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GAAP Earnings: Wall Street's Version of "The Big Con"

Earnings: Wall Street’s Version of “The Big Con”

Earnings at many U.S. companies are falling. A few brave souls are calling it an “earnings recession.” But that’s not the story that Wall Street and corporate America want to tell investors through mainstream financial media outlets. Like peacocks, firms want to proudly announce that their earnings “beat the street.” So with a wink and...

Retirement Planning in Middle-Age: Make It Easy On Yourself

Not Saving for Retirement at 40? Crazy!

An ongoing Gallup poll shows more angst among people ages 30 to 49, than those younger and older, when it comes to financial matters, including retirement. There’s a good reason for this. Many in this age bracket are “sandwiched” between taking care of their children (including college expenses) and caring for an elderly parent. Add...

Amazon (AMZN) Q1 Earnings Report – What to Watch For

Investor Alert as Amazon Reports Q1 Earnings

For the past week or so, Wall Street has been knee-deep in tech companies’ quarterly earnings reports. IBM (IBM), Facebook (FB), Intel (INTC), Netflix (NFLX), Yahoo! (YHOO), and Qualcomm (QCOM) are just a few of the heavyweights to have reported. Later today, it’s another perennial big mover’s turn – Amazon (AMZN). The world’s largest online...

U.S. Dollar Strength Dampens American Companies' Earnings

Strong U.S. Dollar Dampens Earnings

Since mid-July 2014, the U.S. dollar has been on a tear. In that time, the Dollar Index has shot up over 17%. If you had a European vacation planned for this spring, that’s great news. But the dollar’s charge hasn’t been quite as welcome for many U.S.-based multinational corporations. Indeed, earnings season has been hard...

Harman International Industries (HAR) Jumps 23.7%

Harman Stock Jumps 23.7%

Harman International Industries (HAR) shares soared last Thursday, thanks to better-than-expected Q2 results. The announcement sent the stock rocketing more than 23.7% higher on heavy volume, making it one of the top gainers in the S&P 500. Shares of Harman closed the day at $125.01, an increase of $24 over its closing price last Wednesday....

Apple Earnings Report: Three Things to Focus on After the Bell

Flash Alert: Concerning Apple’s Earnings Today

After the bell today, Apple (AAPL), the biggest player in the smartphone market – and the largest company in the stock market – is expected to report its biggest quarter on record. You get the point. It’s a big deal. I’ll actually be appearing on CNBC’s Closing Bell to provide instant reactions once the numbers...

Shoe Carnival Q3 Results Attract Retail Investors

Shoe Carnival’s Q3 Results Attract Investors

Shares of Shoe Carnival (SCVL) soared in trading Tuesday as the company released its Q3 2014 results, which indicated better-than-expected performance in several areas. The retailer of family footwear rose more than 18.9%, or $3.72, to close at $23.34 per share. It was a welcome shift, considering that the stock had declined by more than...

Retail Stocks: 10 Things You Need to Know for Black Friday

10 Things You Need to Know About Retail

Well, the most American holiday of the year is almost here, and I don’t mean Thanksgiving. No, I’m talking about Black Friday. Indeed, retailers are already gearing up for their busiest stretch. With that in mind, I’m giving you my No. 1 tip to beat the Black Friday rush: Don’t go. Seriously. Instead, check out...