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  1. Avoid High-Cost Broker Commissions With This Investment Plan

    December 14, 2012
    Online brokers undoubtedly have made investing more affordable and accessible than ever before. Gone are the days when you ...
  2. The Absolute Highest Yields You'll Find... in 8 Major Sectors

    December 13, 2012
    Readers of my articles should know by now that I'm always on the lookout for good dividend-paying ideas. There's no better ...
  3. AMD Partners Ubisoft for Far Cry 3 - Analyst Blog

    December 6, 2012
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) is collaborating with Ubisoft to provide support to Far Cry 3 in the U.S. The latest chapter ...
  4. Is it Time to Dump Microsoft?

    November 30, 2012
    During the past two years, software developers in Redmond, Wash., have been fine-tuning the millions of lines of code that ...
  5. Is it Time to Sell Microsoft?

    November 30, 2012
    During the past two years, software developers in Redmond, Wash., have been fine-tuning the millions of lines of code that ...
  6. Goldman to Offload USI for $2.3B - Analyst Blog

    November 27, 2012
    On Monday, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners VI, a private equity fund of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), agreed to divest ...
  7. Will Baxter Go For Gambro?

    November 26, 2012
    Baxter may be about to conclude its long pursuit of Gambro
  8. Still Seeing Good Growth, Weak Margin Leverage

    November 22, 2012 met expectations, but the growth-versus-value debate goes on.
  9. Nintendo Introduces Wii U - Analyst Blog

    November 20, 2012
    Nintendo Co. Ltd (NTDOY) has launched Wii U, its first console upgrade in six years since the release of Wii. The Wii U is ...
  10. Jim Rogers is Betting Against this Entire Sector, Should You ...

    November 20, 2012
    Billionaire investor Jim Rogers may be most famous for calling the bottom of the commodities market and buying in 1999, just ...
  11. e-Commerce Stock Outlook - Nov. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    November 19, 2012
    The Electronic Commerce, or e-commerce, industry is one of the most progressive sectors of the economy. The industry is evolving ...
  12. eCommerce Stock Outlook - Nov. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    November 19, 2012
    The Electronic Commerce, or e-commerce, industry is one of the most progressive sectors of the economy. The industry is evolving ...
  13. Can Facebook Get Through Another Lock-up Expiration Quietly?

    November 16, 2012
    Another huge slug of shares will expand Facebook's public float. But this stock has been volatile and controversial from ...
  14. Banks to Face Tougher Stress Test - Analyst Blog

    November 16, 2012
    Major American banks will have to undergo yet another round of stress tests early next year to prove their financial mettle ...
  15. Bull Vs. Bear - Microsoft On The Rise

    November 15, 2012
    Microsoft has a better chance of going to $60 in the next few years than it does dropping below $20.
  16. Bull Vs. Bear - Microsoft Stinks

    November 15, 2012
    Microsoft is moving away from being a solely OS-based company. Will its forays into mobile and tablets generate solid revenues? ...
  17. The Bizarre Merger Of Jefferies And Leucadia

    November 14, 2012
    Leucadia's bid for Jefferies is curious on many levels. Find out why.
  18. Wall Street Still Isn't Buying Nvidia's Story, But Should You?

    November 13, 2012
    Nvidia is making progress in mobile, but Wall Street doesn't believe it will last. However the stock makes for an interesting ...
  19. Video Game Sales Slump Again - Analyst Blog

    November 12, 2012
    Video game retail sales declined for the eleventh consecutive month in October 2012. According to market research firm NPD, ...
  20. Morgan Stanley to Divest Wealth Biz - Analyst Blog

    November 8, 2012
    Morgan Stanley (MS) has initiated strategic review - a process that generally concludes with divestment- of its Indian private ...
  21. Hawaiian Electric Beats Estimates - Analyst Blog

    November 8, 2012
    Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) announced third-quarter 2012 operating earnings of 49 cents per share, beating the ...
  22. Can Atmel Touch Bottom?

    November 5, 2012
    Can Atmel stay in front of touch controller commoditization?
  23. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co and Other Big Movers In Healthcare ...

    November 1, 2012
    The Nasdaq has moved up 1.5%, the S&P 500 is trading up 1.1% and the Dow has risen 1.1%, marking a bad morning for the ...
  24. Could The iPhone 5 Boost GDP?

    November 1, 2012
    Even though the iPhone 5 failed to meet analysts' sales expectations, it will likely have a positive influence on the U.S. ...
  25. Apple Sends Execs Packing: Is This Good Or Bad News?

    October 31, 2012
    Apple fired its head of retail and head of software October 29 in a shake-up that suggests Tim Cook is managing his way. ...
  26. This Week's Technology Events

    October 30, 2012
    Tech news for the week of October 29.
  27. Yahoo! Puts Its Stamp On Mobile

    October 30, 2012
    Yahoo recently acquired Stamped, an iPhone app that lets you share your favorite things with other people. The acquisition ...
  28. New SPDRs Debut: Positive Momentum And Low Valuation

    October 29, 2012
    State Street became the latest ETF firm to launch factor-based equity ETFs this week, rolling out a pair of funds that will ...
  29. Is Apple A Buy Based On Its Earnings?

    October 26, 2012
    The big question is whether Apple's current earnings "miss" is just transitional or something more serious.
  30. Does Maxim Offer Something For Everybody?

    October 26, 2012
    Maxim is gaining share in mobile, but the next few quarters could be tricky.
  31. Ocwen Wins Bid to Buy ResCap - Analyst Blog

    October 25, 2012
    Recently, Ocwen Financial Corp. (OCN) won a bid to acquire Residential Capital's (ResCap) mortgage-servicing rights (MSRs) ...
  32. Healthcare Stocks, Including Gilead, Making Big Moves on October ...

    October 24, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq remains relatively unchanged, the S&P 500 has risen 0.1% and the Dow has climbed 0.3%. The healthcare ...
  33. Yahoo Surprises, Shares Up - Analyst Blog

    October 23, 2012
    Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) reported third quarter non-GAAP earnings that were up 31.2% sequentially and 81.0% year-over-year, exceeding ...
  34. 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?
  35. What An iPad Mini Could Say About Apple's Competition

    October 23, 2012
    Apple's iPad Mini is not a concession to its competitors, but rather a challenge.
  36. Athena Reports Mixed 3Q; Profit Up - Analyst Blog

    October 19, 2012
    Leading vendor of cloud-based services for physician practices Athenahealth (ATHN) reported third quarter 2012 adjusted (excluding ...
  37. Can Win8 And Surface Change The Tone On Microsoft?

    October 19, 2012
    The market is not expecting much from Microsoft anymore. For that to change, Microsoft has to deliver with Win8 and Surface. ...
  38. Morgan Stanley Beats, Excluding DVA - Analyst Blog

    October 18, 2012
    Morgan Stanley's (MS) third quarter 2012 earnings from continuing operations came in at 28 cents per share, marginally surpassing ...
  39. Fastenal's Valuation Leaves No Room For A Slowdown

    October 15, 2012
    Fastenal continues to leverage the heck out of its store base
  40. Morgan Stanley Third Quarter Earnings Preview

    October 15, 2012
    Analysts are expecting a drop in profit for Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) when it reports its results for the third quarter on ...
  41. Microsoft Increases Dividend By 15%

    October 11, 2012
    Microsoft could well develop into something even more substantial in its next iteration.
  42. Bank Stress Test Process Expands - Analyst Blog

    October 10, 2012
    Bank regulating authorities have finally approved the new stress test rules under the purview of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street ...
  43. 4 Reasons it's Time to Sell Google

    October 10, 2012
    In the fast-changing world of tech stocks, there are few true buy-and-hold opportunities. Great stocks such as Apple (Nasdaq: ...
  44. Microsoft Snaps Up PhoneFactor - Analyst Blog

    October 9, 2012
    Software giant Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) recently announced that it has acquired PhoneFactor, a company that uses smartphones ...
  45. IGT Cloud Solutions Find More Takers - Analyst Blog

    October 4, 2012
    International Game Technology (IGT) will provide IGT Cloud solutions to Olympic Entertainment Group's properties, namely ...
  46. Ocwen to Enter Mortgage Lending Biz - Analyst Blog

    October 4, 2012
    In a bid to expand its operations, Ocwen Financial Corp. (OCN) is preparing to foray into mortgage origination business. ...
  47. Ocwen and Other Financial Stocks Making Big Moves on October ...

    October 3, 2012
    The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq has increased 0.6%; the S&P 500 has moved up 0.4%; and the Dow has ...
  48. Technology Stocks Aren't Just For Growth Anymore

    October 3, 2012
    Despite its go-go glory days, the technology sector is maturing into a dividend hunter's paradise. Payouts are on the rise ...
  49. Bears Appeared on Morgan Stanley

    October 3, 2012
    New York, October 1st ( - Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) ended the trading session lower by $0.1 or ...
  50. FEI and Other Semiconductors Stocks Making Big Moves on October ...

    October 2, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq has remained steady, the S&P 500 has declined 0.1% and the Dow has slipped 0.5%. On a quiet ...
  51. FactSet Posts Decent 4Q - Analyst Blog

    September 27, 2012
    FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS) reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings per share (EPS) of $1.11, ahead of the Zacks Consensus ...
  52. Merrill Penalized by FINRA, Again - Analyst Blog

    September 25, 2012
    For the second time in the last few months, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. - a wholly owned subsidiary of ...
  53. Red Hat Keeps Booking The Deals, But Is It Growing Enough?

    September 25, 2012
    Red Hat's revenue growth is solid, but profitability is still a concern. I'd be inclined to wait on Red Hat in the hopes ...
  54. Citrix May Be A Relative Bargain, But There's A Lot Left To Prove

    September 25, 2012
    Citrix's bargain stock price comes with some real risks.
  55. Create A Rip Van Winkle Portfolio With These 4 Stocks - Investment ...

    September 24, 2012
    There is a difference between trading in stocks and investing in them but too often they get confused as being the same thing. ...
  56. Adobe's Transition Is Necessary, But A Little Turbulent

    September 21, 2012
    Adobe's transition is going well and the stock isn't too expensive.
  57. NetSuite's Valuation Leaves No Room For Error

    September 20, 2012
    NetSuite's valuation seems to already reward tomorrow's success.
  58. CME Unveils New IRS Futures - Analyst Blog

    September 19, 2012
    CME Group Inc. (CME) introduced a new genre of futures contracts that will be linked with deliverable interest rate swaps ...
  59. Yahoo Seals Alibaba Deal - Analyst Blog

    September 19, 2012
    Yahoo Inc.(YHOO) has finally completed a long-awaited $7.6 billion deal with the Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding ...
  60. Oracle Agrees to Acquire SelectMinds - Analyst Blog

    September 19, 2012
    Oracle Corp (ORCL) has agreed to buy SelectMinds, a cloud-based recruiting solutions provider. The acquisition is expected ...
  61. Morgan Stanley's Volcker Woes - Analyst Blog

    September 18, 2012
    According to Reuters, Morgan Stanley's (MS) plans of raising global infrastructure fund may be severely hit by the proposed ...
  62. RBS Initiates IPO of Direct Line - Analyst Blog

    September 17, 2012
    On Friday, as part of the commitment made to the European Union (EU) regulators, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS) ...
  63. IBM Expands in Turkey and Poland - Analyst Blog

    September 14, 2012
    In accordance with its expansionary policy, IT major International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) recently opened a couple ...
  64. Replacements For Disappearing ETFs

    September 13, 2012
    No one can argue just how far the ETF industry has come since the debut of the first ever exchange-traded fund in 1993. The ...
  65. Samsung's Value Recovers After Lawsuit

    September 6, 2012
    Investors looking to buy or sell Samsung would be wise to let factors other than court rulings dictate their positions.
  66. Washed Out Expectations May Help Maxwell From Here

    September 5, 2012
    Reduced expectations may be Maxwell's best friend.
  67. OmniVision Looks Fueled Up For Another Run

    September 5, 2012
    While the volatility of this stock definitely makes this a risky play, I think aggressive investors ought to be considering ...
  68. Microsemi's New RF Solution for SSR - Analyst Blog

    September 5, 2012
    Microsemi Corporation(MSCC), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of a broad range of high-reliability and analog/mixed ...
  69. Can Microsoft Take On Gmail?

    August 31, 2012
    Microsoft's new is the company's attempt to compete with Google's Gmail service.
  70. Vivendi Needs Cooperation To Turn Around

    August 30, 2012
    Vivendi is undervalued but has a lot of work to do.
  71. Bull Vs. Bear - Apple's Industry Dominance Won't Last Forever

    August 30, 2012
    There are already plenty of tablet and smartphone offerings that basically perform the same tasks as Apple devices for a ...
  72. AOL Shows Shareholders The Money

    August 29, 2012
    AOL's long anticipated special dividend was announced August 27.
  73. Healthcare Stocks, Including Eli Lilly, Making Big Moves on August ...

    August 24, 2012
    The Nasdaq has increased 0.6%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.5% and the Dow has moved up 0.6% on a good day for the market ...
  74. Banks to Abide by Volcker Rule - Analyst Blog

    August 22, 2012
    In order to avert yet another financial crisis, the final version of the Volcker rule is expected to be released by U.S. ...
  75. Is Apple Really the Largest Company Ever?

    August 22, 2012
    Many headlines have proclaimed that Apple has broken a record for the most valuable company ever. However, this may not be ...
  76. AIG Sells $250M Notes - Analyst Blog

    August 21, 2012
    Yesterday, American International Group Inc. (AIG) announced the sale of unsecured senior notes worth $250 million. The proceeds ...
  77. CSC Offers Insurance Suite to Aviva - Analyst Blog

    August 21, 2012
    Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) recently licensed its Integral insurance suite to Aviva India. Aviva India, an arm of ...
  78. Samsung Launches New Tablet - Analyst Blog

    August 20, 2012
    Samsung Electronics Co. launched its new tablet Galaxy Note 10.1 in the U.S., Great Britain and South Korea, and promised ...
  79. Bears taking over Morgan Stanley?

    August 17, 2012
    New York, August 17th ( - Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) closed the trading session higher by $0.06 or 0.41% ...
  80. Nvidia Appears To Have A Lot To Prove

    August 13, 2012
    Nvidia seems undervalued on its growth prospects. If the company can grow 5 to 6% over the next decade, these shares ought ...
  81. Pinnacle Loss, Morgan Stanley Sued - Analyst Blog

    August 8, 2012
    Morgan Stanley (MS) has been charged by a Singapore-based firm, Hong Leong Finance Ltd., of selling structured notes that ...
  82. Fossil, Inc. and Other Nasdaq Stocks Making Big Moves

    August 7, 2012
    This morning has been good for the market, with the Nasdaq increasing 0.8%, the S&P 500 moving up 0.7% and the Dow rising ...
  83. Ocwen Reports in Line, Revenue Up - Analyst Blog

    August 3, 2012
    Ocwen Financial Corporation's (OCN) second quarter 2012 earnings of 32 cents per share were in line with the Zacks Consensus ...
  84. IGT Worth A Gamble

    August 1, 2012
    Favorable industry tailwinds are emerging in the domestic gambling space and could help IGT boost its growth to levels not ...
  85. Portfolio Pruning 101

    July 27, 2012
    MoneyShow's Tom Aspray takes an in-depth look at his successful Charts in Play Portfolio, as he looks to take profits on ...
  86. Will This Be The Pause That Refreshes Apple?

    July 27, 2012
    Apple's performance this quarter was much more like a regular tech company, but so long as the next iPhone launch lives up ...
  87. Bull Vs. Bear: Olympic Advertising Worth Shareholders' Money

    July 24, 2012
    The Olympic games is a great time to buy into major Olympic sponsors, such as Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble.
  88. Citi Fears Smith Barney Charge - Analyst Blog

    July 23, 2012
    The surprisingly low valuation made by Morgan Stanley (MS) for its brokerage joint venture - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney ...
  89. Jeremy Lin's Departure: MSG Will Get Along Fine

    July 19, 2012
    Jeremy Lin signed with the Houston Rockets July 18. Linsanity, at least for the Knicks, is over, but MSG will barely skip ...
  90. What's Wrong With America: Goldman Sachs Building Private Bank

    July 18, 2012
    Goldman Sachs announced that it's building a private bank for wealthy clients.
  91. Rumors Roil VMware

    July 18, 2012
    Rumors of a CEO change roil VMware shares.
  92. Goldman Tops Estimate, Revenue Down - Analyst Blog

    July 17, 2012
    The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) reported its second-quarter 2012 earnings per share of $1.78, significantly surpassing ...
  93. BofA Axes Commercial Banking Jobs - Analyst Blog

    July 11, 2012
    In an effort to boost Global Banking segment's profits, Bank of America Corporation (BAC) has been reducing workforce, according ...
  94. Apple Loses Against HTC - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    After winning back-to-back injunctions against Samsung, Apple Inc. (AAPL) suffered major defeat in a patent related case ...
  95. JPMorgan Puts Its Interests Ahead Of Clients

    July 4, 2012
    Brokers at the bank sold underperforming JPMorgan mutual funds to customers despite better choices being available.
  96. Microsoft Recognizes A Multi-Billion Dollar Error

    July 4, 2012
    Microsoft's large goodwill writedown is a reminder of the cost of overpaying in mergers and acquisitions.
  97. AmEx Embracing EMV Technology - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    In an effort to tap the emerging contactless payments market, American Express Company (AXP) is moving to EMV (Europay, Mastercard ...
  98. Preferred Stock ETFs With Huge Dividends

    June 27, 2012
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  99. Harsco Could Be Troughing

    June 27, 2012
    Investors buying Harsco today are buying a troubled and historically unimpressive company on the basis of its potential. ...
  100. JPMorgan Bails Out Junius Fund - Analyst Blog

    June 27, 2012
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) is set to bail out its cash-strapped Junius Real Estate Partners Fund by investing $110 million ...
  101. Large-Cap Value Stocks Are Exactly That ... A Value

    June 22, 2012
    These monster blue chips offer advantages to portfolios in an uncertain economic environment and are currently trading for ...
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