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  1. Treasury Shares Wreak Havoc On Retained Earnings

    December 14, 2010
    Aeropostale's retirement of 47.5 million shares in October is worth looking into.
  2. 4 Super Safe Dividends

    December 6, 2010
    With alternative investment classes yielding little to nothing, such safe dividend plays should not be taken for granted ...
  3. Video Gaming Sees Light Of Day

    November 29, 2010
    Did the video gaming industry just remember the winning formula? It's time for investors to put these stocks back on the ...
  4. The Nuance Story Is Not All That Subtle

    November 24, 2010
    Nuance Communications is growing well enough, but red flags may deem it off-limits to some investors.
  5. Novell's Weird Public Journey Ends

    November 23, 2010
    Novell's run as a public company comes to an inglorious end.
  6. 3 Technology Stocks Outperforming The Market

    November 12, 2010
    The tech sector has lead the broad market in 2010, and these three stocks are near the top of the pile.
  7. Highest Trading Stocks

    October 28, 2010
    These stocks have the highest trading volume on the market. But does heavy trading equate to success for these companies? ...
  8. Opportunities In Growing Chile

    October 26, 2010
    With a stable government, low debt and vast natural resources, Chile is emerging as one of South America’s superstars.
  9. The Changing Face Of Google

    October 21, 2010
    As Google diversifies its business model beyond internet search, it is interesting to predict what Google will become in ...
  10. 5 Strong Small-Cap Stocks

    October 12, 2010
    5 small-cap stocks outperforming the market in 2010.
  11. Media Mashup: Who Owns Whom?

    September 27, 2010
    You'd be surprised by how many publications fall under the umbrella of one company. Discover the big media companies and ...
  12. Top 5 Global Brands

    September 27, 2010
    Several American companies topped Interbrand's list of the most valuable global brands.
  13. Facebook Surpasses Google

    September 13, 2010
    As social networking continues to gain international acceptance, Facebook will continue to grow.
  14. 4 Companies That Should Have Sold Out

    September 9, 2010
    When company management gets unreasonably stubborn and refuses a merger or buyout, shareholders often pay the price.
  15. Own Apple For Less Than Market Price

    August 30, 2010
    There are ways to purchase Apple stock for less than the current price. Read on to find out how.
  16. Is The New General Motors Really New?

    August 26, 2010
    Although General Motors is in better financial shape, it will still have to come out with car models that the public wants ...
  17. Best Bet In The Dow 30

    August 19, 2010
    According to Bespoke Investment Group, five stocks in the Dow 30 were oversold as of August 13.
  18. Lowe's Improvement Won't Last Long

    August 18, 2010
    Lowes' earnings and outlook provides a glimpse that a bumpy economy lies ahead.
  19. Investing In Israel

    July 29, 2010
    Israel offers solid fundamentals with the high-growth potential of a tech economy.
  20. Chasing Google

    July 27, 2010
    Google is the major player in the search space, but the web landscape is always changing.
  21. VMWare's Vaporous Valuation

    July 22, 2010
    The growth is great, but can any company grow enough to justify VMWare's valuation?
  22. Investing Like A Contrarian

    July 21, 2010
    When everyone is selling, it may be the time to buy, so says contrarian investing.
  23. How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo

    June 4, 2010
    Now that Apple has surpassed Microsoft, is there anything left in this software giant?
  24. The Stock Market According To GARP

    June 3, 2010
    With analysts predicting a sideways market for the next few months, investors may want to try their hands at GARP investing. ...
  25. Tech Needs Love Now

    May 14, 2010
    The tech space is worth looking at right now, and IBM especially.
  26. Cult Stocks: Don't Drink The Kool-Aid

    April 26, 2010
    Apple, Google and other cult-type stocks are flying high, but keep an eye out for a fall.
  27. Continue Making Money From RFID

    March 25, 2010
    RFID technology seems to be the future for many businesses, but is now the best time to buy into this innovative advancement? ...
  28. Tech's 10-Year Turnaround

    March 15, 2010
    Tech has went from an overvalued bubble to one of the most undervalued sectors in the last ten years.
  29. America's Biggest Companies Look Reasonably Priced

    March 12, 2010
    These giants offer investors a reasonable dividend and strong, dependable earnings.
  30. 4 Worst Dow Stocks Year To Date

    March 9, 2010
    Investors that owned these four names were not happy as they significantly underperformed.
  31. Cash Heavy Companies

    March 8, 2010
    Large cash holdings and strong balance sheets means these companies could lead the way to recovery.
  32. Profit From The Mizzou Playbook

    February 2, 2010
    University of Missouri Business School's real money investment fund appears to be doing quite well. Here's a look at its ...
  33. Free Cash Flow Standouts

    November 30, 2009
    Learn why many of the best value investors ascribe more weight to cash flow than net income.
  34. New Tricks For Intuit

    November 25, 2009
    Intuit looks to the web to regain its growth momentum.
  35. Count The Cash At Dell

    November 24, 2009
    Cash matters, and Dell produces tons of it. Successful execution of its strategic initiatives should lead to more cash generation ...
  36. Strong Franchises Make Strong Investments

    November 24, 2009
    Dominantly entrenched companies with strong franchises offer a very sound investment strategy going forward.
  37. Priceline Returns From The Dead

    November 11, 2009
    Priceline.com, which was writen off as dead after the technology bubble implosion, has roared back with powerful earnings ...
  38. Garmin Gets Googled

    November 10, 2009
    Google's offer of free Sat Nav on its mobile phones will kill what remains of Garmin's business.
  39. 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.
  40. Tagging Along With The Stock Pros

    November 3, 2009
    With the recent market gains, undervalued securities are becoming harder to find. One place to look is in the pros' portfolios. ...
  41. Buy-Write ETFs That Provide Protection

    October 5, 2009
    We look at some buy-write ETFs that provide downside protection.
  42. Time To Shift To Quality

    September 30, 2009
    These big-cap quality names appear value priced. But is this the right time to buy in?
  43. Cramer's Four Horsemen Still In The Saddle

    August 20, 2009
    Cramer's "must have" tech stock picks should continue to outperform.
  44. Do Buy Ratings Mean Cisco's a Sell?

    August 5, 2009
    A rebound in sales is now baked in to Cisco's stock price.
  45. Internet Search Battle Heats Up

    July 30, 2009
    The new partnership deal between Microsoft and Yahoo looks to be a win-win situation for both companies. But what about Google? ...
  46. Google Takes Aim At Microsoft

    July 13, 2009
    Google is set to challenge Microsoft with its Chrome operating system.
  47. Invest With The Gates Foundation

    June 17, 2009
    Bill Gates didn't become the world's richest person being lucky. Learn about the man who handles his money.
  48. The Price Is Right At Netflix

    May 14, 2009
    Knocked-down Netflix shares deserve better - but that shouldn't keep you from taking advantage.
  49. Diversification Alone Is Not Enough

    April 9, 2009
    Opinions on the number of stocks for a diversified portfolio vary, but locking in low expenses leaves little room for disagreement. ...
  50. The Yacktman Funds Roll On

    April 8, 2009
    The Yacktman Funds have adhered to a value philosophy and been rewarded by many years of outperforming its benchmark.
  51. Make Money From RFID

    April 2, 2009
    Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a new technology that will save retailers a fortune. We take a look at the manufacturers ...
  52. Is Corporate America Overreacting?

    March 13, 2009
    The number of layoffs is increasing, but some companies are doing it as a precaution rather than a reaction to their financial ...
  53. The AAA Rated Bond Club Gets Smaller

    March 5, 2009
    As the recession continues the number of companies rated AAA gets smaller.
  54. Dark Horse Candidates To Enter The Dow

    March 4, 2009
    The DJIA is sure to be rebalanced over the next year as some members teeter on bankruptcy or face falling from the index. ...
  55. Some Tech Stocks Hoard Huge Cash

    February 19, 2009
    Several technology companies look attractive when investors view the huge cash amounts as a percentage of market cap.
  56. Leverage

    February 15, 2009
    1. The use of various financial instruments or borrowed capital, such as margin, to increase the potential return of an investment. ...
  57. Dark Horse Plays For The New Year

    December 29, 2008
    Yahoo, Boeing and Wynn Resorts have all seen their share of misery this year. Learn why there is hope for a rebound in 2 ...
  58. Picking At The Crocs Corpse

    November 18, 2008
    Crocs has lost 95% of its value in less than a year, but there is still a valuable lesson to be learned by dissecting what ...
  59. Investing In Party Politics

    November 7, 2008
    An examination of the short-term effects on the stock market following presidential elections.
  60. Bank On Silicon Valley

    October 30, 2008
    SVB Financial Group combines the best of both the technology and banking worlds.
  61. The Eternal Struggle: Growth Vs. Value

    October 24, 2008
    Learn the difference between growth and value, and which one wins in the current economic scenario.
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. Paying Now For New Ideas Tomorrow

    September 2, 2008
    Companies who are now investing in the best ideas of tomorrow may lead their competition in the future.
  65. Security Software Companies Avoid U.S. Slowdown

    August 7, 2008
    Cyberspace is still a scary place, and that's good news for Symantec and McAfee who offer security software.
  66. Actively Managed ETFs

    August 5, 2008
    Actively managed ETFs need more time to run before investors can truly determine if passive management is superior.
  67. Five Big Bulls To Know For Friday The 13th

    June 13, 2008
    Weekly commentary on some of the biggest bulls in the market. This week features James River Coal Company.
  68. Pride Leads To Yahoo's Downfall

    May 6, 2008
    Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang decided it was better to reign in hell than serve in Microsoft's relative heaven. It's doubtful shareholders ...
  69. Green Funds For The Faint Of Heart

    March 24, 2008
    Learn about two funds that go green without going overboard. Both invest in well-known companies with strong growth potential. ...
  70. Yahoo! Right Over A Cliff (YHOO)

    January 31, 2008
    Yahoo's earnings were lackluster, restructuring is underway, and what's going on with the Microsoft merger rumor?
  71. Nuance Offers Unrecognized Potential (NUAN)

    December 6, 2007
    Nuance is still showing losses, but shouldn't be for long. Despite a large run up, the shares look good going forward.
  72. Research In Motion On The Move (RIMM)

    October 16, 2007
    Research In Motion beat expectations for the quarter and looks strong, but will its motion ulitmateley be down - not up? ...
  73. Cognos Surviving In A Cutthroat Game (COGN)

    October 11, 2007
    Cognos slipped from the shadows to beat EPS estimates by a penny - are more surprises on the way?
  74. Stay Smart With Business Intelligence (SPSS, BOBJ, COGN)

    August 7, 2007
    To stay competitive, organizations must know what their competitors are doing - a look at three firms helping companies stay ...
  75. Computer-Aided Success (PMTC, DASTY, CTXS)

    July 13, 2007
    Research and development is the key to success in the highly competitive enterprise-software game.
  76. The iPhone Has Hit The Shelves -- Now What? (AAPL)

    July 2, 2007
    Apple's iPhone has finally reached its much anticipated launch. But what's next for Apple investors?
  77. A Lucrative Enterprise (ORCL, SAP, ADBE)

    June 4, 2007
    The enterprise software market is exploding, and competition is fierce. A look at three firms in the battle.
  78. Dow Jones' Future Without A Buyer (DJ)

    May 7, 2007
    Dow Jones may be a $60-stock to News Corp, but performance shows it isn't worth more than $35 as an independent company. ...
  79. Office Depot's Mediocre Q1 (ODP)

    May 2, 2007
    Office Depot reported a so-so first quarter, leaving investors little to get excited about.
  80. Yahoo! Losing Ground (YHOO)

    April 26, 2007
    Yahoo! has lost hope of being even second in internet search. But, it could be valuable to a competitor
  81. Progress Software Not in Regress (PRGS)

    March 22, 2007
    Investors would do well to educate themselves about Progress Software's interesting opportunities.
  82. DreamWorks Stops The Show (DWA)

    February 7, 2007
    While short-term concerns are likely to dominate trading in DreamWorks shares, the company's excellent entertainment franchise ...
  83. Get Your Game On (ERTS)

    January 25, 2007
    Game maker Electronic Arts should benefit from a pick-up in PS3 game console sales later this year.
  84. Corporate Computer Security Steps Up (VDSI)

    January 24, 2007
    Security firm VDSI looks to be well-positioned to lead its market niche to further growth and its shareholders to strong ...
  85. Time To Yahoo! (YHOO)

    October 23, 2006
    Patient Yahoo! investors could be in for a nice surprise.
  86. The Heat Is On (SNE)

    October 6, 2006
    A spate of bad news has prompted a sell-off in Sony. Is it time to buy?
  87. Exxon and Altria: Two Stocks Worthy of Concentration (XOM, MO)

    August 1, 2006
    While diversifying your portfolio may be good for maintaining wealth, concentrating your portfolio is good for building it. ...
  88. Are Video Games A Good Play?

    June 8, 2006
    A look at the early stages of the new wave of video game consoles.
  89. Synergy Is BS

    June 5, 2006
    It’s about time Time Warner executives dropped the synergy charade and let loose AOL.
  90. Cisco Is Stretched

    March 29, 2006
    There are lots of things to like about Cisco. Price isn’t one of them.
  91. Roll Down The RIMM

    March 3, 2006
    Research in Motion shareholders have bigger worries than a lawsuit.
  92. VOIP will soar, but Vonage needs a lifeline

    February 21, 2006
    A look inside the VOIP revolution and its implications for investors.
  93. Intel Moves Forward

    January 5, 2006
    Intel plans to "leap ahead" with a new approach.
  94. A Hot Sector?

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

    November 23, 2005
    In this piece we'll explore different types of economic moats.
  96. A Look at Economic Moats - Part 1

    November 15, 2005
    Part one of a two part piece on the Buffett- coined concept of "economic moat".
  97. Surveying the Business Intelligence Space

    November 9, 2005
    Decision makers always want real-time information to make better decisions but often can't get it - can these firms make ...
  98. AAPL Rotten to the Core?

    September 12, 2005
    We all love our iPods, but does this make Apple a good investment? Learn more as the Investopedia Advisor looks into AAPL's ...
  99. Does Google's Price Tag Make Sense?

    August 3, 2005
    At times (the Advisor office no exception) there has been talk of a mini bubble in Google’s stock. The questions that needs ...
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