Jeannette Di Louie

The Hunger Games Eats up the Competition

by Jeannette Di Louie

Last month, movie buffs flocked to theaters around the U.S. to catch the much-anticipated premiere of the newest Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. Over opening weekend, the cinematic production – based on the second book of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult series – garnered $142.8 million. That puts it in fourth place for the most profitable U.S. movie opening... Read On…

A Closer Look at JPMorgan's $13 Billion Settlement

by Jeannette Di Louie

Banks are supposed to be a financial safe haven: a place to store money and valuables. People trust their banks to secure their checking and savings accounts, handle their loans, and offer reliable investment opportunities such as CDs. That trust usually extends to the stock market too. Read On…

WARNING: This Bull Market Won’t Last Forever

by Jeannette Di Louie

On March 5, 2013, the S&P 500 hit an all-time new high of 1,539.79. By May 20, it was up to 1,666.29. Then in July, it set another new high. The same thing happened in August... and in September... and again in October... and yet again on November 18. Judging by its track record since early 2009, this market seems unstoppable. Read On…

Forget Russia and India: The MINT Countries Are the New Big Thing

by Jeannette Di Louie

Move over, BRIC countries. There’s a new investing acronym in town. And there are plenty of experts out there preaching how it could make you a mint. Whereas BRIC is the term economist Terence James O’Neill coined back in 2001 when he headed up the Goldman Sachs global economics research department, MINT came about much more recently thanks to Fidelity International. Yet it’s only catching on now with some help from O’Neill. Read On…

Take Advantage of America's Limited-Time-Only Oil Surge

by Jeannette Di Louie

America is about to have a five-year window when it dominates the oil industry. Speaking at a news conference in London, International Energy Agency (IEA) chief economist Fatih Birol said that, as of 2015, the United States will become the world’s largest oil producer. And it will reign supreme until 2020, when “there will be a major dominance of Middle East oil” once again. Read On…

Measuring The Container Store’s IPO

by Jeannette Di Louie

On Friday, Nov. 1, The Container Store conducted its IPO, opening at $17.50 per share. Within minutes, however, investors took the price to $35. When the closing bell rang, shares closed at an impressive $36.28. So what did the IPO-hungry market see in the business? Read On…

China's Investment in Brazil Turning Sour

by Jeannette Di Louie

What China wants, China gets. Except, it seems, in the case of Brazil. Only a few years ago, the two nations seemed to have the best of relationships, what with Brazil's abundance of natural resources and China's desperate need for them. The Asian powerhouse struggles to support its rapidly expanding middle class, which is hungry for a taste of the good life. Read On…