Maxx

    August 20, 2010
    TJX should continue to see steady high digit growth over the long term.
  9. BP's Management: Will A Change Do The Company Good?

    July 27, 2010
    BP announced that it will replace CEO Tony Haward. How will investors take the news?
  10. How's Your State Pension Fund These Days?

    July 20, 2010
    Find out what the stock holdings of the largest pension funds can teach investors.
  11. When Value Meets Growth In Retail

    July 14, 2010
    We look at apparel retailers with good P/B and PEG ratios to find some companies with growth and value.
  12. Playing Big Pharma With CROs

    July 6, 2010
    Investors looking to play the growth in R&D spending for human drugs should consider CROs.
  13. Stocks To Guard Your Portfolio

    July 1, 2010
    Finding the right stock to reduce volatility is not as exciting, but it is essential to building a lasting portfolio and ...
  14. Micro-cap Stocks Often Overlooked

    June 25, 2010
    Gaining exposure to the micro-cap sector through ETFs and individual stocks.
  15. Pharmaceuticals With Big Returns

    June 22, 2010
    These intriguing Pharmaceuticals currently have big returns.
  16. Stocks That Protect Against Deflation

    June 21, 2010
    Although recent data suggests prices may be falling, inflation may still take over in the long term due to the excess liquidity ...
  17. Invest In The Magazine Portfolio

    May 6, 2010
    Just for fun, I went through advertisers in Canadian House and Home. Despite being a Canadian magazine, well-known names ...
  18. Pfizer Delivers A Healthy Quarter

    May 6, 2010
    Despite forecasting adjusted earnings of over $2 a share for 2010, Pfizer shares remain at $17.
  19. The S&P 500's Cheapest Stocks

    April 27, 2010
    Everybody loves a bargain, but finding a true bargain in the stock market can be a difficult task.
  20. Dividends With Earnings Growth

    April 23, 2010
    These healthcare and pharma companies have a solid dividend and increasing earnings over the last five years.
  21. Lilly's Top-Line Predicament

    April 21, 2010
    Eli Lilly will have more than $5 billion in annual free cash flow over the next few years to try and stem its top-line predicament. ...
  22. Setting The Medical Records Straight

    March 16, 2010
    There are an estimated 300-400 companies selling electronic medical records systems in the U.S. Most are small businesses. ...
  23. Pharmaceutical Profits That Aren't For The Dogs

    March 15, 2010
    Merck and Sanofi-Aventis recently combined their animal health businesses, lending further evidence to the notion that this ...
  24. Sam Adams Brewing Growth In The U.S.

    March 11, 2010
    Boston Beer is one of the few growing domestic beer operators and boasts it is the "country's largest-selling craft beer ...
  25. Utica Shale Moves A Step Foward

    March 3, 2010
    A small cap Canadian company announced a successful horizontal well in the Utica Shale.
  26. New Reserve Rules Bite Back

    February 22, 2010
    The impact of new oil and gas reserve rules has affected companies in unpredictable ways.
  27. Will History Repeat Itself?

    February 22, 2010
    During the previous energy cycle peak in the early 1980s, many outside companies bought oil and gas companies, suggesting ...
  28. Investing In Cloud Computing

    February 9, 2010
    We look at four of the companies in a new tech hot spot: cloud computing.
  29. Four Price-To-Sales Bargains

    February 5, 2010
    Keeping an eye out for companies that trade at discounts to sales can provide investors with opportunities for nice profits. ...
  30. Honeywell's Free Cash Flow Conversion

    February 2, 2010
    Honeywell's high level of free cash flow makes the stock as sweet as its name.
  31. A Lively Start To 2010 For Energy Sector

    January 15, 2010
    2010 got off to a big start for the energy sector as some major news was released that may define the investing landscape ...
  32. 5 Stocks With Big Insider Buying

    January 12, 2010
    This is one investment marker to be watched, as the new year opens.
  33. Siemens Sluggish With Losses

    December 9, 2009
    Siemens had lower losses in its Q4 than last year's Q4, but it continues an uphill battle in the difficult European and global ...
  34. Does The Semiconductor Rebound Have Legs?

    November 27, 2009
    While the initial run was based on an inventory build following massive depletions, whether they will continue to run will ...
  35. Marathon Oil Outlines Its Upstream Strategy

    November 27, 2009
    Marathon Oil is moving slowly on its diversified set of properties.
  36. Quality Stocks To Play Defense With

    November 5, 2009
    These three high-quality stocks are a great way to add some defense to your investment team.
  37. Drilling And Completion Costs Continue to Fall In Shale Plays

    October 2, 2009
    Everyone seems to think that the cost to find and develop oil and gas reserves can only go up, but in new emerging shale ...
  38. Top 5 Companies In Danger Of Bankruptcy

    September 23, 2009
    Audit Intergity came out with its list of top ten bankruptcy candidates over the next year.
  39. Industrial Sector Beckons

    August 25, 2009
    The stock market has surged higher but not all stocks have moved as much providing opportunities for some investors.
  40. S&P's Dividend Aristocrats

    July 29, 2009
    These companies have consistently increased their payments for 25 years.
  41. 5 Stocks With Low P/Es And High Dividends

    June 19, 2009
    Finding undervalued gems can help boost porfolio returns. Check out five potential diamonds in the rough.
  42. Good IPO, Bad IPO

    June 17, 2009
    A good IPO will consider the needs of long-time investors as well as new ones. Here is the good the bad about two IPOs.
  43. Operators Love The Piceance Basin

    June 8, 2009
    The Piceance Basin in Colorado holds large resources of natural gas and shale oil, and the industry is moving toward developing ...
  44. Angola Becomes Major Player In World Oil

    June 2, 2009
    As many predict the world oil supply will fall short, this country is increasing in importance as an oil producer.
  45. Remember Net Interest Margins?

    May 25, 2009
    The market is obsessed with asset quality, and with good reason. However, once the crisis passes, investors will examine ...
  46. Is Pfizer What The Doctor Ordered Or Bad Medicine?

    April 30, 2009
    Explore Pfizer, its earnings and its recent acquisition deal.
  47. TARP Returns Start To Snowball

    April 6, 2009
    Four more banks have returned "bailout" money. If this trend continues, it will run contary to the stated goal of stimulating ...
  48. Shale Plays Gone Wild - The Bakken Shale

    April 3, 2009
    Investments from exploration and production companies have increased in this area as the search intensifies for the next ...
  49. Gulf Of Mexico Still A Hotspot

    March 27, 2009
    A recent auction proves that oil companies are still making moves in the Gulf of Mexico. Find out which companies are making ...
  50. Medical Devices: Cure For Ailing Portfolios?

    February 27, 2009
    Find out how these medical device makers may resuscitate your ailing portfolio.
  51. Invest In The Original S&P 500

    February 18, 2009
    An amazing number of the original companies in the S&P 500 index are still trading. I'll pick out some interesting choices ...
  52. Bristol-Myers Pays Healthy Dividends

    February 12, 2009
    Bristol-Myers is among five companies with a great forward annual dividend yield.
  53. Exxon Mobil Mum On Spending

    February 6, 2009
    Exxon reported another great quarter, but it didn't say much about the evolution of its capital program for 2009.
  54. Forest Labs Faces Patent Expirations

    January 23, 2009
    This pharma faces patent expirations on its two key drugs, but its valuation reflects these risks and the firm has appealing ...
  55. No More Tears For Johnson & Johnson

    January 23, 2009
    Its wide range of products and international exposure give this stock a positive long-term outlook.
  56. The Shipping News Isn't Good

    December 4, 2008
    Forget pirates, slumping lease rates are the real problem on the high seas for shippers like Frontline.
  57. Your Standard Oil Portfolio

    November 26, 2008
    Five companies remain from the Standard Oil breakup in 1911. Investors who built a portfolio around them would have crushed ...
  58. What's Ailing Channel Outdoor Holdings?

    October 14, 2008
    Clear Channel Outdoor stock is down 80% from its 2007 high, but this is no time for bargain hunting.
  59. Pink Sheets Not Just For Dead Companies Anymore

    October 13, 2008
    We examine a pair of potential hidden gems that trade on the OTCQX exchange - the top tier of the pink sheets.
  60. 10 Blue Chips On The Outs

    October 8, 2008
    The market has taken down stocks of all caliber, and these formerly sturdy blue chip stocks are due another look as we wait ...
  61. Monday, Bloody Monday

    October 8, 2008
    We take a historical look at Mondays and other trading days on the market and discover there is yet another reason to hate ...
  62. What Imclone Means To Eli Lilly

    October 7, 2008
    Eli Lilly expands its cancer offering with the acquisition of Imclone. Can the union boost Eli Lilly's floundering stock ...
  63. Two Indicators Are Better Than One

    September 22, 2008
    The MACD and Stochastic are an ideal pairing. The bullish crossovers that have occurred on these charts should catch the ...
  64. Emerson Electric - Where Steady Is The New Sexy

    September 18, 2008
    With the markets in turmoil, it's time to seek steady companies with strong balance sheets, achievable goals and smart leaders. ...
  65. Merck Needs A New Megaphone

    July 24, 2008
    Learn how Merck's refusal to sell its story to Wall Street is hurting the stock and the few investors who are still hanging ...
  66. Banks In Trouble? Don't Tell That To The Regionals

    July 22, 2008
    Surprise, Surprise. The national banks posted another round of brutal numbers. The sector's real strength lies in the smaller ...
  67. Get These Low P/E Bargains Before They're Gone

    June 20, 2008
    Low P/E stocks tend to beat the market. Learn to win by purchasing when they're cheap and selling when the P/E gets back ...
  68. Investing The 'Sex and the City' Way

    June 4, 2008
    Can Carrie, Samantha and Big guide you to great portfolio returns? We create an index based on product placements from the ...
  69. American Airlines: Pack Light, Or Pay Up

    May 23, 2008
    AMR will now charge passengers $15 for their first checked bag. It's also cutting flights by 12% - bad news for AMR and the ...
  70. Bottom Fishing Among The Clouds

    April 15, 2008
    With recent declines in airline stocks, we could be on the verge of merger mania. That means there are bargains to be had. ...
  71. Schering-Plough Clears The Way For Growth (SGP)

    February 15, 2008
    The drug maker has a strong product pipeline and timely diversification that should produce big results for long-suffering ...
  72. Schering-Plough's Smoke Screen (SGP)

    January 24, 2008
    CEO Fred Hassan will buy $2 million of company stock after Q4 earnings are released. Should investors follow, or is this ...
  73. Mergers Could Unite The Air (DAL, UAUA, NWA)

    January 18, 2008
    Elevated fuel costs could spur a wave of mergers within airlines, but something else may be brewing too.
  74. Gritty Profit Found In Oil Sands (IMO, SU, MRO)

    July 5, 2007
    A look at three mid-sized integrated oil companies that have plenty to offer.
  75. Turning The Rumor Mill (DELL, TRMP, NFLX, MRK)

    June 12, 2007
    A roundup of the week's popular news stories and market rumors.
  76. A Treasure Hunting Odyssey (OMR)

    May 22, 2007
    Treasure-hunting company Odyssey Marine Exploration seems exciting, but don't get caught up in the romance and adventure. ...
  77. Merck Needs Investor Relations Lesson (MRK)

    May 17, 2007
    A top Merck exec said the company isn't considering any mega mergers. Is this a case of bad IR?
  78. Selling The Sellers (IPG, OMC, CCO)

    May 15, 2007
    A look at three advertising companies who manage to compete in one of the most cutthroat industries around
  79. Up on Amgen (AMGN)

    April 30, 2007
    Amgen shares are in a rut, and that could signal opportunity for investors.
  80. Johnson & Johnson Blows Away Q1 (JNJ)

    April 20, 2007
    J&J beat its Q1 consensus number with ease, so where is the stock is headed from here?
  81. Generic Manufacturers Go After Big Pharma

    March 14, 2007
    Generic drug manufacturers continue pose a potent threat to the established "big pharma" companies.
  82. The Battle of Britain (BAB)

    March 9, 2007
    The EU's Open Skies Agreement draft threatens to negatively impact British Airways in a major way.
  83. You Gotta Know When To Bail

    February 22, 2007
    When your stock's prospects take a turn for the worse, bailing out can be the best possible option.
  84. P/E Ratios Still Matter

    February 1, 2007
    High P/E stocks are almost always more glamorous than their low P/E counterparts, but are they more profitable?
  85. A Downgrade For Intel Is Downgrade For Dell (DELL)

    January 8, 2007
    Analyst downgrades of Intel and a large insider sale dropped Dell's stock 6.8%. With concerns mounting, it may drop further. ...
  86. Bristol-Myers Hurt By Plavix, Saved By Demographics (BMY)

    November 16, 2006
    Despite BMY's recent struggles with its Plavix sales, favorable demographics make the stock a good investment to consider. ...
  87. Consolidation Looks To Be In The Cards (MRK, BMY, SGP)

    September 18, 2006
    A look into the merger possiblities of three of the drug industry's major players.
  88. Debt Insurance Stocks Starting To Look Risky (ABK, MBI, AGO, ...

    July 18, 2006
    Spiraling state and municipal government debt loads are a concern for muni bondholders, but also pose surprise risk to equity ...
  89. Pfizer, Pass the Rolaids

    June 12, 2006
    $15 billion for its consumer products unit won’t cure Pfizer’s ailing stock.
  90. Time to 'Double Double' Down on Tim Hortons?

    March 24, 2006
    A look at the recent IPO of Canada's iconic quick serve restaurant chain, Tim Hortons.
  91. Super Tankers Deliver

    March 9, 2006
    Just how super are the prospects of oil tanker companies?
  92. A Hot Sector?

    December 21, 2005
    Another example of a sector that "falls between the cracks" - elearning.
  93. A Look at Economic Moats - Part 2

    November 23, 2005
    In this piece we'll explore different types of economic moats.
  94. The Little Things That Matter

    October 26, 2005
    Everybody's talking about it but how exactly do you invest in nanotechnology? Let David Harper shed some light on the subject. ...
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