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  1. ACE to Boost Personal Lines for Wealthy with Fireman's Fund - ...

    December 19, 2014
    ACE Limited (ACE) has inked a deal to buy Fireman's Fund, a high net worth personal lines insurance business in the U.S. ...
  2. AAR Beats on Q2 Earnings, Sees Growth in Aviation Services - ...

    December 19, 2014
    AAR Corp. (AIR) reported fiscal second quarter 2015 (ending Nov 30, 2014) earnings of 38 cents per share, beating the Zacks ...
  3. Will Defense be Hit by Weak Economies of Allied Nations? - Industry ...

    December 18, 2014
    Will Defense be Hit by Weak Economies of Allied Nations? - Industry Outlook
  4. Defense Majors Step Up Foreign Sales to Weather Sequester - Industry ...

    December 18, 2014
    Defense Majors Step Up Foreign Sales to Weather Sequester - Industry Outlook
  5. XL Group in Talks to Buy Catlin, Increases Alternative Capital ...

    December 18, 2014
    XL Group plc (XL) is in talk with Catlin Group Ltd. (CGL.L) to acquire the latter and form a combined entity.
  6. L-3 Communications to Sell Marine Systems International - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    L-3 Communications Holdings (LLL) entered into a definitive agreement with Wartsila Corporation to sell its Marine Systems ...
  7. Actavis to Appeal Ruling Regarding Namenda IR Sales - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Actavis plc (ACT) announced its decision to file an emergency appeal for an immediate overturn of the lower court ruling ...
  8. Aerospace ETFs in Focus as Boeing (BA) Increases Dividend and ...

    December 16, 2014
    Watch these aerospace and industrial ETFs following the boost from Boeing after their dividend and buyback announcement. ...
  9. 4 Top Ranked Biotech Stocks that Beat the Market in 2014 - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Despite the sell-off in late March, the biotech sector bounced back thanks to important product approvals, mergers and acquisitions, ...
  10. In The Week Ahead: Bears Are In Charge, But Gold Offers A Bright ...

    December 14, 2014
    In last week's Market Outlook, I cautioned readers that a 57-year pattern of seasonal weakness in the S&P 500 warned ...
  11. Bull of the Day: Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) - Bull of the Day

    December 8, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) - Bull of the Day
  12. In the Week Ahead: Technicals Suggest Early December Weakness ...

    November 30, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week, led by the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100, which gained 2% ...
  13. In the Week Ahead: Technicals Suggest Early December Weakness ...

    November 30, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week, led by the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100, which gained 2% ...
  14. Pharma Industry Outlook: M&A, Licensing Abound - Industry Outlook

    November 18, 2014
    Pharma Industry Outlook: M&A, Licensing Abound - Industry Outlook
  15. In the Week Ahead: Is A Sustainable Market Bottom Finally In ...

    November 2, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week, for only the second time since Aug. 29, led by the ...
  16. In the Week Ahead: Is A Market Bottom Finally In Place?

    November 2, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week, for only the second time since Aug. 29, led by the ...
  17. Oil Prices Are At Two-Year Lows -- Should You Buy Now?

    October 26, 2014
    Stock exchanges are not alone in seeing prices pull back lately. In at least one case, however, that is actually a good thing. ...
  18. Is Now The Time To Buy Oil?

    October 26, 2014
    Stock exchanges are not alone in seeing prices pull back lately. In at least one case, however, that is actually a good thing. ...
  19. In The Week Ahead: The Markets Are Volatile, Here's Where To ...

    October 26, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week, for the first time since Aug. 29, led by the tech-heavy ...
  20. This Defensive Sector May Be Your Best Bet Until The Market Picks ...

    October 26, 2014
    All major U.S. stock indices finished in positive territory last week, for the first time since Aug. 29, led by the tech-heavy ...
  21. Bear of the Day: Axiall (AXLL) - Bear of the Day

    October 21, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Axiall (AXLL) - Bear of the Day
  22. One Of The Few On-Sale Sectors Could Make Traders 45%

    October 6, 2014
    In case we had forgotten it is the banks' job to make money, they are hiking ATM and checking account fees to record levels ...
  23. Bull of the Day: Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) - Bull of the Day

    October 1, 2014
    Bull of the Day: Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) - Bull of the Day
  24. 3 Small Cap Stocks Trading At A Major Discount

    October 1, 2014
    Over the past few years, many fund managers have made the same complaint: "It's hard to find deep values in this surging ...
  25. My 3 Favorite Small Caps That Now Trade At A Discount

    October 1, 2014
    Over the past few years, many fund managers have made the same complaint: "It's hard to find deep values in this surging ...
  26. 4 Companies To Watch As Retail Sales Rise

    September 25, 2014
    As we head into the final quarter of the year, a clear narrative has emerged. We're on track for the most robust job growth ...
  27. Blue Chip Less Than $2 Away From A Breakout 'Buy' Signal

    September 5, 2014
    If we take a step back and look at where stocks are in the bigger picture, there is plenty of reason to believe the broader ...
  28. This Widely-Held Blue Chip Could Pop 8% In 4 Weeks

    September 5, 2014
    If we take a step back and look at where stocks are in the bigger picture, there is plenty of reason to believe the broader ...
  29. Technicals Point To A Quick Pop In This Financial Stock's Future

    August 29, 2014
    Shares of CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) bounced nicely in recent days as the financial sector continues to support the broader market's ...
  30. 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
  31. Bull of the Day: PAREXEL (PRXL) - Bull of the Day

    July 10, 2014
    Bull of the Day: PAREXEL (PRXL) - Bull of the Day
  32. 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 ...
  33. Auto Stocks Driving Northbound - Industry Outlook

    May 29, 2014
    Auto Stocks Driving Northbound - Industry Outlook
  34. Business Services Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 19, 2014
    Business Services Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  35. Historically, the technology sector hasn’t been known for its dividend prowess. However, that is rapidly changing. For investors, the sector offers some of the best and quickest growing yields around.

    Look To Tech For Big Dividend Potential

    March 18, 2014
    Historically, the technology sector hasn’t been known for its dividend prowess. However, that is rapidly changing. For investors, ...
  36. While traditionally not a glamorous business, propane processing and distribution is quickly turning into a major growth sector.

    The Powerful Play In Propane (APU, EPD, NGLS, SPH, FGP, SXL)

    February 26, 2014
    While traditionally not a glamorous business, propane processing and distribution is quickly turning into a major growth ...
  37. REIT Industry Review & Stock Picks - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 25, 2014
    REIT Industry Review & Stock Picks - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook
  38. With the broad market hitting new highs, stocks aren’t as cheap as they once were. That’s were GARP style investing can come in. Bridging both growth and value investing, GARP is the best way to find cheap growth in the rising stock market.

    With The Market At New Highs- It’s Time To Look Towards GARP ...

    February 20, 2014
    With the broad market hitting new highs, stocks aren’t as cheap as they once were. That’s were GARP style investing can come ...
  39. Are Short Sellers Wrong About These 3 Stocks?

    February 13, 2014
    Professional short sellers often like to work alone -- at least until they've built a sizable short position in a stock. ...
  40. 13 Stock Buyback Kings: Should You Buy Them?

    February 12, 2014
    Over the past few years, I've been conducting quarterly reviews of companies that are aggressive repurchasers of their ...
  41. Auto Industry Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 6, 2014
    Auto Industry Stock Outlook - Feb 2014 - Industry Outlook
  42. Shaken by the Fed’s taper announcements, the boring word of utility stocks seem to have been turned upside down.

    Are Utilities A Value Play Right Now?

    February 3, 2014
    Shaken by the Fed’s taper announcements, the boring word of utility stocks seem to have been turned upside down. However, ...
  43. 14 Rapid Fire ETF Ideas for 2014

    December 30, 2013
    Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff ...
  44. Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - Dec 2013 - Industry Outlook

    December 3, 2013
    Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook - Dec 2013 - Industry Outlook
  45. the global economy seems to be finally firing on all cylinders

    The Time For Cyclical Stocks Is Now

    November 25, 2013
    Its official, the data is pointing towards the next phase of the business cycle- economic expansion. That means, it’s time ...
  46. ETFdb Weekly Watchlist: XHB, XRT, XLI Hinge On Housing, Consumer, ...

    November 25, 2013
    Last week, Wall Street witnessed the Dow Jones Industrial Average pierce the 16,000 mark, closing above the level for the ...
  47. Consumer staples could still be a value based on historical data. Investors may not want to abandon the producers of toilet paper, cereals and cigarettes just yet.

    Now Is The Time To Buy Consumer Staples Stocks

    November 20, 2013
    As the markets have swooned, so have many boring sectors. That includes consumer staples stocks. Still, the sector could ...
  48. Despite the healthcare sectors recent torrid run, there’s still plenty to like about stocks in the industry.

    A Strong Prognosis For Healthcare Stocks

    November 19, 2013
    Despite the healthcare sectors recent torrid run, there’s still plenty to like about stocks in the industry. Aside from tailwinds ...
  49. Production in the Marcellus Shale continues to rise, leading to plenty of profits for the firms that operate within its borders.

    The Marcellus Keeps On Paying Dividends

    November 12, 2013
    For investors, the Marcellus Shale continues to pay benefits. The region’s production continues to rise, leading to plenty ...
  50. The Only 'Trend' Worth Following Led To A 20% Gain In 3 Months

    November 11, 2013
    For today's essay, it would be wise to remember the old investing adage: "The trend is your friend." As most investors already ...
  51. Energy Equity ETFs: 4 Things To Consider

    October 31, 2013
    Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified ...
  52. Fidelity Rolls Out 10 Sector ETFs (FDIS, FSTA, FENY)

    October 25, 2013
    Wall Street was in for a mixed bag of earnings this week, with several bellwethers reporting third quarter results. 3M (MMM) ...
  53. For those investors looking at the long term, ignore the taper talk and focus on dividends.

    Dividend Stocks Still Matter

    October 24, 2013
    For those investors looking at the long term, ignore the taper talk and focus on dividends. The pay-outs from equities have ...
  54. Bear of the Day: Quest Diagnostics (DGX) - Bear of the Day

    October 23, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Quest Diagnostics (DGX) - Bear of the Day
  55. Small caps may finally be getting expensive. We'll take a look at a couple ways to protect your portfolio from future declines.

    Are Small Caps Getting Too Expensive

    October 22, 2013
    Given their torrid run, small caps may finally be getting expensive. That could signal some down days in the months ahead. ...
  56. 3 Sectors ETF Investors Should Buy And Hold For The Mid-Cycle ...

    October 16, 2013
    The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. How To Invest In 2013′s Breakthrough Technologies

    October 14, 2013
    For Wall Street, the technology sector has been one of the most rewarding–yet frustrating–industries to invest ...
  59. How To Invest In 2013′s Breakthrough Technologies

    October 14, 2013
    For Wall Street, the technology sector has been one of the most rewarding–yet frustrating–industries to invest ...
  60. Bear of the Day: Uni-Pixel (UNXL) - Bear of the Day

    October 14, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Uni-Pixel (UNXL) - Bear of the Day
  61. Spending on luxury goods continues to surge

    For Consumer Discretionary Investors, Luxury Is Where It’s At ...

    October 4, 2013
    For the rich and growing middle classes of the world, spending on luxury goods continues to surge. That can provide a nice ...
  62. 5 Years Later: The Crisis We Haven’t Tackled Yet

    September 20, 2013
    Five years after the Lehman bankruptcy, the proximate causes of the 2008 crash are no longer threats. But while the risk ...
  63. An Interesting Year For Tech ETFs

    September 4, 2013
    On the surface, it would appear to be a disappointing year for technology sector ETFs. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ...
  64. How To Build The Ultimate 'Doomsday Portfolio'

    August 21, 2013
    We've managed to avoid the great Mayan prediction of the end of the world in 2012, along with countless doomsday prognostications ...
  65. What an Apple/China Mobile Deal Would Mean for ETFs

    August 19, 2013
    Apple has long been one of the most talked about securities on the market, as its meteoric rise took the investing world ...
  66. How To Profit From Back To School Spending With ETFs

    August 14, 2013
    With major U.S. equity indexes sitting at all-time highs and emerging markets still in a very deep hole, many on the sidelines ...
  67. Daily ETF Roundup: KBE Pops On Morgan Stanley, XLE Jumps As Oil ...

    July 18, 2013
    U.S. equities traded higher today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 logging in fresh highs, following ...
  68. CalPERS Desperately Needs to Embrace ETFs

    July 17, 2013
    The investment community seems to be aflutter over the fact that the California Public Employees' Retirement System ...
  69. Time for This Top Ranked Energy ETF? - ETF News And Commentary

    July 15, 2013
    Should investors consider this top ranked energy ETF for better exposure?
  70. U.S. Manufacturing Is Still Alive & Kicking

    June 27, 2013
    With durable and core capital goods orders rising, businesses are still betting on a strong U.S. economy in the months ahead. ...
  71. The Comprehensive Guide to Utility ETFs - ETF News And Commentary

    June 26, 2013
    Utility companies always remains in focus due to their stable performance and high yields.
  72. Time for This Top Ranked Industrial ETF? - ETF News And Commentary

    June 25, 2013
    Should investors consider this top ranked industrial ETF for exposure at this time?
  73. Daily ETF Roundup: Fed Hints At Future Taper, XLU And IBB Tumble

    June 19, 2013
    U.S. equities slid into the red today as investors digested the highly anticipated FOMC press conference. Contrary to expectations, ...
  74. Microsemi Launches New Design Tool - Analyst Blog

    June 18, 2013
    Microsemi Corporation has introduced a new design tool, System Builder, in support of the SmartFusion2 SoC field programmable ...
  75. Winning ETF Strategies For the Second Half - ETF News And Commentary

    June 17, 2013
    Investors should prepare for the eventual tapering of the Fed's massive support.
  76. 3 Top Ranked Financial ETFs to Buy Now - ETF News And Commentary

    June 14, 2013
    The financial sector is expected to continue to outperform in the coming months.
  77. Rating Action on RenaissanceRe - Analyst Blog

    June 13, 2013
    A. M. Best Co. affirmed the issuer credit rating and debt ratings of RenaissanceRe.
  78. 3 Impressive Biotech ETFs Crushing the Market - ETF News And ...

    June 11, 2013
    Rotate into the outperforming biotech sector with these three ETFs.
  79. Nasdaq Dips to Underperform - Analyst Blog

    June 10, 2013
    On Jun 7, we downgraded Nasdaq OMX Group to Underperform based on its risky debt profile amid faltering fundamentals.
  80. Daily ETF Roundup: VXX Spikes On Fed Concerns, XLB Tumbles

    June 5, 2013
    Wall Street endured a steep sell-off today, as another round of disappointing economic reports and concerns over when the ...
  81. A Summer Window Of Opportunity For Altera

    May 28, 2013
    Altera has lagged and languished a bit, but that could be setting up an attractive long-term opportunity
  82. The U.S. Auto Industry Is Back

    May 14, 2013
    For investors, betting on the U.S. auto sector could lead to plenty of profits.
  83. BorgWarner Still In A Long-Term Growth Lane

    May 13, 2013
    BorgWarner has intriguing growth prospects, but the shares have already recovered quite a bit of ground.
  84. Finding Bond-Like Income With Utilities

    May 1, 2013
    The traditional utility sector has become a happy hunting ground for income seekers.
  85. The Week Ahead: Did Wall Street Strategists Jinx Stocks

    March 22, 2013
    Increasingly daring market forecasts should unpleasantly remind savvy investors of the exuberance of Y2K, and the truth is ...
  86. How The ETF Fee War Benefits Investors

    February 28, 2013
    High fees are one of the main ways investor's underperform the market.
  87. Jack Bogle Doesn't Think You Should Get Cozy With ETFs

    February 15, 2013
    Bogle likes index ETFs, but he doesn't think that using them as trading vehicles or as ways to beat the market is a sound ...
  88. The State of the Union Address for Investors - Analyst Blog

    February 13, 2013
    Here is my short-form take on President Obama's State of the Union address.  This is written to outline four major areas ...
  89. Auto Industry Stock Outlook - Feb 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    February 11, 2013
    The auto industry is highly concentrated. The top 10 global automakers account for roughly 80% of the worldwide production ...
  90. 4 ETFs To Play A Booming Healthcare Sector

    February 11, 2013
    The healthcare sector is performing the best so far in 2013. We look at four ETFs to play the sector's momentum.
  91. ETFs To Invest Like Warren Buffett

    February 7, 2013
    Warren Buffett hasn't shown much of an interest in ETFs. However, for retail investors, ETFs remove some of the risk of stock ...
  92. NuStar Earnings Short of Estimate - Analyst Blog

    February 4, 2013
    San Antonio-based publicly traded partnership NuStar Energy L.P. (NS) announced weak fourth quarter profits, hamstrung by ...
  93. Sunoco Logistics Ups Distribution - Analyst Blog

    January 25, 2013
    Energy pipelines and terminals operator Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL) declared that its general partner Sunoco Partners ...
  94. How to Build the Ultimate 'Doomsday Portfolio'

    January 24, 2013
    We've managed to avoid the great Mayan prediction of the end of the world along with countless doomsday prognostications ...
  95. One of the Safest Ways to Cash in on the Natural Gas Revolution

    January 18, 2013
    Did you know the United States is projected to be the world's top oil producer within the next five to seven years? At least ...
  96. Is it Time to Dump Bank Stocks?

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  97. The Smart Money Loves These 10 Stocks

    January 14, 2013
    During the past 10 years, the best hedge funds have consistently produced market-beating returns, driving huge capital inflows ...
  98. Short Sellers Are Loading up on Bank Stocks, Should You Follow ...

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  99. What To Consider Before Buying A Dividend ETF

    January 9, 2013
    For those outside of 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement accounts, exchange-traded funds are rapidly taking the ...
  100. The Biggest Electronics Show, Google Gets A Slap On The Wrist ...

    January 8, 2013
    For investors, the tech sector is off with a bang.
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