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August 2014

Unsurprisingly, Apple Hits $100 a Share

By - August 26, 2014

For the first time in history, the S&P 500 hit the 2,000 level yesterday – a huge milestone for the markets, indeed. Though the S&P was unable to sustain the 2,000 level, the storied benchmark still managed to close at…

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Two Cheap Dividend-Growing Refiners

By - August 26, 2014

Back in May, I uncovered two dirt-cheap dividend growers in the technology sector: NetApp (NTAP) and Xerox (XRX). Since my article on these tech gems, the stocks have logged total returns of 15.1% and 13.3%, respectively. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is up only 5.2%…

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Athlete Tracking Stock Issues First Dividend

By - August 22, 2014

The NFL season is almost upon us… Bars across the nation will be flooded with patrons rooting for their favorite teams – while ordering beers and spicy buffalo wings. Stadiums will be packed with raucous fans cheering touchdowns and jeering turnovers. Some…

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Stock Pickers Languishing, Smart Beta Gaining

By - August 19, 2014

The art of professional stock picking is dying… or so we’re led to believe. Active management involves selecting securities to own based on research and analysis. The idea is to pick attractive stocks and outperform the market. In theory, picking…

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How Income Inequality Sabotages the Economy

By - August 15, 2014

An increasing gap between the “Haves” and “Have Nots” has economists and analysts concerned about the state of America’s economy. There’s nothing new about income inequality. But what is particularly concerning is how it’s skyrocketed in the years after the Great Recession.…

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Buy This Cheap Beer (Stock)

By - August 15, 2014

Let’s say you walk into a local bar after work and sit down for a refreshing beer. Then you notice that one of your favorite beers, the Sam Adams Cold Snap, is listed for $10. Since it’s beer we’re talking…

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Pairs Trade: Long the Strong, Short the Weak

By - August 13, 2014

Last week, I revealed how weaker firms have been able to outperform companies with stronger balance sheets. I also noted that the trend is beginning to reverse course – a development that could lead to disaster for investors caught unaware. So today,…

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The Credit Markets Lead, Equities Follow

By - August 8, 2014

One of the most fascinating developments of the stock market rally over the past few years has been the killer performance of companies with less-than-stellar financial situations. Companies with weak balance sheets have actually outperformed those with strong balance sheets. However, this…

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Current Home Price Appreciation Unsustainable

By - August 5, 2014

According to conventional wisdom, housing is a good investment… perhaps even a great investment. Gallup conducts an annual poll asking a sample of Americans to choose what they perceive to be the best long-term investment. In the April 2014 poll, 24% of…

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