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  1. Why GM's Not A Value Trap

    Why GM's Not A Value Trap

    September 28, 2011
    GM's P/E ratio is less than five right now. That's value trap territory. I'll look at why it's not.
  2. 5 High-Beta Stocks To Watch

    5 High-Beta Stocks To Watch

    September 28, 2011
    Check out five high-beta stocks that can help make your portfolio more exciting.
  3. Five Solar Stocks To Watch

    Five Solar Stocks To Watch

    September 28, 2011
    Alternative energy is definitely a volatile sector, but the pay off can be worth it for investors willing to tolerate the ...
  4. Five Socially Responsible Stocks

    Five Socially Responsible Stocks

    September 28, 2011
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  5. Nike Asks, “What Slowdown?”

    Nike Asks, “What Slowdown?”

    September 28, 2011
    Nike defies a tough consumer market with a very strong performance in its last quarter.
  6. 7 S&P 500 Stocks With Huge Dividends

    7 S&P 500 Stocks With Huge Dividends

    September 28, 2011
    S&P 500 Stocks With Huge Dividends
  7. Attractive Dividend Stocks To Watch

    Attractive Dividend Stocks To Watch

    September 27, 2011
    Dividend yields, despite how insignificant they may seem, are a major component of equity returns as times goes on
  8. Bear Market Lows Return

    Bear Market Lows Return

    September 27, 2011
    The overall market has fallen sharply during the recent investor panic over a recession, but it is still far away from its ...
  9. Diamonds Are A Portfolio's Best Friend

    Diamonds Are A Portfolio's Best Friend

    September 27, 2011
    For investors looking for additional safe havens to place their money, diamonds could be an interesting bet.
  10. Could Platinum Be Better Than Gold?

    Could Platinum Be Better Than Gold?

    September 27, 2011
    As gold has risen and reached parity with platinum, the white metal could be one of the best values in the precious metals ...
  11. 2 Key Reasons Carnival Remains Submerged

    2 Key Reasons Carnival Remains Submerged

    September 26, 2011
    There are two primary drivers to Carnival’s business, and investors may want to wait for clearer indications that they are ...
  12. MELA Gets A Surprising

    MELA Gets A Surprising "Yes"

    September 26, 2011
    MELA gets a stunning approvable letter for MelaFind.
  13. AutoZone's Successful Drive Continues

    AutoZone's Successful Drive Continues

    September 26, 2011
    AutoZone posted yet another outstanding quarter and full fiscal year results. The company and the stock both continue their ...
  14. Time To Invest In Switzerland?

    Time To Invest In Switzerland?

    September 26, 2011
    Swiss stocks may offer a more conservative hiding place.
  15. Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    September 26, 2011
    Regardless of day-to-day stock price swings, not all businesses suffer recession-like setbacks during a recession.
  16. ConAgra Chooses To Move On

    ConAgra Chooses To Move On

    September 26, 2011
    ConAgra seems to be making smarter choices, but is management's strategy enough to significantly improve business?
  17. CarMax's Less Than Maximum Results

    CarMax's Less Than Maximum Results

    September 26, 2011
    CarMax boosted sales in its recent quarter as its selling prices for vehicles rose. Overall results, however, were disappointing. ...
  18. Lennar Not A Bargain Yet

    Lennar Not A Bargain Yet

    September 26, 2011
    Homebuilder Lennar had decreased earnings for its third quarter, as it continues to fight through the housing industry's ...
  19. Despite Inflation Woes India Outshines In Asia

    Despite Inflation Woes India Outshines In Asia

    September 23, 2011
    Despite its inflationary pressures, India's strength and investment potential continues to grow.
  20. Outdoor Advertising Headed In Wrong Direction

    Outdoor Advertising Headed In Wrong Direction

    September 23, 2011
    Is the advertising comeback cooling down?
  21. An Opportunity To Play The Growth In Wind Energy

    An Opportunity To Play The Growth In Wind Energy

    September 23, 2011
    One shining example in the renewable energy space is the wind energy sector. Capacity continues to grow and offers a value ...
  22. Credicorp: Expansion Beyond Financial Services

    Credicorp: Expansion Beyond Financial Services

    September 22, 2011
    The financial services holding company found itself earlier this summer defending the purchase of two private hospitals in ...
  23. More Data, More Profits For FactSet

    More Data, More Profits For FactSet

    September 22, 2011
    FactSet earnings aren't quite as good as they look, but the company continues to produce the free cash flow.
  24. Nu Skin Shedding Market's Troubles

    Nu Skin Shedding Market's Troubles

    September 22, 2011
    Nu Skin is fattening up on high growth Asian markets to shed the global slowdown.
  25. Petrobras Or Statoil: Which Is The Better Stock?

    Petrobras Or Statoil: Which Is The Better Stock?

    September 22, 2011
    Both Petrobras and Statoil are selling for less these days. Find out which is the better stock.
  26. Get More Than An Education In Student Housing REITs

    Get More Than An Education In Student Housing REITs

    September 22, 2011
    With college enrollment continuing to rise and inadequate on-campus student housing affecting many universities, long-term ...
  27. Obama Goes To War With The Oil Industry

    Obama Goes To War With The Oil Industry

    September 22, 2011
    The Obama administration has proposed an expensive jobs bill and is targeting the oil and gas industry to help pay for this ...
  28. Royal Dutch Shell Makes Big Move Into Biofuels

    Royal Dutch Shell Makes Big Move Into Biofuels

    September 22, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell entered into a Brazilian biofuels joint venture with a local company that is a leader in this area.
  29. Pier 1 Now A Productivity Story

    Pier 1 Now A Productivity Story

    September 21, 2011
    Pier 1 continues to improve, but there's still room for improvement.
  30. Endo And Forest – Dumpster-Diving In Pharma

    Endo And Forest – Dumpster-Diving In Pharma

    September 21, 2011
    Endo and Forest have problems; however, the valuations seem excessively low.
  31. Stocks That See No Recession

    Stocks That See No Recession

    September 21, 2011
    Regardless of day-to-day stock price swings, not all businesses suffer recession-like setbacks during a recession.
  32. Central Banks Take Another Kick At The Can

    Central Banks Take Another Kick At The Can

    September 21, 2011
    Central banks take another kick at the can.
  33. Royal Dutch Shell Downstream

    Royal Dutch Shell Downstream

    September 21, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell is not fleeing the downstream business in terror like many of its peers and is instead trying to keep those ...
  34. Tyco Goes Three-For-One

    Tyco Goes Three-For-One

    September 21, 2011
    Tyco looks to finish spinning out its last major businesses.
  35. R&D The Future For Life Sciences Equipment Firms

    R&D The Future For Life Sciences Equipment Firms

    September 20, 2011
    Finding new healthcare solutions will be a paramount concern going forward. For investors, the best way to profit from this ...
  36. Royal Dutch Shell Upstream

    Royal Dutch Shell Upstream

    September 20, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell has made substantial investments in its upstream portfolio and is guiding to 11% production rowth through ...
  37. Is There A Flood Of Oil On The Way?

    Is There A Flood Of Oil On The Way?

    September 20, 2011
    The National Petroleum Council's most recent study concludes that the United States has a huge amount of oil and natural ...
  38. The Top 5 Holdings Of Buffett’s New Protégé

    The Top 5 Holdings Of Buffett’s New Protégé

    September 20, 2011
    Learn more about Ted Weschler's five largest investment holdings.
  39. Colfax Makes A Bold Bid

    Colfax Makes A Bold Bid

    September 19, 2011
    Colfax makes an almost unbelievable bid for Charter International.
  40. Buffett's New Buffett-Like Manager

    Buffett's New Buffett-Like Manager

    September 19, 2011
    Ted Weschler's deep value approach and conviction on large stakes is well in line with the Buffett methodology.
  41. Royal Dutch Shell Strategy Update

    Royal Dutch Shell Strategy Update

    September 19, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell held its twice a year strategy update and is well along in meeting goals set out in 2010.
  42. AmBev Brewery Is Chugging Ahead Of Its Peers

    AmBev Brewery Is Chugging Ahead Of Its Peers

    September 19, 2011
    The Brazilian brewer is getting near a 52-week high. I'll look at three reasons to own the Latin American ADR.
  43. 3 Reasons To Bite Into Ruth's Hospitality Group

    3 Reasons To Bite Into Ruth's Hospitality Group

    September 19, 2011
    Ruth's Hospitality continues a three-year rebound. Here's why it should continue.
  44. Will United Technologies Land Goodrich?

    Will United Technologies Land Goodrich?

    September 19, 2011
    UTX is rumored to be shopping for a major aircraft component player.
  45. McGraw-Hill Plans To Split

    McGraw-Hill Plans To Split

    September 16, 2011
    McGraw-Hill will split into two public companies after pressure from shareholders.
  46. Be Your Own Venture Capitalist With These Stocks

    Be Your Own Venture Capitalist With These Stocks

    September 16, 2011
    By doing some digging, there are ways for the average joe to become his/her own venture capital fund.
  47. Big Yield Dividend, No-Net-Debt Companies

    Big Yield Dividend, No-Net-Debt Companies

    September 16, 2011
    Dividends do matter but only when they can be counted on to be paid consistently.
  48. When Markets Decline, Stock Prices Get Better

    When Markets Decline, Stock Prices Get Better

    September 16, 2011
    When prices are declining the opportunity to find businesses selling for less than intrinsic worth increases.
  49. Clarcor's Growth Story A Little Gummed Up

    Clarcor's Growth Story A Little Gummed Up

    September 16, 2011
    Do Clarcor's growth problems prove that the filtration sector has slowed down?
  50. Enticing Yields From REITs

    Enticing Yields From REITs

    September 16, 2011
    The commercial real estate sector is offering some big dividends. The recent market sell-off is an opportunity for investors ...
  51. When Times Are Tough, Should Investors Go Swiss?

    When Times Are Tough, Should Investors Go Swiss?

    September 15, 2011
    Swiss stocks may offer a more conservative hiding place.
  52. Conoco Phillips Moves Forward On Separation

    Conoco Phillips Moves Forward On Separation

    September 15, 2011
    Conoco Phillips is moving forward on its plan to separate into stand alone upstream and down stream properties. The company ...
  53. Best Buy Needs To Tune Out The Haters

    Best Buy Needs To Tune Out The Haters

    September 15, 2011
    Best Buy has problems, but short-term fixes are not the answer.
  54. 3 Reasons To Own Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

    3 Reasons To Own Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

    September 15, 2011
    Despite a global economy that is still sick, I'll look at three reasons Royal Caribbean is worth buying right now.
  55. FuelCell Energy – Is The Corner In Sight?

    FuelCell Energy – Is The Corner In Sight?

    September 14, 2011
    FuelCell makes its first ever gross profit, but real success is still far away.
  56. Neenah Paper: Spin-Off Ready To Takeoff

    Neenah Paper: Spin-Off Ready To Takeoff

    September 14, 2011
    Neenah Paper was spun-off by Kimberly-Clark in December of 2004. Since then it's been mostly downhill, but there are some ...
  57. National Fuel Gas - Powered By The Marcellus Shale

    National Fuel Gas - Powered By The Marcellus Shale

    September 14, 2011
    National Fuel Gas has plans to transform itself into a high growth story in exploration and production.
  58. Conn's Coming Back To Life

    Conn's Coming Back To Life

    September 13, 2011
    Conn’s appears to have weathered the worst of the storm that has hit its core consumer base.
  59. NewMarket Is Growth At A Reasonable Price

    NewMarket Is Growth At A Reasonable Price

    September 13, 2011
    NewMarket's second quarter revenues grew 24% and EPS 40%. Yet it trades at a forward P/E of less than 10. It's growth at ...
  60. K-Swiss Is Speculative But Tons Of Potential Remains

    K-Swiss Is Speculative But Tons Of Potential Remains

    September 13, 2011
    K-Swiss is losing money by the bucketfull. I'll look at why it's a very "speculative" buy right now.
  61. Gaylord Entertainment Is Looking Very Hospitable

    Gaylord Entertainment Is Looking Very Hospitable

    September 13, 2011
    Gaylord Entertainment's Q2 was its best in recent memory and its stock is cheap. I'll look at the reasons why now is the ...
  62. International Paper Wraps Up Temple-Inland

    International Paper Wraps Up Temple-Inland

    September 13, 2011
    IP and Temple-Inland make a deal. Find out what it means for investors.
  63. Big Yields In A Low-Rate Environment

    Big Yields In A Low-Rate Environment

    September 12, 2011
    Over a period of years, it's likely that carefully chosen dividend-paying stocks will provide a higher return than Treasuries ...
  64. The Troubling Mathematics Of The Chicken Business

    The Troubling Mathematics Of The Chicken Business

    September 12, 2011
    You can slice and dice the chicken business however you want - all these companies will still get broiled in the end.
  65. Marcellus Shale Ethane Production

    Marcellus Shale Ethane Production

    September 12, 2011
    Developing the Marcellus Shale and other liquids-rich oil and gas basins is increasing ethane production, leading to a massive ...
  66. America's Best Banks Of 2006: A Look Back

    America's Best Banks Of 2006: A Look Back

    September 9, 2011
    We'll look at a 2006 list of America's Best Banks and what happened to some of these institutions over the intervening years. ...
  67. 3 Ways To Play Japan's Mitsui & Co.

    3 Ways To Play Japan's Mitsui & Co.

    September 9, 2011
    Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. is trading at an extemely low valuation. Learn how to take advantage of this opportunity. ...
  68. BlackRock's Bold ETF Play

    BlackRock's Bold ETF Play

    September 9, 2011
    BlackRock looks to launch ETFs that do not have to make daily disclosures.
  69. Lululemon – Does Success Have To Make Sense?

    Lululemon – Does Success Have To Make Sense?

    September 9, 2011
    Lululemon just continues to put up the numbers.
  70. Say Hello To Laredo Petroleum Holdings

    Say Hello To Laredo Petroleum Holdings

    September 9, 2011
    Laredo Petroleum Holdings will soon be the newest public exploration and production company via a recently announced initial ...
  71. Playing Pennsylvania's Natural Gas Boom

    Playing Pennsylvania's Natural Gas Boom

    September 9, 2011
    Tapping natural gas in the Marcellus Shale rock formation has just recently begun, and for investors it represents one of ...
  72. The Transatlantic Holdings Merger Timeline

    The Transatlantic Holdings Merger Timeline

    September 8, 2011
    A timeline of three proposed buyouts of Transatlantic Holdings.
  73. Navistar Gets More Than The Benefit Of The Doubt

    Navistar Gets More Than The Benefit Of The Doubt

    September 8, 2011
    Navistar is undervalued, but only if it executes better than it has.
  74. Cedar Fair's Dividend Growth Ride

    Cedar Fair's Dividend Growth Ride

    September 8, 2011
    Amusement park operator Cedar Fair has had a bumpy ride the last couple of years, but its improved results made it an intriguing ...
  75. 3 Stocks On Sale

    3 Stocks On Sale

    September 7, 2011
    The market's summer selloff has brought stock prices down to attractive levels for some good companies.
  76. Playing Athabasca's Multiple Suitors

    Playing Athabasca's Multiple Suitors

    September 7, 2011
    With oil prices once again on the rise, unconventional fuel plays begin to make economic sense. The vast Athabasca oil shale ...
  77. Sanchez Energy Working The Eagle Ford Shale

    Sanchez Energy Working The Eagle Ford Shale

    September 7, 2011
    Sanchez Energy plans an initial public offering and will be active almost exclusively in developing the Eagle Ford Shale ...
  78. Say Hello To Matador Resources

    Say Hello To Matador Resources

    September 6, 2011
    Matador Resources has filed for an initial public offering of stock and will soon become the latest public company in the ...
  79. 4 Energy Stocks With Little Or No Debt

    4 Energy Stocks With Little Or No Debt

    September 6, 2011
    The possibility of another recession and the resulting drop in cash flows raises the issue of survivability by companies ...
  80. FDIC Reports Profitable Banking System

    FDIC Reports Profitable Banking System

    September 6, 2011
    The latest quarterly banking profile from the FDIC indicates a profitable United States banking system. Investors might consider ...
  81. Why Dollar General Caught Buffett's Eye

    Why Dollar General Caught Buffett's Eye

    September 5, 2011
    Dollar General shareholders should be able to count on annual returns around 10% over the long haul.
  82. DSW Is Well-Heeled

    DSW Is Well-Heeled

    September 5, 2011
    Discount shoe retailer DSW posted an impressive second quarter as it continues to produce solid earnings and outstanding ...
  83. Energy Companies Reporting Net Losses

    Energy Companies Reporting Net Losses

    September 5, 2011
    Some exploration and production companies reported GAAP losses in the second quarter of 2011. Sometimes these are caused ...
  84. Brown-Forman's Honey Whiskey A Winner

    Brown-Forman's Honey Whiskey A Winner

    September 2, 2011
    Brown-Forman, known for its Jack Daniel's whiskey, posted sales and earnings gains for its fiscal first quarter, led by its ...
  85. Does The Fresh Market Have A Real Chance?

    Does The Fresh Market Have A Real Chance?

    September 2, 2011
    This emerging food retailer is growing well, but the valuation seems overripe.
  86. XOMA Rearranges The Deck Chairs One More Time

    XOMA Rearranges The Deck Chairs One More Time

    September 2, 2011
    XOMA changes management again, but should anybody care?
  87. 4 Defensive Names Near All-Time Highs

    4 Defensive Names Near All-Time Highs

    September 2, 2011
    Consumers are continuing to spend in certain categories, and some discretionary names have notched new price highs, even ...
  88. "Risk-Free" Short Play on XL Group

    September 2, 2011
    The charts and a well-known trading system suggest more downside ahead for insurance giant XL Group (XL), and with an important ...
  89. DryShips Still Leaking

    DryShips Still Leaking

    September 2, 2011
    The drybulk market is miserable, but DryShips is eeking through it.
  90. Enbridge Grows With The Bakken

    Enbridge Grows With The Bakken

    September 2, 2011
    Enbridge is in the middle of a large expansion of its pipeline system in the United States and Canada to accomodate growing ...
  91. Casella Waste – Even The Environmental Sector Has Challenges

    Casella Waste – Even The Environmental Sector Has Challenges

    September 1, 2011
    Casella Waste has neither the momentum nor the capital structure to excite investors.
  92. MDU Resources Analyst Day Review

    MDU Resources Analyst Day Review

    September 1, 2011
    MDU Resources Analyst Day
  93. Build a Winning Watch List

    Build a Winning Watch List

    September 1, 2011
    A good watch list of equities can help traders act quickly and decisively when a set-up is presented, while ensuring they ...
  94. 2 Ways to Trade Options on EW

    2 Ways to Trade Options on EW

    September 1, 2011
    Shares of medical products provider Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are showing a bullish chart pattern that can be traded using ...
  95. 3 Defensive ETFs with Strong Technicals

    3 Defensive ETFs with Strong Technicals

    September 1, 2011
    Some of the defensive sectors look like they will continue to show strength, says Michael Thompson, who travels the country ...
  96. This Week's Activist Filings

    This Week's Activist Filings

    September 1, 2011
    With quality names like Deere and seemingly cheap retailers like Big 5 Sporting Goods on the list, some value-creating potential ...
  97. USGS Updates Marcellus Shale Resource Assessment

    USGS Updates Marcellus Shale Resource Assessment

    September 1, 2011
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has increased its estimate of the amount of resources present in the Marcellus Shale. Industry ...
  98. The Time For China Is Now

    The Time For China Is Now

    August 31, 2011
    With concerns about inflation and slowing growth, Chinese equities have fallen hard over the last few weeks. However, the ...
  99. 5 High-Beta Stocks To Watch

    5 High-Beta Stocks To Watch

    August 31, 2011
    Check out five high-beta stocks that can help make your portfolio more exciting.
  100. 3 Reasons David Einhorn Bought Aeropostale Shares

    3 Reasons David Einhorn Bought Aeropostale Shares

    August 31, 2011
    David Einhorn bought 3.4 million shares of the hurting retailer in the second quarter. I'll hypothesize why.
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