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Mixed Earnings Results Leave Investors Looking for Direction This Morning October 23, 2019 9:33 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Cold Fries, Hot Industrials: McDonald’s Miss Could Weigh on DJIA Even As SPX Gets Lift October 22, 2019 9:35 AM   |  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) could find itself under pressure today after disappointing results from McDonald’s and Travelers, but there are plenty of positive earnings reports out there this morning as well.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
A Quarter for Your Thoughts: Nearly 25% of S&P 500 Firms Report This Week October 21, 2019 9:24 AM   |  

Earnings continue to be the focus as nearly 25% of S&P 500 companies report this week. Today’s a little light, but tomorrow’s calendar is packed as investors prepare for McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin and others.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Strong Start to Earnings Season Helps Shares Despite Slowing Growth In China October 18, 2019 9:28 AM   |  

Data from China showed the world’s largest economy grew at the slowest pace in nearly three decades, and the weaker than expected print threatened to take the fizz out of stocks. But U.S. shares seem to be holding up well as a strong start to earnings season continued with Coca-Cola (KO) shares gaining after the soft drink maker reported revenue that topped expectations.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Brexit Deal and Better-Than-Expected Earnings Have Wall Street in a Buying Mood October 17, 2019 9:34 AM   |  

News that Britain and the European Union have struck a preliminary Brexit deal boosted market sentiment. While the deal still has to be approved by British lawmakers and other EU member states, the draft deal seems to have gone a long way toward soothing investors worried about the state of the global economy.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Carry the Tune: Bank of America Keeps Things Humming as Focus Turns to Netflix October 16, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

Bank of America became the fifth major bank to report so far this earnings season, and it came in with better-than-expected results. The spotlight shines on Netflix this afternoon.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Bank Earnings Quartet Mostly in Tune as JP Morgan, Citigroup Lead Way October 15, 2019 9:40 AM   |  

Earnings season kicks off today with a quartet of major banks reporting. The results so far point to a mixed picture, with strength at some balanced by weakness at others as we await more color from executives on the calls.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Solid Ground: Trade Drama Finally Has Competition as Earnings Come Into View October 14, 2019 9:17 AM   |  

The day starts with investors re-evaluating the meaning of a “phase one” agreement with China amid varying news reports. The earnings season gets underway with a bang tomorrow.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
The Windup and the Pitch: Rally Hats On, But Game Far From Over On Trade October 11, 2019 9:33 AM   |  

The market is in rally mode early Friday as optimism grows about possible progress in today’s trade talks. That said, there’s always a chance things could go south, so keep the seatbelts fastened.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
With Trade Talks Thrown Into Question, Investors Hunker Down October 10, 2019 9:44 AM   |  

It’s been hard to make sense of the news flow, and by this morning equities index futures had pared their losses as investors apparently strap in to see what actually happens.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Halloween Stocks Could Offer a Treat for Your Portfolio October 9, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Get some Halloween stock treats and bone up on some investing ideas for your Halloween portfolio.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Flipping the Switch: Investors Return to Optimism Ahead of Trade Talks October 9, 2019 9:49 AM   |  

Investors are once again more optimistic ahead of high-level trade talks that start tomorrow after Bloomberg reported that China is still open to a partial trade deal and a Financial Times article said the Asian nation has offered to boost its yearly purchases of U.S. farm products.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Retirement Portfolio Assets: Allocation by Age August 14, 2019 10:28 AM   |  

As you progress through your retirement investing journey, consider adjusting your asset allocation as your time horizon, investment goals, and risk tolerance change.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Back-to-School Season Means Shopping for Kids—and Your Portfolio? August 13, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

September means back-to-school time, which could mean shopping for your student and a portfolio of stock investments.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
How to Invest in Gold? Let Us Count the Ways: ETFs, Stocks, Physical, & Futures July 23, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn about the different alternatives and their pros and cons.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Price-to-Earnings Ratio: The Price Is Right ... Right? July 18, 2019 8:00 PM   |  

The price-to-earnings ratio has its critics, yet it remains a metric worth watching for valuing stocks and making investment decisions.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Fourth of July Pop, Boom, and Sparkle: Summer Seasonal Stocks to Consider July 2, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Looking for a little portfolio sparkle this Independence Day? Here are some summer holiday-themed stocks to research and consider.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Skittish Stocks Found New Momentum in June June 28, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

The stock market found new momentum throughout June as the issue of U.S.-China tariffs remained unresolved. The month included several major earnings and a lackluster jobs report.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Tariff Issues in the Foreground with Nike Q4 Earnings June 26, 2019 8:24 AM   |  

Athletic apparel maker Nike Inc. reports fiscal Q4 earnings on Thursday after the closing bell. Investors could learn whether it can continue the across-the-board growth it saw in Q3.

5 min read  |  Earnings Reports
Ripples Across the Pond: Potential Brexit Impact on the U.S. Economy June 3, 2019 11:22 AM   |  

If a no-deal Brexit should come to pass, there would likely be further market volatility. But an “oasis” factor could help fortify the U.S. economy.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Slack DPO and Direct Listings: Considerations for Investors May 28, 2019 10:39 AM   |  

Communication app maker Slack is preparing its first direct listing. Here are some things to know about Slack and about the direct listing process.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Tax-Aware Mind-Set: Seeking a Strategic Portfolio Balance March 4, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Looking for a diversified portfolio that’s also tax efficient? Learn how the one-two punch of tax-free debt securities and tax-loss harvesting can help you pursue your goals.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Trading Micro Caps and Investing in Penny Stocks: A Big Look at the Tiny February 20, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the difference between penny stocks and micro-cap stocks, plus the potential risks of such investments, to help you decide if you should consider them.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Three Things to Consider for Your Equity Compensation Plan February 7, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Got stock options? Set goals and have a plan. Here are three steps to consider for your equity compensation plan.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Things to Watch in February: Earnings, Brexit, and Volatility January 31, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

February’s market seems poised for more possible volatility as investors watch how geopolitical issues like Brexit and U.S.-China tariff tensions unfold. Meanwhile, Q4 earnings season, now underway, is presenting a mixed bag and the government shutdown continues.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Tips for Riding Out Volatility in Your Company’s Stock December 21, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Does volatility worry you when it comes to the stock you've received as compensation? Learn tips to help manage this valid concern.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Ben’s Sandbox Article November 13, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Investing in Marijuana Stocks? Don’t Let Your Money Go Up in Smoke November 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

If you’re considering investing in marijuana stocks, it’s important to know some of the unique risks associated with the marijuana industry including scams. Read more for information on stock scams and differences between federal and state laws.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
What’s a Stock Exchange? U.S. and International Stock Markets October 19, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What we refer to as a “stock market” is actually an intertwined global ecosystem. Learn the “who, what and why” of the stock market and stock exchanges.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
August Markets: Earnings Deliver, Turkey Enters Geopolitical Fray August 30, 2018 5:00 AM   |  

Geopolitical issues flared up again in August with Turkey’s potential currency crisis. Concerns over the headlines were seemingly tempered by strong earnings reports.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
Beauty and Cosmetics Stocks: Diving into a Multibillion Dollar Industry August 27, 2018 11:58 AM   |  

Thinking about investing in beauty stocks? Learn more about this multibillion dollar industry, including recent trends and who some of the major players are.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Pet Food Stocks: Pet Care Is Big Business, and Millennials Are Buying In August 13, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Is your pet a member of your family? Learn how our love of animals makes for big business.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Basics of Investing in Stocks: What is a Stock? July 31, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

New to stock investing? Learn the basics of stocks, earnings, dividends, and how a stock’s value is determined.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Asset Allocation 101: What are the Asset Classes and How Does One Choose? July 27, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
June Markets: A Tale of Solid Economic Data & Trade Fears June 28, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

After a relatively calm start to the month, investor jitters returned in the second half of June over rising concerns about a possible trade war with China.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
U.S. Housing Market: Tight Supply Persists at Start of 2018 January 2, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Homebuilders and housing-related companies had a strong 2017 and outperformed the S&P 500. Will the trend continue heading into Q4 earnings reports?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook November 19, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

It’s that time of year again, and the question, as always, is how wide will consumers open their wallets? Spending has been strong.

3 min read  |  Economic Trends
Global Diversification Strategy Could Be Served By Thinking Local October 25, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Having global exposure can sound complicated. But you may already be exposed to global economic trends if you're invested in major U.S. stocks.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
How Technological Breakthroughs Are Changing Aging October 13, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Technological advances are making seniors more independent

2 min read  |  Retirement Lifestyle
Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment September 11, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

In low-interest rate environment, investors sometimes look to dividend-paying stocks as a mean of generating income.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
That’s the Spirit! Fine Whiskey Becomes an Investment September 1, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about collecting whiskey by understanding the basics of auctions, collecting and storage.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Tech Time Machine: What’s Changed Since 2000, and What Hasn’t June 14, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Some investors draw parallels between the Nasdaq Composite index now versus that of the late 1990s and early 2000, but there may be more to the story.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Is the Activewear Apparel Market Getting Bent Out of Shape? June 9, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

After an extended period of growth, the activewear market seems to be taking a time-out.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Taking a Spirited Look at the Booze Industry? Here are a Few Thoughts April 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Thinking of some liquid assets for your portfolio? Booze stocks may fit the bill.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Your Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Diversification? January 25, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The world’s information, and the infrastructure that supports it, is shifting to cloud-based computing and the companies that provide it.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Spooky Sales Spike on Halloween, May Hint at Strong Christmas October 17, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Halloween spending looks to be on the rise, and that could give investors a hint about the key Christmas shopping season and how it might affect retailers’ bo

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Online, Mobile Shopping: Help or Hurt Brick-and-Mortar Retailers? October 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Retail stores are closing in alarming numbers, but is the traditional shopping center dead? This revolution in retail will take years to shake out.

8 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Approaching Retirement? Why You May Want to Consider Growth Stocks September 22, 2016 5:58 AM   |  

Growth stocks and growth mutual funds can fit into investment portfolios of people planning to retire in the coming few years, retirement experts say.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
U.S. Presidential Election Cycle & Stock Market Performance August 30, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The U.S. presidential election cycle theory of the stock market says that the market moves based on the year of the president's term. Is there any proof?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Technology Keeps Advancing, How Can Investors Join In? August 16, 2016 1:50 PM   |  

Discover which segments of technology might deliver higher growth thanks to innovation, new technologies, and an entrepreneurial drive to make life better.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Income Conundrum: Retirees Seek Higher Yields but Not Risk July 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

For retirees, the recent dip to record low U.S. bond yields poses a challenge. Will investors be forced into more dangerous investments?

7 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Ignore the In-Crowd? Explaining the Popularity Premium in Stocks November 11, 2015 7:01 PM   |  

Investors might rethink risk and consider picking less popular stocks for better long-run historical performance.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Stock Sector Focus: Can Sin Pay Off? October 11, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Alcohol, tobacco,and gaming stock sectors are called the triumvirate of sin. For investors, it can pay be sinful.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Forget Coffee: High-End Teas are the Hottest Millennial Trend August 6, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Tea is hot, and that’s good news for consumers and investors looking for a new beverage to tempt their taste buds.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Economic X-Ray: Big Industrials Embrace Big Data, Technology July 26, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Dig deeper with your research of the industrial economy to uncover the companies that effectively embrace big data and the industrial Internet of things.

6 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Economic X-Ray: Maturing Cloud Demands Data Security June 17, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Monitor maturing cloud technology as consolidation dominates a sector occupied by tech powerhouses and as providers look for what’s next in security and data.

6 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Topsy Turvy: Crowdfunding and the Financial Sector May 10, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Scrutinizing financial stocks? Crowdfunding and other alternative funding methods are growing fast, and are even challenging traditional banking.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Bond and Stock Basics: What the Heck Is the Yield Curve? May 3, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Income Investments Beyond Dividend Stocks and Bonds April 20, 2015 11:25 AM   |  

Easy monetary policies have left income investors in a lurch. But exchange-traded funds (ETFs), REITs, master limited partnerships (MLPs), and preferred stocks can help fill the gap.

1 min read  |  Real Estate
Get into the New Year’s “Spirit” with Some Premium Hooch December 29, 2014 7:00 PM   |  

As the U.S. economy improves, consumers are showing a growing taste for higher-end, even investment-grade, whiskey and wine.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Thinking Outside the Cash Box: Take Advantage of Rising Rates April 13, 2014 9:48 AM   |  

Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Four Big Mistakes That Will Devastate Your Finances June 14, 2012 10:29 PM   |  

The Motley Fool details four big mistakes that could devastate your finances.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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