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  1. Should You Invest In The Hottest New Trend In Finance?

    December 15, 2014
    Thanks to major changes in regulation, social media and technology, the business of banking has undergone radical change ...
  2. U.S. Cellular Divests Non-Strategic Mobile Towers - Analyst Blog

    December 15, 2014
    United States Cellular Corp. (USM) recently entered into a definitive agreement with Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC to sell ...
  3. Strong Holiday Season Likely for Retailers? - Industry Outlook

    November 11, 2014
    Strong Holiday Season Likely for Retailers? - Industry Outlook
  4. Nobel Prize Winners' Perfect Portfolio: The Secret Ingredient ...

    November 6, 2014
    Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to use data to determine the perfect investment? In 1952, Harry Markowitz published an article ...
  5. Bear of the Day: Oracle (ORCL) - Bear of the Day

    October 13, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Oracle (ORCL) - Bear of the Day
  6. Semiconductors Remain Key for IoT - Industry Outlook

    September 17, 2014
    Semiconductors Remain Key for IoT - Industry Outlook
  7. Bear of the Day: PriceSmart (PSMT) - Bear of the Day

    September 3, 2014
    Bear of the Day: PriceSmart (PSMT) - Bear of the Day
  8. MedTech Defies Sequestration, M&As Steal the Show - Industry ...

    August 26, 2014
    MedTech Defies Sequestration, M&As Steal the Show - Industry Outlook
  9. 3 Special Dividend Plays To Pad Your Portfolio

    August 24, 2014
    For some shareholders, Christmas came a few months early this year. With every earnings season comes announcements of success, ...
  10. Buy These Stocks This Week, Get Special Dividends

    August 24, 2014
    For some shareholders, Christmas came a few months early this year. With every earnings season comes announcements of success, ...
  11. David Einhorn Owns $189 Million Of This 'Boring' Stock

    August 21, 2014
    Although the market often looks to the world's top investors for direction on highly-publicized stocks, investing gurus ...
  12. The Top Four Investments This Guru Made In August

    August 20, 2014
    Hedge fund managers are known to risk some of their own cash alongside investor's money to show they have “skin ...
  13. Hedge-Fund Mastermind Steve Cohen Just Bought These 4 Stocks

    August 20, 2014
    Hedge fund managers are known to risk some of their own cash alongside investor's money to show they have “skin ...
  14. These 3 Stocks Took A Nosedive, But They Are Primed To Rebound

    August 13, 2014
    This has been a bad month for Dan Hesse. The sharp plunge in Sprint (NYSE:S), which wiped out more than $10 billion in market ...
  15. 3 'Hated' Stocks Poised For A Big Rebound Before 2015

    August 13, 2014
    This has been a bad month for Dan Hesse. The sharp plunge in Sprint (NYSE:S), which wiped out more than $10 billion in market ...
  16. Bear of the Day: Havertys (HVT) - Bear of the Day

    August 11, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Havertys (HVT) - Bear of the Day
  17. An Investing Legend Predicts A Major M&A Boom -- Here's How To ...

    August 7, 2014
    Some high-profile buyout deals have been falling apart lately. For instance, the third largest U.S. wireless carrier Sprint ...
  18. A major stock correction could be near, which means that getting a bit more defensive could make sense. Here are a few ideas.

    Is It Finally Time To Get Defensive?

    July 31, 2014
    A major stock correction could be near, which means that getting a bit more defensive could make sense. Here are a few ideas. ...
  19. Bear of the Day: PriceSmart (PSMT) - Bear of the Day

    July 22, 2014
    Bear of the Day: PriceSmart (PSMT) - Bear of the Day
  20. 3 Ways To Profit From Latin America's Rising Middle Class

    July 16, 2014
  21. Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook

    July 15, 2014
    Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook
  22. Bear of the Day: Pier 1 (PIR) - Bear of the Day

    July 11, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Pier 1 (PIR) - Bear of the Day
  23. Foreign Banks Face Tough Road to Recovery - Industry Outlook

    June 16, 2014
    Foreign Banks Face Tough Road to Recovery - Industry Outlook
  24. Barron's Recap: 2014 Midyear Roundtable

    June 14, 2014
    This weekend in Barron's online: the 2014 Midyear Roundtable, why most investing professionals are below average, as ...
  25. Near Term Mixed, Longer Term Still OK - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 22, 2014
    Pre-open sentiment is modestly positive, pertly thanks to China. Guidance from Best Buy (BBY) and Sears (SHLD) was weaker, ...
  26. Semi Plays for the Internet of Things - Industry Outlook

    May 19, 2014
    Semi Plays for the Internet of Things - Industry Outlook
  27.  Intel's efforts to engineer a second act have consumed considerable shareholder capital but have yet to show a lot for themselves.

    Intel Working Through A Difficult Transition

    April 11, 2014
    Chip giant Intel continues to work through a challenge that most leading tech companies fac in their corporate lives – what ...
  28. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  29. The Deal Boom Is Back With A Vengeance

    The Deal Boom Is Back With A Vengeance

    March 6, 2014
    With cheap available debt and large cash hordes, IPO and M&A activity is way up. Luckily for retail investors there are ways ...
  30. Steel Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 28, 2014
    Steel Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  31. Foreign Banks Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 21, 2014
    Foreign Banks Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook
  32. Semiconductor Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 31, 2014
    Semiconductor Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook
  33. MedTech Industry Stock Update - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 7, 2014
    MedTech Industry Stock Update - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook
  34. Bear of the Day: Express (EXPR) - Bear of the Day

    December 17, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Express (EXPR) - Bear of the Day
  35. Profit From M&A Activity On The Cheap With This Strategy

    November 11, 2013
    Carl Icahn, Henry Kravitz, Sumner Redstone and a host of other financial pros make their money by using complex strategies ...
  36. Do You Own The 2 Top Stocks Held By 2013's Top Hedge Fund?

    October 30, 2013
    Allow me to let you in on a closely guarded secret among professional money managers. While they all talk a big game and ...
  37. Volatility in the markets has spiked over the past few weeks. Here are a few options that might help settle your portfolio's volatility.

    Is It Time For Low Volatility Funds?

    October 14, 2013
    The recent government shutdown, potential debt ceiling breach as well as dour global economic news has once again caused ...
  38. Semiconductor Stock Outlook - Sep/Oct 2013 - Industry Outlook

    September 26, 2013
    Semiconductor Stock Outlook - Sep/Oct 2013 - Industry Outlook
  39. Seven Dividend-Paying Financial Stocks Analysts Are Bullish On

    August 4, 2013
    Markets have been hitting new highs and the unemployment rate has ticked down. Despite the uncertainty about when the Fed&# ...
  40. Time To Get Defensive With ETFs

    July 26, 2013
    With some storm clouds beginning to form over the global economy, investors may want to consider thinking about moving some ...
  41. If Mining Rally is Legitimate, Don't Forget These ETFs

    July 24, 2013
    Traders appear to be taking some profits in gold miners and the corresponding ETFs Wednesday and that is not surprising. ...
  42. 3-Year Review: Best & Worst ETFs In Each Asset Class

    July 24, 2013
    Over the last three years, Wall Street has witnessed a tremendous shift in the investment environment. Investors are slowly ...
  43. Valmont Upped to Outperform - Analyst Blog

    July 12, 2013
    We have upgraded Valmont Industries to Outperform.
  44. Fastenal Still Growing, But Still Highly Valued

    July 10, 2013
    Fastenal is navigating this industrial slowdown quite well, but the valuation is extreme.
  45. Moody's Puts RBS Under Review - Analyst Blog

    July 8, 2013
    Moody's Investors Service kept the long-term ratings on The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and its subsidiaries under review ...
  46. Reports Of TSMC's Imminent Demise May Be Greatly Exaggerated

    July 8, 2013
    Intel will be a serious competitor in the fab space, but TSMC isn't exactly helpless
  47. UBS AG Reiterated at Underperform - Analyst Blog

    July 5, 2013
    On Jul 4, 2013, we maintained our long-term recommendation on UBS AG at Underperform, based on the company's exposure to ...
  48. Barclays to Move 4000 Jobs Overseas - Analyst Blog

    July 1, 2013
    As part of its aggressive cost management program, British banking giant Barclays PLC recently announced to move 4000 jobs ...
  49. U.S. Cellular to Sell More Spectrum - Analyst Blog

    July 1, 2013
    United States Cellular Corporation has agreed to sell the majority of its Mississippi Valley spectrum license to a wholly ...
  50. The IEA Provides Some Bullishness News For Renewables

    June 28, 2013
    While it may be hard to swallow, but renewables are actually over taking fossil fuels when it comes to electricity generation. ...
  51. Best Buy: Is E-Commerce Its Savior?

    June 25, 2013
    Best Buy held its annual meeting June 20. The message it sent was clear: its stores are a big part of its future, especially ...
  52. Union Bank Buys PB Capital's CRE Portfolio - Analyst Blog

    June 25, 2013
    San Francisco-based Union Bank, N.A., the primary subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation announced the completion of the acquisition ...
  53. XOM Moving Ahead with Rosneft - Analyst Blog

    June 24, 2013
    ExxonMobil Corporation and Rosneft are making joint forays into new areas.
  54. HD Supply Or Home Depot: Which is the Better Stock?

    June 21, 2013
    HD Supply, the former industrial distributor business Home Depot (NYSE:HD) sold for $8.5 billion in 2007, is going public ...
  55. Restoration Hardware: Has It Come Too Far Too Fast?

    June 18, 2013
    Restoration Hardware is the fifth best performing IPO over the last 12 months, up 185% since November 2, 2012. On June 14 ...
  56. Credit Suisse Says Not To Give Up On MLPs Just Yet

    June 18, 2013
    Interest in MLP has waned over the last few weeks as the Fed has hinted at winding down its QE programs. However, according ...
  57. ExxonMobil, Rosneft Team Up - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    ExxonMobil Corporation and Rosneft have agreed to establish a joint Arctic Research Center in Russia.
  58. Mattress Firm Delivers Strong Q1--Time To Sleep On It?

    June 6, 2013
    Mattress Firm's first quarter was a strong one with adjusted earnings per share up 23% to $0.38 with 32% revenue growth to ...
  59. Post-Barnes, MSC Industrial Has Multiple Growth Opportunities

    June 5, 2013
    The economy is a short-term threat, but MSC's long-term prospects have never been better
  60. OmniVision Showing Much-Needed Signs Of Improvement

    May 31, 2013
    Always-volatile OmniVision is moving in a positive direction again.
  61. Ultratech Knocked Back, Not Knocked Out

    May 23, 2013
    Expectations for market growth are aggressive, but Ultratech could be a major winner over the next three to five years.
  62. Should Investors Hang Around For More From Applied Materials?

    May 17, 2013
    Applied Materials is showing progress, but has the 50% recovery already anticipated these improvements?
  63. Place Your Chips On The Chip Makers

    May 10, 2013
    By adding the semiconductor producers, investors have a chance to play the backbone of technology and right now they are ...
  64. Weak Metalworking Rusting MSC Industrial's Growth Outlook

    April 11, 2013
    Long underestimated, MSC is still priced attractively.
  65. Slowing Sales At Fastenal Not Denting Investor Enthusiasm ... ...

    April 10, 2013
    Fastenal's growth is definitely slowing, but the multiples haven't really shrunk yet.
  66. Schnitzer's Results Are Better, But The Challenges Are Still ...

    April 4, 2013
    Even with a sequential improvement in volumes and margins, Schnitzer faces significant long-term challenges to its business. ...
  67. Schulze Plus Joly Equals Success?

    March 26, 2013
    Best Buy founder Richard Schulze announced March 25 that he was dropping his bid for the company and rejoining the board ...
  68. ETFs For Alternative Asset Classes

    February 25, 2013
    The continued growth in ETF adoption will only help strengthen the funds structure for these assets outside of bonds and ...
  69. 17 ETF Friendly Professors

    February 7, 2013
    Since the dawn of financial innovation, legendary gurus have always held the spotlight, as these individuals helped shape ...
  70. A Closer Look At Merger Arbitrage ETPs

    February 4, 2013
    For investors, the growth of the ETF industry has certainly been a blessing. Aside from accessing equities and bonds for ...
  71. Zacks Top Earnings ESP Stocks - Investment Ideas

    January 29, 2013
    Zacks Top ESP for Upcoming Earnings 012913As of yesterday, total earnings for the 150 S&P 500 companies that had already ...
  72. Transocean and Other Big Movers In Energy on January 3, 2013

    January 3, 2013
    There has been little movement in the market so far this morning. The Nasdaq is unchanged; the S&P 500 has moved little; ...
  73. Consumer/Non-Cyclical Stocks, Including Green Mountain Coffee ...

    December 28, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq is down 0.3%; the S&P 500 has declined 0.5%; and the Dow has decreased ...
  74. Time to Invest in Low Volatility ETFs? - ETF News And Commentary

    December 27, 2012
    With 2012 nearing its end, investors are becoming very concerned about the fiscal cliff.  ETFs of almost all segments of ...
  75. Atmel to Buy Ozmo, Inc. - Analyst Blog

    December 21, 2012
    Atmel Corporation (ATML) recently came up with an acquisition agreement to purchase Ozmo, Inc. (Ozmo). The acquisition, which ...
  76. Pier 1 Continues To Perform At A High Level

    December 14, 2012
    Pier 1 continues to deliver strong sales, but valuation has expanded.
  77. A Plethora Of Apple News, Yahoo Strikes Gold and Netflix Gets ...

    December 12, 2012
    Here's what's been happening in the tech sector this week.
  78. For OmniVision, Weird Is Just Its Version Of Normal

    November 30, 2012
    OmniVision continues to defy anything close to common sense or orderly evaluation.
  79. Oil and Gas Operations Stocks, Including PetroChina Company Limited, ...

    November 30, 2012
    The market is currently down, with the Nasdaq decreasing 0.4%, the S&P 500 slipping 0.2% and the Dow down 0.2%. The Oil ...
  80. Financial Stocks, Including ICICI Bank Limited, Making Big Moves ...

    November 30, 2012
    On a bad day for the market, the Nasdaq has decreased 0.4%, the S&P 500 is down 0.2% and the Dow has fallen 0.2%. The ...
  81. Toyota Motor Corporation Among Consumer Cyclical's Biggest Movers ...

    November 15, 2012
    The Nasdaq has decreased 0.4%, the S&P 500 has declined 0.3% and the Dow is down 0.3%, marking a bad morning for the ...
  82. SM Energy Beats on Higher Volume - Analyst Blog

    November 5, 2012
    SM Energy Company's (SM) third-quarter 2012 adjusted earnings of 14 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of ...
  83. ProShares Planning Merger Arbitrage ETF (MRGR) - ETF News And ...

    November 5, 2012
    ProShares is arguably one of the most famous purveyors of leveraged and inverse ETFs on the market today. The company has ...
  84. 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) ...
  85. Are Cell Phone Providers' Business Models At Risk?

    October 25, 2012
    Cell phone providers have been struggling to grow and remain profitable in what has become a two-tiered industry of leaders ...
  86. Bonanza Creek Energy Moves Forward In Wattenberg Field

    October 25, 2012
    Bonanza Creek Energy is planning a major development program targeting the Niobrara play in the Wattenberg Field as the company ...
  87. 4 Low-Volatility ETFs to Hedge Your Portfolio - ETF News And ...

    October 23, 2012
    Third quarter results reported so far are lackluster in most cases and disappointing in many. Adding to the woes are the ...
  88. Ultimate Guide To IndexIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI)

    October 22, 2012
    Even though the definition of "hedge fund" has changed over time, morphing from largely market-neutral strategies to a much ...
  89. ASML And The Obvious - Weak Trends And A Bid For Cymer

    October 18, 2012
    ASML continues to build for leadership in a new class of tools.
  90. Fastenal's Valuation Leaves No Room For A Slowdown

    October 15, 2012
    Fastenal continues to leverage the heck out of its store base
  91. 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 ...
  92. 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 ...
  93. Semiconductors Stocks, Including Mellanox, Making Big Moves on ...

    September 24, 2012
    The Nasdaq has fallen 0.7%, the S&P 500 has slipped 0.2% and the Dow has declined 0.2%, marking a bad morning for the ...
  94. Spectrum Brands Pays $1 Special Dividend: A Harbinger Of Things ...

    September 20, 2012
    Spectrum Brands paid a $1 special dividend September 18 and announced a quarterly dividend of 25 cents a share starting in ...
  95. Opacity Doesn't Help The Cause At Bed Bath & Beyond

    September 20, 2012
    Not only is Bed Bath & Beyond seeing slower comp growth and uncertain margins, but the company is doing a disservice ...
  96. Growing Niches Should Propel Ultratech Higher

    September 19, 2012
    Ultratech has solid technology for emerging applications with above-average growth potential.
  97. ICICI Bank Limited and Other Big Movers In Financial on September ...

    September 14, 2012
    The Nasdaq has climbed 1.1%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.6% and the Dow is up 0.4% on a good day for the market so far. The ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. ETF Profile: Credit Suisse 130/30 (CSM)

    September 6, 2012
    For many investors, generating alpha is perhaps one of the most important results any long-term portfolio should deliver. ...
  100. 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 ...
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