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  1. Defensive ETFs for a Tough Market

    Defensive ETFs for a Tough Market

    August 18, 2011
    With the US market facing extreme pressure, these three ETFs are designed to provide relative safety and/or yields for defensive-minded ...
  2. Earnings Preview for August 18: Toro, Tech Data (SSI, SMRT, TECD, ...

    Earnings Preview for August 18: Toro, Tech Data (SSI, SMRT, TECD, ...

    August 17, 2011
    Here are four companies that will be releasing their earnings on August 18.
  3. 5 Bullish Macd Crossovers

    5 Bullish Macd Crossovers

    August 17, 2011
    Knowing when trends are about to reverse is tricky business, but the MACD can help.
  4. The Big Mac Index and Currency ETFs

    The Big Mac Index and Currency ETFs

    August 17, 2011
    The “Big Mac Index” suggests a new long-term trend for the Chinese yuan while the US dollar tries to bottom. These ETFs could ...
  5. VIX: What It Is (And Is Not)

    VIX: What It Is (And Is Not)

    August 17, 2011
    One expert dispels certain misconceptions about the Volatility Index (VIX) and describes several ways traders can capitalize ...
  6. Betting On Healthcare's Growth Engine

    Betting On Healthcare's Growth Engine

    August 17, 2011
    In the wake of big pharma's patent cliff and slowing R&D spending, the biotech sector is looking good for investors. ...
  7. Heed the Wisdom of Crowds

    Heed the Wisdom of Crowds

    August 17, 2011
    Paul Winkler, an advisor, coach, and TV and radio host in Nashville, says things usually end badly for investors who try ...
  8. Boring Blue Chips

    Boring Blue Chips

    August 17, 2011
    With most of the market commentary filled with dire predictions, many long-term investors are now carefully looking for value. ...
  9. 3 Reasons To Own Magna International

    3 Reasons To Own Magna International

    August 16, 2011
    The auto parts maker's EV/EBITDA is less than four times EBITDA, making it very appealing right now.
  10. Nordstrom Remains In Fashion

    Nordstrom Remains In Fashion

    August 16, 2011
    Nordstrom shares trade at a decent valuation level for prospective investors.
  11. JC Penney In A Flat Spot

    JC Penney In A Flat Spot

    August 16, 2011
    Department store JC Penney had a tough second quarter, as its middle-income customer base was pressed by the latest wave ...
  12. Devon Energy - Q2 2011 Review

    Devon Energy - Q2 2011 Review

    August 16, 2011
    Devon Energy developed the company's core properties in the Barnett Shale in the second quarter of 2011, while also setting ...
  13. Bullish News For Agriculture

    Bullish News For Agriculture

    August 16, 2011
    The recent USDA crop report highlights the long-term potential for ag-related equities.
  14. Buybacks To Create Value

    Buybacks To Create Value

    August 16, 2011
    Buybacks will generate tremendous value for shareholders who are patient enough to let the leverage created take effect. ...
  15. Is Yahoo Undervalued?

    Is Yahoo Undervalued?

    August 15, 2011
    In comparison to other technology companies, Yahoo trades at a very attractive earnings, sales and economic book value multiples ...
  16. Niobrara - The Good, Bad and Unknown

    Niobrara - The Good, Bad and Unknown

    August 15, 2011
    The development of the Niobrara formation advanced during the second quarter of 2011, with companies reporting results ranging ...
  17. Mississippian Oil Play Gaining Traction

    Mississippian Oil Play Gaining Traction

    August 15, 2011
    A new Mississippian oil play in the Mid Continent area of the United States has atttracted more interest from the exploration ...
  18. 3 Reasons To Own International Paper

    3 Reasons To Own International Paper

    August 15, 2011
    Find out why International Paper is a buy, with or without Temple-Inland.
  19. 5 Plays That Avoid US Markets Entirely

    5 Plays That Avoid US Markets Entirely

    August 14, 2011
    Asia is our favorite region among the emerging markets and we expect the region will lead any emerging-markets rally this ...
  20. Bonds That Look Better Than Treasuries

    Bonds That Look Better Than Treasuries

    August 14, 2011
    Instability in the political and economic spheres has meant a shift from Treasuries to corporate bonds in recent weeks, writes ...
  21. Option Trader Bets Big on Coach (COH)

    Option Trader Bets Big on Coach (COH)

    August 14, 2011
    Clearly counting on slow spending in the luxury retail sector, one option trader has structured a bear put spread on Coach, ...
  22. 3 Undervalued Stocks Ready to Run

    3 Undervalued Stocks Ready to Run

    August 13, 2011
    Panic selling notoriously produces great value opportunities, and these three stocks appear deeply undervalued when using ...
  23. 99 Cents Only Stores Profits Edge Up

    99 Cents Only Stores Profits Edge Up

    August 12, 2011
    Dollar retailer 99 Cents Only increased revenue and profits despite product-cost increases.
  24. Pinedale Field Keeps On Ticking

    Pinedale Field Keeps On Ticking

    August 12, 2011
    The Pinedale Field in Wyoming has enormous natural gas resources that can be developed at a low cost.
  25. How to Fade Morning Gaps

    How to Fade Morning Gaps

    August 12, 2011
    Stocks that are in the news and the market indices themselves often gap up or down in the morning, creating good trading ...
  26. Utilities: A Better Choice Than Bonds

    Utilities: A Better Choice Than Bonds

    August 12, 2011
    With investors seeking safety in treasury bonds, the yields on certain traditional equity income sectors are at juicy levels. ...
  27. 2 ETFs to Play the Debt Downgrade

    2 ETFs to Play the Debt Downgrade

    August 11, 2011
    Dr. Chris Kacher, co-founder of SelfishInvesting.com, says precious metals appear poised for further gains in light of a ...
  28. 2 Oversold High-Yield Stocks

    2 Oversold High-Yield Stocks

    August 11, 2011
    Two of Big Pharma’s finest are looking quite oversold at current levels, and while risk remains, both pay handsome yields ...
  29. 6 Smart International Income ETFs

    6 Smart International Income ETFs

    August 11, 2011
    More than half of the real return provided by US stocks in the past century came from dividends…and in the international ...
  30. Why Invest in MLPs?

    Why Invest in MLPs?

    August 11, 2011
    There are minor differences between Master Limited Partnerships and normal stocks, but MLPs have many distinct advantages ...
  31. 5 Stocks At 52-Week Lows

    5 Stocks At 52-Week Lows

    August 11, 2011
    Are these companies on a downward spiral or gearing up for a rebound?
  32. 3 Stocks for the Coming Rally

    3 Stocks for the Coming Rally

    August 11, 2011
    It always pays to not dwell on what happened but what lies ahead...and in this case, position yourself in the best sectors ...
  33. Macquarie's Upside Potential

    Macquarie's Upside Potential

    August 11, 2011
    Macquarie Infrastructure's stock has considerable potential upside going forward.
  34. MGM Resorts Slowly Improving Its Fortunes

    MGM Resorts Slowly Improving Its Fortunes

    August 11, 2011
    MGM Resorts' forward prospects may remain limited given the firm's heavy debt load.
  35. Value To Be Had In Europe

    Value To Be Had In Europe

    August 11, 2011
    The recent market rout has giving investors a chance to purchase quality European equities at cheaper prices.
  36. 4 Energy Companies Increasing EUR's

    4 Energy Companies Increasing EUR's

    August 11, 2011
    A higher ultimate estimated recovery for wells drilled into shale and unconventional resource basins has boosted the value ...
  37. Tyson Almost Ready To Serve

    Tyson Almost Ready To Serve

    August 11, 2011
    Tyson is oh-so close to being an interesting buy candidate.
  38. Asia's Dragon-Sized Dividends

    Asia's Dragon-Sized Dividends

    August 10, 2011
    When investors look towards Asia, they tend to focus on the growth aspects. Beyond growth, Asia actually has a lot to offer ...
  39. Berkshire Hathaway Makes An Unusual Bid For Transatlantic

    Berkshire Hathaway Makes An Unusual Bid For Transatlantic

    August 10, 2011
    Berkshire makes an odd bid for an in-play reinsurance giant.
  40. Finding Solace In Non-Financial Dividends

    Finding Solace In Non-Financial Dividends

    August 10, 2011
    With the recent market maelstrom, investors have once again begun the flight to quality. Adding a dose of non-financial dividends ...
  41. What Do AA+ And AAA Credit Ratings Mean?

    What Do AA+ And AAA Credit Ratings Mean?

    August 10, 2011
    Whether you held a AAA or AA+ rating, the difference didn't seem to matter to Mr. Market on Monday.
  42. Invest In Necessity

    Invest In Necessity

    August 9, 2011
    Today's market is not serving up opportunities for significant upside without assuming excessive risk. Investors should have ...
  43. BD Healthy, But No Great Bargain

    BD Healthy, But No Great Bargain

    August 9, 2011
    BD is not the cheapest health care name, but it comes with a lot of quality.
  44. VCA Antech: Generous C-Suite Compensation Provides Opportunity

    VCA Antech: Generous C-Suite Compensation Provides Opportunity

    August 9, 2011
    VCA Antech's four named executive officers stand to make as much as $30.2 million when they retire. Surprisingly, this payout ...
  45. Rowan Companies Sees Upturn Around The Corner

    Rowan Companies Sees Upturn Around The Corner

    August 9, 2011
    Rowan Companies expressed optimism on the future demand for offshore drilling rigs. The company is also at the end of its ...
  46. Higher CAPEX Spending Makes Oil Service Stocks A Buy

    Higher CAPEX Spending Makes Oil Service Stocks A Buy

    August 9, 2011
    In response to rising oil and gas prices, many E&P firms have doubled their capital spending programs to meet demand. ...
  47. CVS Still Needs to Prove Itself

    CVS Still Needs to Prove Itself

    August 9, 2011
    A potential merger of two archrivals could increase the competitive environment for CVS significantly.
  48. 4 Ways To Trade The VIX

    4 Ways To Trade The VIX

    August 9, 2011
    Trading volatility is an interesting idea, but current ETFs and ETNs do a fairly poor job of it.
  49. Onshore Development Not A Sure Thing

    Onshore Development Not A Sure Thing

    August 8, 2011
    Unsuccessful wells reported by operators developing onshore unconventional properties in the U.S. contradict the conventional ...
  50. Seaboard Makes A Great Christmas Gift

    Seaboard Makes A Great Christmas Gift

    August 8, 2011
    This obscure mid cap makes a great stocking stuffer. Here's why.
  51. Southern Copper Digs Up Doubled Earnings

    Southern Copper Digs Up Doubled Earnings

    August 8, 2011
    Southern Copper continues to put up impressive earnings numbers as Dr. Copper is doing very well despite global economic ...
  52. HSBC On A Faster Track To Recovery

    HSBC On A Faster Track To Recovery

    August 8, 2011
    HSBC is in better shape than its valuation suggests.
  53. Should Investors Ride Along With Ctrip?

    Should Investors Ride Along With Ctrip?

    August 8, 2011
    Ctrip is a fine growth name in China, but analysts seem to be expecting a nearly impossible performance level.
  54. The Biggest Losers

    The Biggest Losers

    August 7, 2011
    Thursday was bad for almost everyone, but the biotech and materials sectors suffered the most. Let’s look at sector ETFs ...
  55. 6 Dividend Stocks Paying High Yields

    6 Dividend Stocks Paying High Yields

    August 7, 2011
    John Buckingham of The Prudent Speculator likes undervalued large caps with dividend yields better than the ten-year Treasury. ...
  56. Market Corrections Are Normal

    Market Corrections Are Normal

    August 6, 2011
    Corrections are part of the normal cycle, and are useful because they allow new, innovative companies to come to the forefront, ...
  57. 4 Stocks That Will Grow in This Market

    4 Stocks That Will Grow in This Market

    August 6, 2011
    What a lot of investors don’t realize is that while investing is difficult, it doesn’t have to be complicated, and Joel Greenblatt ...
  58. Carbo Ceramics Rides The Onshore Oil And Gas Boom

    Carbo Ceramics Rides The Onshore Oil And Gas Boom

    August 5, 2011
    Carbo Ceramics is generating huge growth in revenues and earnings from the boom in onshore development of oil and gas resources ...
  59. Can Drilling Growth Prop Up Carbo Ceramics?

    Can Drilling Growth Prop Up Carbo Ceramics?

    August 5, 2011
    Carbo Ceramics needs to boost capacity and see overseas demand improve.
  60. Profiting From The Deal Boom

    Profiting From The Deal Boom

    August 5, 2011
    Despite the recent headways in the markets, IPO and M&A activity is way up. Learn how to play it.
  61. 3 Reasons To Own Veolia Environnement

    3 Reasons To Own Veolia Environnement

    August 5, 2011
    This French large-cap is incredibly diversified both by lines of business and geography. I'll look at three reasons why now's ...
  62. PHEVs And REITs Finally Say Hello

    PHEVs And REITs Finally Say Hello

    August 5, 2011
    With energy prices continuing their long-term climb, the outlook for electric vehicles is glowing. The recent introduction ...
  63. The Vistaprint Roller-Coaster Screams Down Again

    The Vistaprint Roller-Coaster Screams Down Again

    August 5, 2011
    Vistaprint is ridiculously volatile, but perhaps too cheap today.
  64. Herbalife – Stealth Emerging Market Play?

    Herbalife – Stealth Emerging Market Play?

    August 5, 2011
    Herbalife continues to reap amazing growth from emerging markets.
  65. Penn Virginia Still A Solid Resource Income Play

    Penn Virginia Still A Solid Resource Income Play

    August 5, 2011
    Penn Virginia is a good resource income play, but not a terribly cheap one.
  66. The Case For The Industrial Sector

    The Case For The Industrial Sector

    August 4, 2011
    They are "old school", and maybe even a little boring, but industrials can sure put up the numbers.
  67. Grow Your Portfolio With Agriculture Funds

    Grow Your Portfolio With Agriculture Funds

    August 4, 2011
    Agriculture commodities can play a complementary role for an investor’s portfolio.
  68. Kellogg Reaps Pricing Benefits

    Kellogg Reaps Pricing Benefits

    August 4, 2011
    Kellogg turned in a solid second quarter performance, as they've been able to make the pricing issue work for them.
  69. The Perpetual Boston Scientific Turnaround Story

    The Perpetual Boston Scientific Turnaround Story

    August 4, 2011
    Another quarter brings another hope for better days at BSX.
  70. Amazon's Growth Trumps Its Spending - For Now

    Amazon's Growth Trumps Its Spending - For Now

    August 4, 2011
    Amazon turned in massive revenue growth, but its spending initiatives dampened profit. The market approved - for now.
  71. 4 Small Funds with Big-League Strength

    4 Small Funds with Big-League Strength

    August 4, 2011
    These are some of the smallest funds in the Morningstar 500 and they’re being ignored by fund investors, but they’ve really ...
  72. Teva And Mylan Show Some Value Remains In Generics

    Teva And Mylan Show Some Value Remains In Generics

    August 4, 2011
    These two generics companies seem to be heading in opposite directions, but the values are similar.
  73. 3 Reasons To Own Neuberger Berman's High Yield Strategies Fund

    3 Reasons To Own Neuberger Berman's High Yield Strategies Fund

    August 3, 2011
    Morningstar gives it five stars. There's no reason why your micro-cap investments shouldn't have a little yield to go along ...
  74. Covidien's Image Starting To Change

    Covidien's Image Starting To Change

    August 3, 2011
    Find out why Covidien is much better than many investors assume.
  75. The Best ETF for Trading Energy

    The Best ETF for Trading Energy

    August 3, 2011
    Popular ETFs like USO and XLE get most of the headlines, but the charts show that a lesser-known but highly liquid ETF has ...
  76. Trade Quick Moves with Weekly Options

    Trade Quick Moves with Weekly Options

    August 3, 2011
    Weekly options are valuable tools for capitalizing on short-term market moves, and this recent trade example in Amazon.com ...
  77. Silver Still Sparkles Value

    Silver Still Sparkles Value

    August 3, 2011
    With both investment and industrial demand at its back, several top commodities analysts predict much higher prices in the ...
  78. Oil Service Companies Love Iraq

    Oil Service Companies Love Iraq

    August 3, 2011
    Oil service companies are seeing an increase in business from customers working in Iraq, as the country works toward its ...
  79. Corning Is Priced To Move

    Corning Is Priced To Move

    August 2, 2011
    In February, Corning hit a 2011 high of $23.43. Since then, its stock is down 27% and 11.4% year-to-date. Its stock is priced ...
  80. Three Reasons To Own Thomas & Betts

    Three Reasons To Own Thomas & Betts

    August 2, 2011
    There's a lot to like about Thomas & Betts useful products. So much so, you might want to consider buying the company. ...
  81. Top Dividend Stocks Owned By The Pros

    Top Dividend Stocks Owned By The Pros

    August 2, 2011
    Selecting from the top dividend stocks owned by professional investors may give your portfolio a boost.
  82. Fidelity National Less Of A Bargain

    Fidelity National Less Of A Bargain

    August 2, 2011
    Fidelity National is no longer the bargain it was earlier in the year.
  83. Hasbro Is A Great Play

    Hasbro Is A Great Play

    August 1, 2011
    Hasbro is transforming a tough summer into a great long-term investment.
  84. Market Dislikes 3M's Quarter

    Market Dislikes 3M's Quarter

    August 1, 2011
    Industrial giant and Dow component 3M had a strong quarter, but not strong enough for the market's tastes. Investors concerned ...
  85. Warren Buffett Does the Work of 5 Men

    Warren Buffett Does the Work of 5 Men

    July 31, 2011
    The Oracle’s succession plan will likely split his role among as many as five advisers, handing the leadership, day-to-day ...
  86. RIM at a Standstill

    RIM at a Standstill

    July 31, 2011
    The forefather of the “smartphone” movement is now trading near 6-year lows…and it may get worse, writes Anthony John Agnello ...
  87. Amazon's Good But It's No Apple

    Amazon's Good But It's No Apple

    July 30, 2011
    The e-commerce powerhouse is advancing on many fronts, but the faster-growing Macs maker is six times cheaper, writes MoneyShow.com ...
  88. Investing In Africa's Oil Bonanza

    Investing In Africa's Oil Bonanza

    July 29, 2011
    Africa is quickly moving to become the next oil and gas superstar nation.
  89. Citi Says To Stay Thirsty

    Citi Says To Stay Thirsty

    July 29, 2011
    With its supply and demand imbalance in place, water could be one of the best long-term plays for a portfolio. Citigroup’s ...
  90. Newfield Exploration Company Loves The Uinta Basin

    Newfield Exploration Company Loves The Uinta Basin

    July 29, 2011
    Newfield Exploration Company is increasing its involvement in the Uinta Basin as the company sees additional potential in ...
  91. 3 Stocks Swirling the Drain

    3 Stocks Swirling the Drain

    July 29, 2011
    Borders, the second largest bookstore in the US—like Blockbuster before it—failed to surprise Wall Street as it went under ...
  92. When to Favor Options Over Stocks

    When to Favor Options Over Stocks

    July 29, 2011
    Traders choose options over stocks for their versatility and limited risk, but there are certain drawbacks as well. These ...
  93. Kimberly-Clark’s Conservative Bias

    Kimberly-Clark’s Conservative Bias

    July 29, 2011
    Kimberly-Clark investors should be able to count on double-digit total returns over the long haul.
  94. 5 Tech Stocks to Buy Now

    5 Tech Stocks to Buy Now

    July 28, 2011
    Tech is leading the way, so it’s important to find some good tech companies with plenty of headroom, writes Louis Navellier ...
  95. Herbalife, Tupperware Win the Future

    Herbalife, Tupperware Win the Future

    July 28, 2011
    Direct-selling stocks are red hot, riding consumer booms overseas while benefiting from the economic hardships on home soil, ...
  96. 2 Funds For Capturing Global Returns

    2 Funds For Capturing Global Returns

    July 28, 2011
    Charles Zhang shares his ideas on the best ways to respond to the current market uncertainty in today’s interview, telling ...
  97. Read Option Chains Like a Pro

    Read Option Chains Like a Pro

    July 28, 2011
    Using a real option chain as an example, learn to extract the most vital information, block out the “noise,” and spot more ...
  98. All Is Well At Honeywell

    All Is Well At Honeywell

    July 28, 2011
    Honeywell is well positioned to take advantage of an eventual recovery in global industrial economic activity.
  99. ConocoPhillips Is A Strong Buy

    ConocoPhillips Is A Strong Buy

    July 28, 2011
    This oil giant has been experiencing strong top and bottom line growth over the last three years, yet remains undervalued. ...
  100. McDonald's Continues To Reinvent

    McDonald's Continues To Reinvent

    July 28, 2011
    McDonalds continues to defy the normal rules of growth and leverage.
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