NEWSWORTHY CNBC: Is This Stock Hazardous to Your Portfolio?

by Rachel Gearhart

A major pharmaceutical company just received a double dose of good news. But Chief Income Strategist Marc Lichtenfeld still isn't sold. Could this stock be hazardous to your portfolio? Find out in this exclusive interview on CNBC's Talking Numbers.

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Who Will Win the Home Improvement Battle?

by Zachary Scheidt

Competition is heating up between the two largest home improvement chains. The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s Companies (NYSE: LOW) are battling to win sales from homeowners and construction contractors.

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In a $6.2 Billion Market, Investors Are Bubbly Over Coke and Monster Deal

by Tom Sandford

Last week, The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) announced it would pay $2.15 billion for a 17% stake in Monster Beverage Corp. (Nasdaq: MNST). According to the agreement, the companies will exchange brands that allow them to refocus on the specialized beverage types they are best at making.

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Plus The Fix Is In on Silver

by Sean Brodrick

The silver fix has been in place for about a century. But as of last Thursday, the price of silver is set by a new electronic system. Participants enter electronic orders at a proposed starting price tracked by CME Group, which owns the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, as well as CBOT, NYMEX and others. Read On…

Plus Make Sure Your Upside Is Worth the Risk

by Marc Lichtenfeld

It occurred to me that many investors do the same thing as the losing fighter. They take on too much risk and take a beating despite the lack of a huge reward. They'll buy a stock, ride it all the way down and lose a ton of money. Or if the stock goes higher instead, they take profits too soon. Here are two strategies to ensure your investing or trading behavior doesn't mirror the beat-up boxer. Read On…

How to Use an Iron Condor to Profit

by David Becker

What if you want to take a position in a stock, but instead of profiting if the stock price moves higher or lower, you want to earn a return if the stock stays in a specific range. The iron condor combines two separate options strategies to form one powerful trading technique. Read On…

Plus How to Play the World's Geopolitical Crises

by Alexander Green

Pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV and it seems like the world is going up in flames. As a global investor, how should you react to unsettling events? You shouldn't. This is a considered answer, not a flip one. Let's take a dispassionate look at the history of the stock market... Read On…

Chart of the Week: Is Wealthier Really Heathier?

by Christopher Rowe

Regardless of mid-career income, it’s safe to say that as technology and medicine continue to make great advancements, men and women are generally seeing longer life expectancies. That said, the increasing gap between the average life expectancy of the top 10% and bottom 10% of income earners is a good reason for concern. Read On…

Could Kinder Morgan’s Corporate Makeover Be the Death of MLPs?

by Rachel Gearhart

On Sunday, Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) announced that it will consolidate its four pipeline companies into one. The $44 billion plan involves abandoning the master limited partnership (MLP) structure that Kinder Morgan helped popularize for energy companies. So, with the news of the trendsetter’s restructuring and the government’s tightening of the reins on MLPs, will other companies consolidate too? Is this the death of MLPs? Read On…

Plus Cross Your Fingers

by Sean Brodrick

Among the words you never want to hear as the plane you're riding in comes in for a landing is "cross your fingers." But that's exactly what the helpful flight attendant told us today as our Boeing 737-400 descended into a fog bank over Deadhorse, Alaska. Read On…

Plus Where I Keep My Cash

by Marc Lichtenfeld

The problem for most investors is that cash pays nothing. I remember the days of getting 4% for keeping money in the bank. These days you're lucky to get 1/100th of that. Seriously. My brokerage account money market pays 0.01%. Read On…

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