Benefit Corporations Put Causes Before Profits. Should You?

by Tom Sandford

On August 26, analysts caught wind that Jessica Alba’s Honest Company - a producer of environmentally friendly infant products - would be going public. However, The Honest Company isn’t your typical for-profit business. It is one of thousands of “benefit corporations,” or “B corps,” that puts a social or environmental cause before profits. That’s a fact investors will have to get behind before they buy in to the nearly $1 billion company. Should you consider it?

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The Day the Music Dies at Pandora

by Zachary Scheidt

Shares of Pandora Media (NYSE: P) have pulled off an amazing feat. Thanks to a stock price near $27.50, Pandora has a current market cap near $5.7 billion dollars. That’s a big price tag for a company that is struggling to clear a modest profit.

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3 Sentiment Indicators To Guide You Through Today’s Market

by David Becker

Market sentiment is the crowd psychology of market participants and can help give investors a clue of the future direction of a market. With the S&P 500 index hitting all-time highs, investors should pay attention to sentiment indicators to see if the current outlook is too rosy. Here are three sentiment indicators that will help guide you through the current market environment.

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Plus The Rust Belt Revival: Now the Chinese Come to Us

by David Fessler

After two decades of flying the coop, the chickens are coming home to roost. And they're bringing friends. I'm talking about American companies that had moved their manufacturing operations offshore to China. They're moving back: More than 200 U.S.-based companies have repatriated manufacturing production in the last four years. Read On…

Plus Plenty of Room Left to Run

by Marc Lichtenfeld

Five and a half years into a bull market, the bears are eager to argue that today’s market is overvalued. Of course, many of them have been saying that for five and a half years, but that’s another story. I have not been in the “market is overvalued” camp. Read On…

IU Stock Grader Smith & Wesson (SWHC) Loses Its Bang, Shares Plummet 11%

by Ryan Fitzwater

Over the last three years, Smith & Wesson (Nasdaq: SWHC) shares have been on a wild ride, shooting up over 348%. But the gun manufacturer completely missed the target in its most recent quarter. Shares are down over 11% today as a result.With the future unknown, it is best to see how Smith & Wesson performs from a fundamental perspective with our Investment U Fundamental Factor Test. Read On…

New Ways to Invest in Your Child

by Tom Sandford

According to a study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs about $245,340 for the average American family to raise a child to age 18. That’s an increase of more than 2%, or about $4,000, over last year. Sounds like a great way to go broke, right? Not so. All that kiddie cash is destined for a handful of child-oriented companies. Here are the ones you should know about. Read On…

Plus Technical Tuesday: The Signal That Predicts a Breakout

by Christopher Rowe

A biotech sector ETF has just completed the strongest bullish continuation pattern possible - the "cup with handle" formation. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (Nasdaq: IBB) began this chart formation in late February and completed it on Friday. The breakout that the formation typically signals began yesterday. Read On…

How to Profit from the Russian Import Ban

by Rebecca Baldridge

In response to U.S. and European sanctions, Russian president Vladimir Putin banned the import of certain food products from the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia and Norway. Russia plays a big role in the global economy. So what will this mean for investors? The answer lies in allocations to international and emerging market equities. Read On…

Plus Here's What This Top Money Manager Thinks You Should Buy Now

by Alexander Green

When the markets start to get tricky, I often call up my old friend and former Wall Street colleague Rick Pfeifer for a chat. With almost 30 years' experience as a researcher and money manager, much of his success is due to his global perspective, a decidedly contrarian bent and an unconventional point of view. Here are just a few of his thoughts from an interview this week. Read On…

Don’t Believe the Bears

by Mark Skousen

During my 40 years in the investment business, I’ve seen pretty much everything - bull and bear markets, boom and bust, inflation and deflation, crises and crashes. The one lesson I’ve learned is to avoid being bearish for too long. Read On…

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