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Where to Put Your Money Now

Ten investors survey the rubble from this week's shakeup and see opportunities everywhere. It's time to quiet those nerves and deploy your dollars to take advantage of fire-sale prices. Here's a rundown of investment ideas -- stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and otherwise.

Drivers Suffer at Pump as Exxon Logs Huge Profit

Oil giant Exxon said Thursday that higher oil prices and improved refining margins boosted its second-quarter profits 41 percent to $10.7 billion. It's the company's highest profit since it set a corporate earnings record of $14.8 billion in 2008.

How to Retire Rich Without Relying on Social Security

Even if Social Security weren't falling apart -- which it manifestly is -- the average retiree benefits essentially amount to about what you'd earn working full time at a minimum wage job. That's hardly the retirement lifestyle you want. Here's a plan that will allow you to retire comfortably.

Wall Street Week in Review: Mixed Bag of Earnings, Hot IPO

It's been an exciting week on Wall Street. Not only did investors get a taste of how earnings are stacking up for companies like Apple and Chipotle, Zillow's stock really took off during its first day of trading. We asked Chris Hill from The Motley Fool what the numbers really mean.

Big Oil Taking Small Steps Toward Big Renewables Profits

The oil industry giants are embracing alternative technologies -- including biofuels, geothermal and solar. Right now, renewable sources provide only a tiny fraction of the profits they derive from oil and gas, but they'll have a real impact on the revenues of majors like BP, Exxon Mobil and Chevron in the not-so-distant future.

5 Things to Watch Next Week: Potter Mania, Earnings

There's no such thing as a summertime lull when earnings season is upon us. Next week will bring plenty of headlines -- among them box office receipts for the last Harry Potter film and quarterly results from Apple, Cintas, and Microsoft.

5 Dividend Stocks You Can Rely on in a Slow Economy

Companies with strong balance sheets and high dividends will be among the few safe investment harbors if the economy continues to cool -- and given today's conditions, it's hard to imagine how the recent stock market rally could last much longer. Here are five dividend stocks that should keep paying strong returns.

Plunging Oil Prices Lead Stocks Lower

An unexpected jump in claims for unemployment benefits and plummeting oil prices are driving stocks lower. Oil prices fell 5% after the IEA said it would release 60 million barrels of oil to make up for the loss of Libyan exports.

IBM Surges Ahead of Microsoft in Market Value

Microsoft used to be the most valuable tech company in the U.S. based on market capitalization. Apple took that crown away last year. Now, IBM has dropped the Redmond, Wash., giant into third place. So what's IBM doing right, and what's Microsoft doing wrong?

More Gas Saving Ideas: Suggestions From Left Field

We've already shared some ideas from our readers on ways to economize, squeeze extra miles out of your tank, and find surprising discounts. In the final part of this series, we'll take a peek at some of the more unusual methods that you offer for reducing pain at the pump.

Ease Pain at Pump With Gas Station Credit Cards?

The average American family will spend about $825 more for gas in 2011 than it did in 2010. But for every pain there is a pill, and in this case, a partial cure for the fill-'er-up blues may be to sign up for a gas station credit card.

Oil Giant Exxon Has Best Quarter Since 2008

The company says it earned nearly $11 billion in the first quarter, a performance that will likely land it in the center of the national debate over high gasoline prices.

With Big Oil Stocks Riding High, It's Time to Take Profits

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips are all trading near multi-year highs, and even BP shares have done well recently. Still, while the high oil prices that have been pinching consumers have been great for the industry, there are good reasons not to count on those high stock values lasting.

This IPO Could Be The Next Exxon Mobil

Biofuels company Solazyme owns a unique process when it comes to converting algae into a fuel could replace the gas in your car -- a method that could be used to create oil on an extremely large scale and at an extremely low cost. The company has just announced it's going public: You might want to get in on the action.

Oil Stocks May Have Outrun Oil Prices

It's too simplistic to value oil company stocks on the price of crude alone. But if oil prices are one marker, oil shares are probably rising too...

Stock Buybacks:
A Warning Sign for Smart Investors

Last year saw a surge in stock repurchases -- companies like ExxonMobil, Walmart and Microsoft bought back shares at record levels. Buybacks can be seen as a cash giveaway to investors, and they boost earnings per share. But there's a strong reason to be wary of companies that do buybacks.

Face-Off on Stocks: Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Barrick Gold [Video]

Can you profit from the turmoil in the Middle East? Oil is now flirting around $100 a barrel and gold is continuing its upward trend. For investors, this could present an opportunity in oil and gold stocks. Here is the bull and bear take on three stocks that could rise on Mideast unrest.

Libya Hits Stocks and Oil Prices for a Second Day

Stocks fell for a second straight day Wednesday and oil prices briefly crossed the $100-a-barrel mark after violence escalated in Libya and tech bellwether Hewlett-Packard delivered a disappointing outlook. The Dow lost 0.9%, the S&P 500 fell 0.6%, and the Nasdaq declined 1.2%.

Leaping Oil Prices May Call for Emergency Measures

Worried about the sharp shock political unrest is giving to crude oil prices, international officials said oil-consuming nations have emergency reserves they can use to stabilize markets in case the violence in Libya and the wider Middle East escalates and crimps production.

Coke Takes the Fizz out of Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway liquidated its positions in a number of high-profile companies during the fourth quarter, but the Oracle of Omaha's huge stake in Coca-Cola has caused his portfolio to lose its fizz so far in 2011.

Dallas-Area Companies Go Whole Hog for Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLV will set records both for stadium attendance and for event fund-raising, and North Texas corporations haven't been shy to put out the welcome mat for their favored clients. How much will communities and local businesses score from the big game?

Oil Giant Exxon's Profit Swells 53% in Fourth Quarter

Exxon Mobil earned $9.25 billion in the last three months of 2010, its most profitable quarter since the record third quarter of 2008. Revenue jumped 17% to $105 billion. The $1.85 earnings per share beat Wall Street expectations of $1.62 per share.

Big Oil Reacts to Obama's 'Discriminatory' Proposals

The American Petroleum Institute is taking issue with the president's State of the Union demand to end subsidies and tax breaks for oil producers. While Obama didn't say just which subsidies he'd cut, the industry isn't waiting for specifics to defend itself.

Report: Alaska Pipeline to Reopen

Oil prices rose modestly, after spiking by almost $2 a barrel earlier Monday, on reports that an Alaskan pipeline that was shut down Saturday because of an oil leak will reopen within days.

Oil Industry Plans Record Spending in 2011

One would think that BP's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill this year would have given pause to the global oil industry, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Companies in the sector are planning to spend a record $490 billion in 2011, including a large amount for deep-water development.

Exxon Mobil Sells $1 Billion of Gulf of Mexico Assets

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) sold nine U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas stakes to Energy XXI in a deal worth $1.01 billion. The assets produce about 20,000 net barrels of oil a day, The Wall Street Journal said. They contain net proved and probable reserves of 66 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), of which 61% is actually oil.

Stocks Slump on China Rate Hike Fears

Stocks and commodities fell sharply Friday amid anxiety that China will hike interest rates to keep its economy from overheating. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 91 points. Gold and oil prices likewise plunged.