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Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD)

Do You Understand Sears’ Real Estate Potential?

It seems that, for the most part, investors and analysts have come around to the value proposition put forth by Eddie Lampert’s Sears Holdings Corporation......(read more)
The Coca-Cola Company

A Stupid Idea for Coke From the Get-Go

A few years back I won a free Palm Handspring PDA from a The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) bottle cap promotion, proving the benefits from such marketing......(read more)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Want to Invest in Crowdfunding? Read This First

Want to raise funding for a pizza museum in Philly? Been there. How about a funeral? Done that. Maybe a crowdfunded porta-potty? Yes, we’ve seen......(read more)
Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE)

America’s Peak Oil Plan in Two Charts

It’s easy to talk about peak oil in a theoretical sense and ignore the real changes that are already happening. Not only is America producing more......(read more)
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM)

Is the World on the Verge of a Shale Oil Boom?

According to a new report from research firm IHS Global Insights, the world may be on the verge of a shale energy boom. But before investors get too excited......(read more)
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD)

3 Companies That Might Acquire Rite Aid

Is it possible that Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) will be acquired by one of its larger competitors – Walgreen or CVS? The answer is likely “......(read more)
KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE:KFN)

5 Stocks Growing Their Dividends by 10% Per Year

Dividend investors would be wise to focus not just on a stock’s current yield, but also on the long-term growth potential of its dividends. That......(read more)
Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK)

The Pharmaceutical Industry’s 10 Biggest R&D Budgets

Innovation is everything when it comes to the pharmaceutical sector. Behind those glorious 75%-plus gross margins associated with branded and patented......(read more)
The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD)

Rent vs. Buy: Why Buying a House Generally Wins

Rent vs. buy. In finance circles, it’s a bigger debate than “paper vs. plastic” or “tastes great vs. less filling.” It remains......(read more)
hedge fund research

Warren Buffett Won’t Abandon Bank of America

Source: The Motley Fool. Two years ago, Warren Buffett called Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan to suggest a deal. In exchange for a......(read more)
Barack Obama serious

Look What the Koch Brothers Are Buying Now

Conservative billionaires and liberal bugaboos Charles and David Koch are believed to have spent nearly $100 million on the 2012 elections, hoping to......(read more)
Biggest IPOs in US History

The End of Investment Banks

On this day in economic and business history … Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) announced their intent to become......(read more)
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)

What Tesla Wants and Renewables Need

Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) is developing a not-so-secret technology — and it’s not the only one. If Mr. Market decides its innovation is......(read more)
Universal Corp

This Stock Has All the Characteristics of a Benjamin Graham Investment

In his book “The Intelligent Investor,” Benjamin Graham set out some key rules that should be adhered to when analyzing companies in order......(read more)
Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG)

Is the American Consumer in Worse Shape Now Than 4 Years Ago?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and broader-based S&P 500 (S&P Indices:.INX) are up a staggering 137% and 151% from their March......(read more)
Ternium S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TX)

This Massive Gold Project Is Doomed

Perhaps Anglo American saw the writing on the wall. After the Environmental Protection Agency opposed the massive Pebble copper project in Alaska that......(read more)
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ADR)

Can Big Beer Break Into Craft Brew?

It’s no secret that the growth in the domestic beer industry is coming from craft brews. For example, in 2012, sales of craft grew 17%, while the......(read more)
Carl Icahn - Icahn Capital Lp

Should Investors Follow Carl Icahn Into This Auto Supplier?

Despite continued trouble in Europe, the auto supply sector has been outpacing the broader market averages over the past year, as it rides higher auto......(read more)
Dominion Resources, Inc. (D)

Defense News Roundup: Saudi Tanks, UAE Rockets, and Fighters for Tunisia

The U.S. military has a reputation as a somewhat secretive organization. But in one respect at least, the Pentagon is one of the most “open”......(read more)
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG)

Chipotle Doubles Down on Organic

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) has always sought to distinguish itself from the typical fast-food competition. Unlike rivals such as McDonald......(read more)
AstraZeneca plc (ADR) (NYSE:AZN)

Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming Flu Season

To me, flu season is a lot like Christmas; there’s a defined time period when we expect it to occur, yet it seems to appear earlier and earlier......(read more)
genetically modified foods

Are Farmers to Blame for Resistant Pests?

The Western Corn Rootworm is one of the five agricultural pests that have developed resistance to GM crops. Source: Wikimedia Commons. A study conducted......(read more)
Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX)

The World Needs 390 Billion Barrels of New Oil Production by 2035

Photo credit: Anadarko. Production from legacy oil wells is declining each year. At the same time, demand from emerging markets is rising rapidly. When......(read more)
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)

3 Tech Companies for Dividend Growth Investors

Dividend growth investing is a powerful and time-proven approach to selecting long-term winners for your portfolio. The tech sector has traditionally......(read more)
The Gap Inc.

The Best Holding Period Is a Really Long, Long Time

Recently, my Fool colleague John Maxfield highlighted data from M&T Bank showing that the top-performing S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) components over......(read more)
Twitter Inc (TWTR), NYSE:TWTR

What to Expect With Twitter’s IPO

A little bird might have told you that Twitter was planning an IPO. That bird might have, in fact, been Twitter itself. The news has sent the Internet......(read more)
Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN)

4 Health-Care Industry Predictions for the Next 20 Years

It’s really amazing to think about how far we’ve come over even the past decade in the health-care arena. In that time we’ve seen heart......(read more)
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC)

Should the U.S. Go Nuclear-Free?

For the second time since the Fukushima disaster and the third time in over 40 years, Japan is entirely nuclear-free. With proponents and opponents battling......(read more)
Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD)

The New Metric Designed to Flush out Inefficient Gold Miners

All-in sustaining cash costs is the new gold mining industry byword. The measure (AISC for short) was finalized in June and is supported by the World......(read more)
Emergent Biosolutions Inc (NYSE:EBS)

Investing in Counteracting Biological and Chemical Agents

Chemical nerve agents have garnered much media coverage recently, but receiving less attention are the companies involved in the development of countermeasures......(read more)
Claymore/Zacks Multi-Asset Inc Idx (ETF) (NYSEARCA:CVY)

3 Reasons Why This Is a Great Income ETF

Income investing is a challenge in this current low yield environment. While it is true that interest rates have recently started to inch upward, that......(read more)
Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT)

Long-Term Prospects Are Getting Better for This IT Company

If there is such a thing as a defensive growth stock in the IT sector, then Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT) might be it. Along with its rival Nice......(read more)
most valuable brands in 2013

$18 Million Reasons Why Elop Could Be Microsoft’s Next CEO

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is reportedly going to pay around $18 million of former Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Chief Stephen Elop......(read more)
US Airways Group Inc (NYSE:LCC)

Should This Airline Launch a Share Buyback?

There’s one big problem with share buybacks: When a company has the cash for a buyback, shares are often expensive. And when they’re cheap......(read more)
Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL)

An Excellent Investment in the Biotech Space?

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 60,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., and about 1,850 people are expected......(read more)
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)

3 Things You Should Know About the New Dow

As of Friday’s close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones Indices:.DJI) made a big change, sending three of its components to the sidelines......(read more)
Barack Obama serious

Where Do the Funds Go If Obamacare Is Defunded?

Stopping a “train wreck.” Caving in to “anarchists.” Trying to “extort a president.” Those were the views of House......(read more)
BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) (NYSE:BHP)

Oil and Coal Stock Valuation: What You’re Missing

Like it or not, climate change and society’s attempts to constrain it have a growing impact on companies’ bottom lines. Nowhere is that more......(read more)
genetically modified foods

Will Monsanto (MON) Destroy Another Crop?

The U.S. wheat industry was nearly brought to its knees after the discovery of a genetically modified strain Monsanto (NYSE:MON) had tested years ago......(read more)
PNC Financial Services (NYSE:PNC)

Exploring How 1 Bank Makes Its Money

Source: Tax Credits. Many investors shy away from investing in banks because they seem too complex or too difficult to understand, as they often have......(read more)
Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI)

Coal Growth Beyond China

China has accounted for nearly all of coal’s demand growth over the past decade. Although demand from that country should continue to expand as......(read more)
American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC)

Making Sense of mREITs Post-Dividend Cuts

Mortgage REITs soared after Bernanke announced that the Fed wouldn’t taper at its September meeting. Now, two days later, the industry is signaling......(read more) (NASDAQ:AMZN), The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Amazon Is Planting Seeds Against its Competitors

Since its launch in 1994,, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has taken on rivals in almost every industry imaginable. The company has helped to create a......(read more)
Tim Hortons Inc. (USA) (NYSE:THI)

How You Can Beat the Cyclicality in the Restaurant Industry

After a weak 2012, the restaurant industry seems to be recuperating. Lower food-cost inflation, growing same-store sales (mainly on the back of extra......(read more)
Largest Online Retailers in the World

In the Retail World, the Holidays Start Early

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) brought back its layaway service in 2011 to relatively wide acclaim. Though only available during the holiday shopping......(read more)
ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Four Reasons to Buy This Biotechnology Stock

ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISIS), a developer and marketer of RNA-based novel drugs to treat a variety of diseases, has been one of the best......(read more)
Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO)

Is This the Next Can’t-Miss MLP IPO?

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) is following in the footsteps of just about every other energy company lately and filing with the SEC to spin off......(read more)
Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX)

Medical Device Industry Faces a Rising Demand Curve

In the midst of an aging population, the United States remains the market leader for medical devices, accounting for about one-third of the worldwide......(read more)
Tom Gayner

Why I’m Buying Markel

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. You could argue then, compellingly......(read more)
Jony Ive, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

The Incredible Lightness of Part-Time Investing

As engaging as investing can be for many of us, it’s not a passion we want to consume all our waking hours. One difficulty many long-term investors......(read more)

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