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Google’s Stock Split Not Ideal for All Shareholders; Is a Crash on the Horizon?

April 2nd, 2014

Stocks continue to rally and end up for a second straight day as the S&P 500 achieves yet another record close. Investors are worried that there may be a crash similar to what occurred in 1987 on the horizon. Many investors are marveling at the similarities of the bull market today to that of 1987
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United Continental (UAL) Up on Stock Upgrade

April 2nd, 2014

Shares of Chicago, Illinois, based United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) rose on Tuesday on a strong day on Wall Street overall. United’s stock was up $2.27 per share to close at $46.90, or up 5.09% per share on volume of 6,537,770 shares. The company’s stock was upgraded from “neutral”

S&P 500 Ends the Day With a Record High to Start Off Q2

April 1st, 2014

The second quarter started off with a bang as the S&P 500 closes the day at an all-time high. The Dow Jones and Nasdaq also posted gains on the day. Many are hoping that this winning start to the second quarter means that the economy will pick-up after faltering during the winter months, partially due
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Five Stocks to Watch in April

April 1st, 2014

March saw the S&P 500 make a new all time high, climbing to 1883.57 on the seventh. The index is up +11.7 percent since early October of 2013. Nevertheless, the Dow Jones Industrial did not make a new high in March, rising +9.8 percent in the same period, while the broader based Russell 2000′s performance
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Stocks End Q1 in the Green; Glitches Found on HealthCare.gov

March 31st, 2014

U.S. stocks ended up on the last day of the first quarter of 2014. Newly appointed General Motor’s (GM) CEO, Mary Barra prepared for a House subcommittee investigation regarding the recent recall of over 2.5 million small cars. She explained to them that while she is currently unable to say why it took years for
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Apple (AAPL) Seeks $2B From Samsung

March 31st, 2014

Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) were trading up +3.00 or +0.56 percent to $539.86 per share in pre-market trading on Monday, after news that Apple would be seeking $2 billion in damages from Samsung for infringing on five of its patents used in mobile phones and tablets. Apple stock closed at $536.86, down -0.60 or
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Stocks Continue to Struggle But Traders Remain Positive

March 28th, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up U.S. stock indices overall had a pretty poor week with the exception of Tuesday, where the Dow jumped up nearly 100 points. This year so far, the stocks have not been performing as well as they did last year and speculation continues to the reasoning behind this, whether it is increased risk
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BMW is Expanding SC Plant; Ford CEO Gets 11% Raise

March 28th, 2014

Despite the rocky start to U.S. indices this year, many traders believe that the bull market has not ended and will continue. Out of all the traders surveyed by Charles Schwab, 42% say that they do believe that the bull market will not end until sometime in 2015. This shows that some investors are continuing
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Intel (INTC) Takes Big Stake in Cloudera

March 28th, 2014

Shares of the Intel Corporation (INTC) were up +0.16 or +0.63 percent in pre-market trading on Friday, after the company announced late Thursday that it was making a significant investment in startup Cloudera. While the size of the deal has yet to be announced, the investment by Intel is the largest single investment in data
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Warning Flags are Raised as Stocks Continue to End Down

March 27th, 2014

Stocks end down once again today, with some warning flags being raised. 2013 was the best year on Wall Street since 1997, and 2014 isn’t off to the same great start. There are many different thoughts out there to the reasoning behind the slow start; they range from increased risk aversion in investors to some
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Bank of America (BAC) to Settle with FHFA

March 27th, 2014

Shares of Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were up +0.15 or +0.87 percent to $17.33 per share in pre-market trading on Thursday, after the company announced late yesterday that it would settle litigation over mortgage securities sales with the Federal Housing Finance Agency or FHFA. Bank of America stock closed at $17.18 per share, down
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Candy Crushes IPO Disappoints; Nissan Recalls 1M Vehicles

March 26th, 2014

U.S. stocks close lower today, with Facebook dragging down Nasdaq after it fell 7% on the day. Despite being a heavily awaited stock, King Digital Entertainment (KING) fell 11% in its first day of trading. The maker of the popular Candy Crush app debuted its IPO at $22.50 per share. The automobile recalls continue as
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Power Plug (PLUG) Up on Prospect of Major Deal

March 26th, 2014

Shares of Latham, NY, based Power Plug Inc. (PLUG) surged on Tuesday, against the backdrop of a strong day in stocks overall. The company’s stock was up $2.79 per share, or 49.03%, to $8.48, on volume of 135,458,814 shares. The company’s chief executive revealed that the company is close to announcing a major deal in
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IRS Says Bitcoin is Not Currency; Walgreens Closing 76 Stores

March 25th, 2014

A jump in consumer confidence led stocks to rise today, with the Dow jumping up nearly 100 points. Walgreens (WAG) announced that they will be closing 76 stores. The pharmacy cited that profit has been slipping as fewer generic drugs are for sale, so they must close these stores to help increase profitability. In commemoration
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Blackstone (BX) to Reduce SeaWorld Stake

March 25th, 2014

Shares of The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) closed down -0.80 or -2.36 percent to $33.12 per share on Monday. The company disclosed through a prospectus late Monday that they would be selling an additional 15 million shares of their SeaWorld Entertainment SEAS stake in a secondary offering. SeaWorld stock closed at $31.98 per share, down
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Former Madoff Employees Found Guilty; Apple and Comcast May Team Up

March 24th, 2014

The Dow Jones and S&P 500 ended the day slightly down, while Nasdaq fell over 47 points. It appears that Apple (AAPL) and Comcast (CMCSA) may be teaming up to offer live TV and an on-demand video service through Apple’s new set-top box. It seems that if this partnership comes to fruition, it would be
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Nu Skin (NUS) to be Fined $540K by China

March 24th, 2014

Shares of Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) were up +18.34 or +24.45 percent to $93.34 per share in pre-market trading on Monday, after news that the Administration of Industry and Commerce (â

S&P Retreats from Intraday Record; Credit Suisse Agrees to $885 Mill Settlement

March 21st, 2014

On Friday focus was placed on the Federal Reserve and its released results for bank stress tests in the US. The effects were mixed as Bank of America (BAC) slid lower by the end of the day and JP Morgan (JPM) soared to a high last seen in 2000. The Fed will not comment on
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Stocks See Weekly Gains; Fed Announces Taper Plans and Stress Test

March 21st, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up Despite a slight downturn on Friday, most of the major US indices were able to finish the week with gains. On Friday the S&P 500 hit an intraday high before retreating. The Federal Reserve drew much attention this week – Janet Yellen announced that the stimulus package would continue with its taper
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Unwired Planet (UPIP) Stock Surges on Lenovo Patent Deal

March 21st, 2014

Shares of Unwired Planet Inc. (UPIP) were trading up +1.08 or +83.08 percent to $2.38 per share in pre-market trading on Friday, after announcing that Lenovo LNVGY would be buying a portfolio of patents from the company for $100 million. The deal includes a term-based license to Unwired Planetâ s patent portfolio. Unwired Planet stock
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