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  1. Half-way Through the S&P 500 - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 25, 2014
    We now have Q2 results from 226 S&P 500 members that combined account for 53% of the index's total market capitalization.
  2. Pharma, Biotech M&As Heat Up: Tax Inversion in Focus - Industry ...

    July 24, 2014
    Pharma, Biotech M&As Heat Up: Tax Inversion in Focus - Industry Outlook
  3. Bull of the Day: Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) - Bull of the Day

    July 23, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) - Bull of the Day
  4. With 1/3 of the S&P 500 Having Reported Earnings… - Ahead ...

    July 22, 2014
    Hard to tell at this stage if we are at the starting point of a favorable shift in the aggregate earnings picture, but the ...
  5. ...And It Started Out a Perfectly Good Q2 Earnings Season - Ahead ...

    July 18, 2014
    Instead of reflecting on a new wave of tragedy and warfare, I give a run-down of a few big companies reporting earnings this ...
  6. Signal Says This Well-Known Oil Stock Could See A Double-Digit ...

    July 18, 2014
    With crude oil plummeting $7 since June and trading under $100 a barrel this week, it seems to be a bad time to look at energy ...
  7. Falling Crude Prices Are No Problem For This 3.3% Yielder

    July 18, 2014
    With crude oil plummeting $7 since June and trading under $100 a barrel this week, it seems to be a bad time to look at energy ...
  8. Bear of the Day: Buenaventura Mining (BVN) - Bear of the Day

    July 17, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Buenaventura Mining (BVN) - Bear of the Day
  9. Bear of the Day: Bridgepoint Education (BPI) - Bear of the Day

    July 17, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Bridgepoint Education (BPI) - Bear of the Day
  10. A Good Start to Q2 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends

    July 16, 2014
    A Good Start to Q2 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends
  11. 3 Commodities You Should Watch, According to Mike Seery

    July 16, 2014
    In trading commodities, Mike Seery likes to keep it simple. His preference is to enter on a trade on a four-week low or ...
  12. How I Found One Of The Best-Performing Stocks Of 2014

    July 15, 2014
    Two-in-five. That's the number of mutual fund managers that have actually beaten the market over the past five years, ...
  13. Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook

    July 15, 2014
    Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook
  14. Bull of the Day: Southwest Airlines (LUV) - Bull of the Day

    July 11, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Southwest Airlines (LUV) - Bull of the Day
  15. Bear of the Day: Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust (CHKR) - Bear ...

    July 9, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust (CHKR) - Bear of the Day
  16. It's All About Q3 Guidance - Earnings Trends

    July 8, 2014
    It's All About Q3 Guidance - Earnings Trends
  17. Bear of the Day: Vera Bradley (VRA) - Bear of the Day

    July 7, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Vera Bradley (VRA) - Bear of the Day
  18. e-Commerce Stocks on Which to Click (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook

    July 2, 2014
    e-Commerce Stocks on Which to Click (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook
  19. 15 Companies That Are Killing It With Equal Rights

    July 2, 2014
    The Supreme Court's decision on Monday, in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, exempted some companies from offering contraceptive ...
  20. With so many Americans entering their golden years there will be plenty of profit in medical device stocks. Here are a few names to watch.

    Your Best Bet In The Medical Space

    July 1, 2014
    With so many Americans entering their golden years there will be plenty of profit in medical device stocks. Here are a few ...
  21. Bear of the Day: Coach (COH) - Bear of the Day

    June 27, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Coach (COH) - Bear of the Day
  22. The trio of silver, platinum and palladium are driven more by their industrial demand than their safe-haven status. The time to buy is now.

    Forget Gold, Invest In These Precious Metals

    June 25, 2014
    Silver, platinum and palladium are driven more by their industrial demand than their safe-haven status. The time to buy is ...
  23. 5 Megatrends and ETFs to Play Them

    June 24, 2014
    These long-term trends in demographics, politics, and economic policy are global in nature and tremendously powerful, and ...
  24. The Seasonally Quiet Period - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 24, 2014
    The lowered estimates notwithstanding, earnings growth in Q2 will be more than double the pace we saw in Q1.
  25. Steel Industry Showing Resilience - Industry Outlook

    June 23, 2014
    Steel Industry Showing Resilience - Industry Outlook
  26. Bear of the Day: ViaSat (VSAT) - Bear of the Day

    June 19, 2014
    Bear of the Day: ViaSat (VSAT) - Bear of the Day
  27. Bull of the Day: Avago Technologies (AVGO) - Bull of the Day

    June 16, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Avago Technologies (AVGO) - Bull of the Day
  28. 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 ...
  29. The European Central Bank’s plan to cut rates and stimulate growth should light a fire under equities and real estate. What are your best bets?

    Why Europe's Equities Are Worth Cheering For

    June 10, 2014
    The European Central Bank’s plan to cut rates and stimulate growth should light a fire under equities and real estate. What ...
  30. Bull of the Day: The Navigators Group (NAVG) - Bull of the Day

    June 10, 2014
    Bull of the Day: The Navigators Group (NAVG) - Bull of the Day
  31. Can Consumer Staples Rebound? - Industry Outlook

    June 10, 2014
    Can Consumer Staples Rebound? - Industry Outlook
  32. After spending much of 2013 in the dumps, REITs have roared this year. Investors should expect the gains to continue as long as the economy strengthens and interest rates remain low.

    How Far Can The REIT Rally Go?

    June 3, 2014
    After spending much of 2013 in the dumps, REITs have roared back this year. But how much gas could the real estate investments ...
  33. Auto Stocks Driving Northbound - Industry Outlook

    May 29, 2014
    Auto Stocks Driving Northbound - Industry Outlook
  34. #PreMarket Primer: Tuesday, May 27: Hope Rises In Ukraine Despite ...

    May 27, 2014
    Following the election of billionaire Petro Poroshenko as President of Ukraine, diplomatic tensions seemed to be easing ...
  35. Alt-Energy Shines on Emerging Market Demand - Industry Outlook

    May 26, 2014
    Alt-Energy Shines on Emerging Market Demand - Industry Outlook
  36. Big Growth Is Not Making Big Profit For Spotify

    May 23, 2014
    Earlier this week, Spotify reported that the music streaming site had reached 10 million paying subscribers. The Swedish ...
  37. Global Markets Indicate Weakness - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 19, 2014
    Pre-open sentiment is pointing to a weak start for U.S. stocks, with soft overnight trading action across global markets.
  38. #PreMarket Primer: Monday, May 19: DirecTV Rises On Offer From ...

    May 19, 2014
    AT&T Inc. announced a deal to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion over the weekend, as the firm attempts to adapt to a quickly ...
  39. Bear of the Day: GNC Holdings (GNC) - Bear of the Day

    May 18, 2014
    Bear of the Day: GNC Holdings (GNC) - Bear of the Day
  40. Retired or Near-Retirement? Check Out These Multi-Asset Income ...

    May 16, 2014
    For investors in or nearing retirement, managing an income portfolio can be tricky, especially since low interest rates have ...
  41. Telecom Calling on New Technology - Industry Outlook

    May 14, 2014
    Telecom Calling on New Technology - Industry Outlook
  42. Barron's Recap: The ETF Roundtable

    May 11, 2014
    This weekend in Barron's online: the Barron's ETF Roundtable, picks and pans from the Sohn Investment Conference, as well ...
  43. Will New Orders Help National Oilwell Varco Change Course?

    May 9, 2014
    Drilling for oil without products made by National Oilwell Varco would be like computing without the aid of an Intel or AMD ...
  44. Will Macau Remain The Best Bet For Casino Investors?

    May 8, 2014
    China's newfound consumer wealth is spilling over into areas of entertainment - namely gambling. As gaming revenues continue ...
  45. Do Weak Growth And New Challenges Make Cisco A Value Trap?

    May 7, 2014
    A frustrating reality of tech investing is that there's really no competition between growth and value. Absent growth, value ...
  46. Industrial Metals Stock Outlook - May 2014 - Industry Outlook

    May 6, 2014
    Industrial Metals Stock Outlook - May 2014 - Industry Outlook
  47. This Sector Combines Value And Potential Double-Digit Yields

    May 5, 2014
    When it comes to investing, "the best house in a bad neighborhood" is not the right approach. You want to focus on "good ...
  48. MedTech's Partial Tax Repeal: Is It Enough? - Industry Outlook

    May 1, 2014
    MedTech's Partial Tax Repeal: Is It Enough? - Industry Outlook
  49. Make A Play For Asia’s Frontier

    Make A Play For Asia’s Frontier

    April 29, 2014
    With economic growth slowing in China and India it may be time to look towards Asia’s up-and-comers. Favorable demographics ...
  50. Oil & Gas Stocks May 'Feel the Heat' - Industry Outlook

    April 29, 2014
    Oil & Gas Stocks May 'Feel the Heat' - Industry Outlook
  51. EMC Still Sluggish Amid A Tough Hardware Market

    EMC Still Sluggish Amid A Tough Hardware Market

    April 25, 2014
    Between lower guidance after the fourth quarter and the weak hardware results reported by IBM about a week ago, there was ...
  52. Broadcom Paying A High Price To Stay In Mobile

    Broadcom Paying A High Price To Stay In Mobile

    April 25, 2014
    Financial results from Irvine, Calif.-based Broadcom remain frustrating. While its networking business is rolling and broadband ...
  53. Think Small Banks For Big Profits

    April 25, 2014
    The banking industry avoided the attention of activists, for the most part, as the industry was still recovering from the ...
  54. Could Iron Ore Miners Finally Be A Buy?

    Could Iron Ore Miners Finally Be A Buy?

    April 25, 2014
    Things haven’t been so great in the iron ore sector over the last few years. Prices are way off their highs. But rising global ...
  55. Get This Sector's Best Dividends All In One Investment

    April 25, 2014
    To consistently earn the highest returns, financial advisors often recommend using a low-cost fund that tracks the S&P ...
  56. Bull of the Day: Dangdang (DANG) - Bull of the Day

    April 24, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Dangdang (DANG) - Bull of the Day
  57. How Chevron Found Itself Spanning The Globe

    How Chevron Found Itself Spanning The Globe

    April 23, 2014
    To most consumers, San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is little more than a gasoline retailer – a place to ...
  58. 3 Stocks The Country's Largest Pension Fund Is Buying

    April 23, 2014
    As we enter earnings season for the first quarter of 2014, we are also seeing a number of 13F filings roll out ahead of the ...
  59. The Country's Largest Pension Fund Is Buying These 3 Stocks

    April 23, 2014
    As we enter earnings season for the first quarter of 2014, we are also seeing a number of 13F filings roll out ahead of the ...
  60. Homebuilding Stocks: Has Spring Sprung? - Industry Outlook

    April 22, 2014
    Homebuilding Stocks: Has Spring Sprung? - Industry Outlook
  61. These Former Tech High-Fliers Are Now Bargains

    April 22, 2014
    When assessing a stock's value, investors often apply a PEG ratio (price-to-earnings divided by the earnings growth rate). ...
  62. Q1 Continues Unimpressively - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 22, 2014
    Excluding the drag from the Finance sector, total earnings would be up +2.8% on +3.3% higher revenues.
  63. Wednesday IPO Review & Sneak-Peek For Thursday, April 17

    April 17, 2014
    Three IPOs hit exchange floors Wednesday, Moelis & Co (NYSE: TRIV). Trading opened with mixed results, seeing Moelis ...
  64. The consumer is back. With March retail sales hitting multiyear highs, spending is back in style

    A Much-Needed Gift For Retailers

    April 16, 2014
    The consumer is back. With March retail sales hitting multiyear highs, spending is back in style.
  65. For investors the recent market sell-off has created some interesting opportunities. One of the biggest could be those funds that focus on international dividend stocks.

    These International Dividend ETFs Are Cheap Cheap Cheap

    April 16, 2014
    For investors the recent market sell-off has created some interesting opportunities. One of the biggest could be those funds ...
  66. Billionaires Love These 4 High-Yielders

    April 16, 2014
    They say there is power in numbers, and when it comes to investing like the pros, that sentiment is right on the money. #-ad_banner-#One ...
  67. Aerospace & Defense Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook

    April 15, 2014
    Aerospace & Defense Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook
  68. Year after year ExxonMobil has shown itself a reliable generator of extraordinary profits, making it the most solid of the integrated oil companies.

    ExxonMobil's Massive And Reliable Money Machine

    April 14, 2014
    Year after year ExxonMobil has shown itself a reliable generator of extraordinary profits, making it the most solid of the ...
  69. Markets Falling? Get Your Defense Ready

    April 14, 2014
    The stock market is getting whacked. The question now for many investors is, what to do about it. The first thing to do ...
  70. As the market has swooned, so has stocks' valuations.

    The Time To Focus On Value ETFs Is Now

    April 10, 2014
    As the market has swooned, so has stocks' valuations. That’s making many investors nervous. The key to navigating this environment ...
  71. The Latest In College Trends: The Retail Sector

    April 9, 2014
    Sometimes even experienced investors and traders get so bogged down by top-down growth trends that they miss the grassroots ...
  72. U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook

    April 8, 2014
    U.S. Banks Stock Outlook - Apr 2014 - Industry Outlook
  73. 3 Stocks To Profit From The Cutting-Edge Vaccine Market

    April 7, 2014
    In some respects, this is a golden age for pharmaceuticals. Thousands of medical researchers are making major clinical progress ...
  74. This Biotech Market Could Quadruple -- 3 Stocks To Profit

    April 7, 2014
    In some respects, this is a golden age for pharmaceuticals. Thousands of medical researchers are making major clinical progress ...
  75. 3 Stocks To Profit From The IPO Bull Market

    April 4, 2014
    In a sure sign that the U.S. eocnomy has finally broken free from the lingering effects of the Great Recession, the IPO market ...
  76. High-Frequency Trading: What You Need To Know

    April 4, 2014
    Being the "little guy" in the markets is never easy, it seems. #-ad_banner-#The recent airing of a "60 Minutes" ...
  77. The Greatest Discount Retailer I Have Ever Seen

    April 3, 2014
    "This is the coolest store I have ever seen," said my pre-teen son as we left a discount retailer recently. We ...
  78. The recent groundbreaking deal between the Walt Disney cable network and the satellite TV provider Dish Network could lead to substantial changes in the way we watch television, and it could happen sooner than we think.

    Disney And Dish Look To Go "Over The Top" On Cable Providers

    April 3, 2014
    The recent groundbreaking deal between the Walt Disney cable network and the satellite TV provider Dish Network could lead ...
  79. Bull of the Day: Vipshop Holdings (VIPS) - Bull of the Day

    April 3, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Vipshop Holdings (VIPS) - Bull of the Day
  80. A counter to the recommendation to

    Buy In May And Here to Stay: Comcast, Boeing, Vulcan

    April 2, 2014
    A counter to the recommendation to "Sell in May and Go Away"; companies worth examining this time of year.
  81. 2 Stocks For The Ultimate Pairs Trade

    April 2, 2014
    Since the 1980s, one of the most well-known and heavily used strategies among hedge funds and portfolio managers has been ...
  82. Profit From The Dark Side Of Big Data

    April 2, 2014
    Nothing has had such a profound effect on the history of mankind as technology. From Gutenberg's printing press to the ...
  83. Profit From The 'Dark Side' Of Big Data

    April 2, 2014
    Nothing has had such a profound effect on the history of mankind as technology. From Gutenberg's printing press to the ...
  84. Airline Industry Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook

    April 2, 2014
    Airline Industry Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook
  85. When it comes to spending our leisure dollars, more and more of them are going towards video games and electronic entertainment. And with that fact in tow, investors may want bet on the discretionary sector.

    Electronic Gaming Is Still Red Hot

    April 1, 2014
    When it comes to spending our leisure dollars, more and more of them are going towards video games and electronic entertainment. ...
  86. While the specter of rising interest rates have been haunting the markets for years now, it seems that fear is finally coming true.

    The Time For Short Duration Bonds Is Now

    March 31, 2014
    While the specter of rising interest rates have been haunting the markets for years now, it seems that fear is finally coming ...
  87. Hotels & Lodging Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 31, 2014
    Hotels & Lodging Stock Outlook - April 2014 - Industry Outlook
  88. Checked Out? StubHub Sales Falter After Eliminating Hidden Fees

    March 28, 2014
    StubHub's effort to please customers by eliminating hidden fees might have backfired. Sales have dipped for the online ...
  89. Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 25, 2014
    Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  90. After a torrid run, the stock market may finally be seeing some cracks. Recent data as well various global political events have taken much of the bull’s energy away. That means it’s time for investors to consider adding a hedge and get defensive.

    How To Get Ready For The Next Bear Market

    March 21, 2014
    After a torrid run, the stock market may finally be seeing some cracks. Recent data as well various global political events ...
  91. The 'Green Rush' Is Bringing Traders New And Old Into To The ...

    March 20, 2014
    Marijuana has seen an increase in cultural acceptance recently, as well as grabbing the attention of medical professionals ...
  92. 3 Ways To Profit From The Inevitable Sell-Off

    March 19, 2014
    As you may have noticed, the stock market has sent investors on quite a ride already this year. #-ad_banner-#The market lost ...
  93. At the end of the day, our population is aging quite rapidly and will require plenty of medical care. That could mean some serious big bucks for the owners and operators of hospitals, doctor’s offices and assisted-living facilitates.

    The REIT Play In Healthcare

    March 17, 2014
    At the end of the day, our population is aging quite rapidly and will require plenty of medical care. That could mean some ...
  94. It's one of the most enduring folk wisdom dicta in all of commerce. The airline industry, in its history, has never made money. The truth of that statement is not so easy to confirm.

    Why Airlines Aren't Profitable

    March 17, 2014
    Bankruptcies have become a way of life for the older carriers in the U.S. aviation industry, every major one having to reorganize ...
  95. 4 Health Care Stocks With More Than 100% Upside

    March 13, 2014
    In a bull market that has propped up a wide range of sectors and industries, few have benefited as much as biotech stocks. ...
  96. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  97. This Global Casino Stock Could Have 65% Upside

    March 12, 2014
    Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS), a leading developer and operator of gaming resorts in the U.S. and Asia, has the combination ...
  98. Closing the Books on Q4 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends

    March 10, 2014
    Closing the Books on Q4 Earnings Season - Earnings Trends
  99. Don't Miss The Huge Opporunity In Emerging Markets

    March 7, 2014
    Sometimes an investment idea is so strong, it bears repeating.#-ad_banner-#In late February, my colleague Michael Vodicka ...
  100. e-Commerce Stock Update - March 2014 (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook

    March 6, 2014
    e-Commerce Stock Update - March 2014 (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook
  101. The Best Precious Metals Play The Market Has To Offer Income ...

    March 4, 2014
    It's been hard to miss the rally in precious metals this year. While the broader market took it on the chin midway through ...
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