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  1. Choose Closed-End Funds For Income

    October 2, 2009
    Another great source of income for investors seeking regular distributions.
  2. Wireless Infrastructure Leaders

    October 1, 2009
    Plays for the wireless data bottleneck.
  3. 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?
  4. The 4 Best Stocks Out There?

    September 25, 2009
    The fundamentals on these four issues are hard to beat.
  5. Value Is En Vogue Again

    September 21, 2009
    Now that the bull market is slowing down, value stocks like Humana and Lockheed-Martin are likely to come back into favor. ...
  6. Winners And Losers In Defined Contribution Plans

    September 11, 2009
    We take a look at companies that have recently filed their 11-K, and see if there are some buy and sell signals hidden among ...
  7. Rise Of The Mortgage REITs

    September 7, 2009
    The numner of mortgage REIT IPOs has soared as the markets open up again and distressed assets increase.
  8. Exotic Telecoms With Dividend Appeal

    September 3, 2009
    The biggest names in telecom stocks aren't the only belles at the ball.
  9. The Private Label Credit Card Game

    September 1, 2009
    Charming Shoppes just sold its credit card program to Alliance Data Systems for $110 million. These programs are worth a ...
  10. Big Lots - A Big Bargain?

    August 26, 2009
    In this economy, chains like Big Lots look positive to succeed.
  11. Walmart Does More With Less

    August 14, 2009
    Walmart's domestic stores are holding up well and its international prospects remain bright.
  12. Drug Store Shopping

    August 13, 2009
    The best drug store investment lies north of the border in Canada. Here are some of the reasons why Shoppers Drug Mart is ...
  13. Advent International Loves Retail

    July 15, 2009
    While you can't invest in Advent directly, you can invest in some of its current and previous investments.
  14. Five Stocks Buying Back Shares

    June 25, 2009
    When companies buy their own stock, it can be an indicator of good things to come. Here are a few to watch.
  15. Is Made In America Good Business?

    June 24, 2009
    New Balance is highlighting that its shoes are made in America. Does going local make good business sense?
  16. Active Blackrock Marries Passive Barclays - Can It Work?

    June 23, 2009
    Blackrock is buying Barclays Global Investors for $13 billion. Can this marriage of two completely different cultures work? ...
  17. 5 Companies Snapping Up Their Own Stock

    June 15, 2009
    These companies are buying back their shares. Should you be buying them as well?
  18. Retailers: The Best Versus The Rest

    June 12, 2009
    Shares of retail stock have staged an impressive rally over the past three months as the S&P 500 has moved up over 3 ...
  19. Ternium Steel: Cash Cow

    June 11, 2009
    Ternium Steel has just reached an agreement with Venezuela. That and their strong operating margins make the company an attractice ...
  20. Banks And Commercial Real Estate

    June 4, 2009
    Commercial Real Estate is about to get a lot worse, but investors are bidding the shares higher of banks with exposure here. ...
  21. Two More Reasons To Diversify

    June 3, 2009
    GM and Citigroup being removed from the DJIA should cause investors to focus on diversification.
  22. Staples On The Rise

    May 28, 2009
    Despite the debt it recently acquired, Staples is much more favorably positioned compared to the pure-play competition.
  23. Booking An Uncertain Future

    May 26, 2009
    Barnes & Noble's quarterly earnings were down, but its outlook is up. Is this justified in the difficult bookselling ...
  24. Whole Foods: The Business Vs. The Stock

    May 25, 2009
    Liking a company and liking their stock are two very different things. This simple fact can help you make smart stock decisions. ...
  25. Best Buy Betting On House Brands

    May 8, 2009
    Best Buy uses its house brands strategically, but is this hurting the company or helping it to stay on top?
  26. Five Stocks With The Ultimate Margin Of Safety

    May 6, 2009
    We look at five stocks with at least $100 million in cash and zero debt, providing investors with the ultimate margin of ...
  27. Time To Swing Into Golf Stocks?

    May 5, 2009
    Golf-related stocks could put investors right out of the current rough patch.
  28. UniFirst Still Looking Sharp

    April 17, 2009
    UniFirst's stock has dropped slightly since July, 2008. Still, it's a promising buying opportunity, despite declining sales. ...
  29. Six Degrees Of Investor Separation

    April 8, 2009
    The "six degrees of separation" rule may apply for individuals, but is the theory valid for stocks, as well?
  30. Consumers Pull Back From Costco

    March 6, 2009
    This discount retailer is finding that much of its merchandise mix is not necessity.
  31. Cabela's One Retailer Making It Through The Recession

    February 25, 2009
    Like most retailers Cabela's initially suffered during the recession, but has it now recovered?
  32. Sizzling Sin Stocks

    February 23, 2009
    Sin stocks may not always be a safe haven during troubling times. However, that doesn't mean they should be forgotten.
  33. Low Investment Risk From Low-Cost Wal-Mart

    February 20, 2009
    Investors in Wal-Mart can expect a high single-digit annual return on investments for the foreseeable future.
  34. More To Murphy Oil Than Malaysia

    February 13, 2009
    Solid exploration and development prospects, plus a profitable downstream segment, make this company an inviting investment ...
  35. Willbros A Profitable Pipeline Play

    February 12, 2009
    Willbros Group will benefit from strong growth trends in the development of unconventional resources and the replacement ...
  36. Online Retailer's Core Segment Has Top-Line Issues

    January 26, 2009
    Online retailer eBay has top-line issues in its namesake marketplace but posted an overall 18% net profit margin in Q4.
  37. Screening For Sin

    January 13, 2009
    Screening for sin stocks that are expecting positive earnings in '09 turns up some wicked picks.
  38. Should Thinkorswim Investors Let It Ride?

    January 9, 2009
    TD Ameritrade announced it was buying Thinkorswim. Should investors stay or go?
  39. Foot Locker A Bad Fit For This Economy

    November 27, 2008
    Foot Locker couldn't meet estimates in its third quarter. It could be a long, cold winter for this footwear retailer.
  40. Build Diversity Through Beta

    November 26, 2008
    Learn how mixing high and low beta stocks from the Dow can be the first step in creating a diversified portfolio.
  41. A Matrixx For Killing The Common Cold

    November 3, 2008
    Matrixx Initiatives works to build a name for itself in the competitive over-the-counter cold medicine market.
  42. When Will Vale Shake Off The Rust?

    October 30, 2008
    The global slowdown has hammered this leading producer of iron ore ... perhaps too far.
  43. Snack On The Inventure Group

    October 30, 2008
    Micro-cap snack food producer Inventure Group is back from the dead. I'll examine why it might be a good time to bite into ...
  44. Five Reasons Old Navy Must Go

    October 22, 2008
    Make Old Navy walk the plank before this business drags the rest of the company down with it.
  45. The Bright Side Of Auto? Parts, Not Cars

    October 19, 2008
    A breakdown of the major players within retail auto parts and why this could be a good time to invest in the industry.
  46. Sinful Stocks For Blissful Returns

    October 15, 2008
    Picking your portfolio based on sin stocks otherwise known as unethical investments.
  47. Percentage Gainers And Losers For October 13

    October 13, 2008
    Learn which stocks are making the big moves and why. Today's entry includes Morgan Stanley, Limited Brands and Sovereign ...
  48. A Brush With Royalty Trusts

    October 13, 2008
    These three high yielding trusts have become even more attractive after the recent selloff.
  49. 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 ...
  50. Diamond Foods' Pop Secret Acquisition

    October 1, 2008
    Diamond Foods saw a 23% Q4 earnings surprise. Could its move beyond almonds and walnuts continue to pay dividends?
  51. Storm Brewing For Online Brokers

    September 22, 2008
    On top of slumping trading volumes, the online brokers now face significant client withdrawals. That's a storm of trouble. ...
  52. Bargain Retailers Are No Bargain

    September 9, 2008
    Value-oriented stocks like Costco and Target get the good press, but investors may want to look at the numbers a little more ...
  53. It's Not Easy Being Wimm-Bill-Dann

    September 3, 2008
    Fears of government intervention have shares of Russia's dairy leader near a 52-week low, but business continues to grow ...
  54. Momentum Stocks On The Move For August 27

    August 27, 2008
    Momentum can be used to achieve quick gains by riding an upward climb in a stock's price. The hard part is getting in before ...
  55. Heckmann Loves Other People's Money

    August 14, 2008
    Richard Heckmann has been buying companies for years, usually with other people's money. We'll look at his latest foray into ...
  56. Bearish On The Russian Bear

    August 13, 2008
    Growing political risks are adding to the potential downside for Russia's resource dependent economy and markets.
  57. Ever-Glory 'Made In China' And Proud Of It

    August 7, 2008
    Ever-Glory is the first Chinese apparel company listed on Amex. The growing company has a plan to capture China's brand-conscious ...
  58. Schiff Nutrition Looks Healthy

    July 29, 2008
    Nutritional products are big business lately. We'll look at a small-cap with a lot of cash that could be a bargain right ...
  59. TJX Companies An Unlikely Oil Inflation Hedge

    July 29, 2008
    Back-to-school shopping is around the corner, and consumers have more cash thanks to a break in oil prices. Discount king ...
  60. Welcome Back, Tractor Supply Company

    July 25, 2008
    Two years ago this farm supply retailer could do no wrong. Economic pressures put the brakes on the growth, but now sales ...
  61. Knowing It’s Going To Rain Is Better Than Guessing

    July 24, 2008
    Weather forecasting is playing an increasingly important role in big business.
  62. Portfolio Protection With ETFs

    June 30, 2008
    Adding non-correlated assets shields a portfolio from volatility. We examine several exchange-traded funds that can be your ...
  63. Costco Blends Low Costs With High Profits

    May 29, 2008
    Discount club Costco saw profits rise 32% as price-conscious consumers flocked to its outlets.
  64. Natural Makeup Provides Unnatural Growth

    May 13, 2008
    Sales of mineral-based cosmetics went from $4.5 million in 2005 to $149 million in 2007. Bare Escentuals is leading the charge. ...
  65. Five Dividend Darlings For Your Portfolio

    April 24, 2008
    Does your portfolio lack a solid dividend yield? Here are five dividend-paying stocks to snap up while their yields are high. ...
  66. Costco Can Thrive In Any Climate

    April 18, 2008
    Costco is in a position to outperform regardless of whether the U.S. hits recession.
  67. Ten Stocks To Rule Them All

    April 15, 2008
    Diversification might be overrated. Learn how 10 stocks in a concentrated portfolio could give you better returns.
  68. Home Depot Digging A Basement

    April 10, 2008
    Many hoped Home Depot had finally bottomed, but its forecast for 2008 and valuation point to further losses before the stock ...
  69. Walgreen Stocking Shelves For Growth, Stability

    April 2, 2008
    After encouraging earnings results and some reassuring sector balance in a troubled market, this pharmacy company could hold ...
  70. FDIC To Fremont: Put Up Or Shut The Doors

    April 1, 2008
    Fremont General has to shore up capital for its banking unit. Failure would mean the biggest U.S. bank collapse in 20 years. ...
  71. The Stealth Rally In Steel

    March 18, 2008
    Boring old steel companies have been market darlings as of late, but will steel prices and stocks be able to hold on to their ...
  72. The Gap Closing On The Competition

    March 3, 2008
    The Gap is no longer the ugly duckling of retail fashion. Its comps finally compare and margins have improved.
  73. Ackman Stays On Target (TGT)

    January 14, 2008
    Bill Ackman's hedge fund, Pershing Square, upped its stake in Target. We examine what the market may have missed.
  74. The Talbots Omen (TLB, WMT)

    January 9, 2008
    Tough holiday sales are causing a wave of store closures at Talbots. Could the rest of the retail sector be in trouble, too? ...
  75. Visa, MasterCard, and Now General Electric? (GE)

    January 7, 2008
    Consumer credit financing is big business. GE created its own card and partnered with major companies across the U.S. to ...
  76. E-Trade Attracting Lawyers And Other Scavengers (ETFC)

    November 23, 2007
    E-trade could be on the auction block. But with the lawyers circling, who would want to buy?
  77. Plug Into Hydrogen Fuel Cells (PLUG)

    October 26, 2007
    Wal-Mart is putting Plug's fuel cells in its forklifts. Shares jumped 50% on the news; is the technology finally ready for ...
  78. Dollar Tree's CFO Departure A Bad Omen? (DLTR)

    October 24, 2007
    With a top executive jumping ship, investors should look very carefully at Dollar Tree's prospects.
  79. Safeway A Safe Play (SWY)

    October 19, 2007
    Safeway is coming off a solid third quarter, and management has provided an encouraging outlook for the remainder of the ...
  80. Ackman Antes Up For Sears (SHLD)

    October 15, 2007
    Activist firm Pershing Square, headed by William Ackman, bought a stake in Sears. Learn what this move could mean to investors. ...
  81. What's Wrong With Rite Aid? (RAD)

    October 4, 2007
    With boomers providing a surge in perscription spending, drugstore Rite Aid should be soaring. Instead, it's just scraping ...
  82. Steel Of A Deal (X, NUE, MT)

    September 24, 2007
    Steel production has become an oligopoly. We examine steel's "big three" to see which one has the best potential.
  83. Looking Good (AVP, REV, EL)

    August 13, 2007
    Door-to-door or upscale department store, what is the best way to sell cosmetics?
  84. Closing The Gap (GPS)

    July 30, 2007
    Gap recently announced its new CEO. Can he bring this company back up alongside its competitors?
  85. Computer-Aided Success (PMTC, DASTY, CTXS)

    July 13, 2007
    Research and development is the key to success in the highly competitive enterprise-software game.
  86. Wild Oats A Good Play: Deal, Or No Deal (OATS)

    July 9, 2007
    FTC opposition to the Wild Oats buyout has pushed shares down. This is a risk-arbitrage play now worth entering.
  87. Turning The Rumor Mill (DELL, TRMP, NFLX, MRK)

    June 12, 2007
    A roundup of the week's popular news stories and market rumors.
  88. Wal-Mart Scaling Back Growth (WMT)

    June 6, 2007
    Wal-Mart announced plans to reduce the number of supercenters it will open this year.
  89. Don't Jump Into JC Penney... Yet (JCP)

    May 23, 2007
    JC Penney recently reported solid Q1 results, but tough times ahead could hurt the stock.
  90. No Place To Hide In Retail (BJ)

    May 18, 2007
    BJ Wholesale Club's Q4 earnings were dismal. Is this a start of a downward spiral or just a hiccup in grand scheme of things? ...
  91. Japanese Banks: Sunlight Through The Fog? (MTU, MFG, MER)

    May 14, 2007
    A look at a potential play in the Japanese banking sector.
  92. E-broker Competition Fuels Merger Speculation (AMTD, ETFC)

    May 14, 2007
    A look at the merger prospects of rival brokers E*Trade and TD Ameritrade
  93. Bullet Proof (AH, BAESY, FRPT)

    May 11, 2007
    People, vehicles and aircraft are safer from hostile fire because of these firms and the technology they produce.
  94. Eye In The Sky (AVAV)

    May 9, 2007
    The success of the unmanned Predator aircraft means the US military wants more robot warriors. Which public companies are ...
  95. Cleaning Up With Clorox (CLX)

    April 27, 2007
    Widening margins and rapid debt reduction should make Clorox a long-term winner.
  96. Getting Technical With New ETF (PDP)

    April 26, 2007
    PowerShares offers investors the first ETF based on technical analysis.
  97. A Buying Opportunity for PetSmart Shares (PETM)

    April 12, 2007
    The recent pet food recall is having an adverse impact on pet food sales. However, I believe that the stock is a buy in spite ...
  98. Junk Bonds All Over Again

    March 26, 2007
    An interesting look into the root cause and underlying theme of the subprime mortgage market fallout.
  99. Starbucks' Dream of 40,000 Stores

    March 21, 2007
    Starbucks wants to reach 40,000 outlets, but the economy and McDonald's could block that goal.
  100. Gentlemen, Start Your Lawnmowers (BGG)

    March 21, 2007
    There is value to be had in the world’s largest manufacturer of lawnmower and garden equipment engines.
  101. Market Musings (HPQ, WMT)

    March 16, 2007
    Two interesting pieces of news about two big name stocks -- should investors be paying attention?
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