How Many Bank Stocks Are on the S&P 500?

How Many Bank Stocks Are on the S&P 500?

You can slice and dice bank stocks a number of different ways. In the past, I’ve done so based on their size, type, how much capital they have, and whether they’re considered too big to fail. All of these are good ways to organize the bank industry in your head. There’s another way that’s also worth considering: looking at which → Read More

Microsoft Corporation's Surface Studio Is Exceeding Expectations

Microsoft Corporation's Surface Studio Is Exceeding Expectations

In late 2016, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) released its first all-in-one desktop computer lineup known as the Surface Studio. The systems represent essentially ultra-premium Windows-based all-in-one computers with price tags to match (the systems start at $2,999 and go up from there). At the price points that Microsoft is asking, these systems were never going to be → Read More

3 Top Stocks to Buy for Your Grandkids

3 Top Stocks to Buy for Your Grandkids

A great way to get kids interested in money, investing, and the importance of saving early in life is to give them some hands-on training. If you’re considering gifting some money to your grandchildren, you might want to consider giving them stock, rather than cold, hard cash. Our top Motley Fool contributors love that idea, → Read More

No-Minimum Brokerages: Capital One vs. OptionsHouse

No-Minimum Brokerages: Capital One vs. OptionsHouse

When you’ve built some savings and have some extra room in your budget, it might be smart to open a brokerage account to start investing for the future. If you’ve done your homework, you’ve probably discovered that there are seemingly as many brokerages as there are investments. It can be overwhelming. Today we’ll take a → Read More

Why Did Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. Shares Jump 20% in December?

Why Did Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. Shares Jump 20% in December?

In a difficult market for restaurants, Dave & Buster’s  (NASDAQ:PLAY) has found a formula that works. The company had a very strong quarter that pushed its stock to big gains in December. What happened Dave & Buster’s saw its Q3 revenue rise by almost 19% to $228.7 million, up from from $192.8 million. In addition, → Read More

Better Buy: HCP, Inc. vs. Brookdale Senior Living

Better Buy: HCP, Inc. vs. Brookdale Senior Living

Healthcare real estate investment trust HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) recently spun off its skilled nursing properties in order to focus on its core, private-pay assets, much of which are senior housing properties. While I’m a fan of HCP (I own the stock in my retirement account), let’s see if investors might be better off with a → Read More

Are Malls Secretly Hoping Sears Holdings Goes Bankrupt?

Are Malls Secretly Hoping Sears Holdings Goes Bankrupt?

No one should celebrate the slow-motion demise of once-venerable retailer Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), but it’s been a long time since the department store was where America shopped. And because Sears and Kmart are merely shells of their former selves after they destroyed so much value over the years for employees, customers, and investors, there may be → Read More

J.C. Penney Fetches a Hefty Sum for Its Headquarters Building

J.C. Penney Fetches a Hefty Sum for Its Headquarters Building

Mid-priced department store J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) has hit some bumps in its recovery over the past year. Unfavorable weather and disruption from the reconfiguration of its stores combined to undermine J.C. Penney’s sales momentum during 2016. However, the company has continued making progress on one of its most important priorities: cleaning up its balance sheet. → Read More

Why Exact Sciences Corp. Shot 44.7% Higher in 2016

Why Exact Sciences Corp. Shot 44.7% Higher in 2016

What happened Soaring sales following the launch of its colon-cancer DNA test, Cologuard, led to Exact Sciences‘ (NASDAQ:EXAS) shares surging 44.7% higher in 2016, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. So what Colonoscopies may be the gold standard in colon-cancer screening, but they are expensive and invasive, and as a result, a significant population of → Read More

Carnival's new wearable rethinks the cruise ship vacation

Carnival's new wearable rethinks the cruise ship vacation

Chinese tourists flock to cruises Carnival is taking a page out of Disney’s playbook. The cruise line company announced at CES 2017 on Wednesday plans to give passengers on board its ships high-tech wearable wristbands. Guests can use the device to unlock their room, purchase food and pay to play games such as blackjack. The → Read More

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