10 Firms in the 'Ultimate Stock Pickers' Portfolio

There's a lot of overlap among the holdings of Morningstar's 26 highly rated funds, and these 10 stocks top the list. So if you want to follow the pros, consider these -- all of them mega-cap stocks and ultra-conservative buys.

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.

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?

Exxon Mobil Earnings Nearly Double

Exxon Mobil's easily topped Wall Street forecasts in the second quarter, helped by a year-over-year jump in crude prices that allowed the world's largest publicly traded oil company to hike production. EPS hit $1.60, up from 81 cents a year ago.

Corporate Pollution: The Top 10 Environmental Payouts

The $20 billion fund BP has agreed to for paying Gulf oil spill claims easily vaults it to the top of the list. Among other members of this shameful pantheon are Exxon, Union Carbide and Pacific Gas and Electric. A closer look at this group reveals that in most cases, the companies managed to reduce -- or even erase -- settlements through years of legal stalling.

Exxon Net Rises, Misses Forecast

Exxon Mobil Corp. says its quarterly profit increased 38 percent as oil prices rose in the first three months of the year. The Irving, Texas, oil giant on Thursday reported a profit of $6.3 billion, or $1.33 per share, in the first three months of the year. That compares with $4.55 billion, or 92 cents per share, in the same period last year.

What hurts Venezuela may help Exxon

The AP makes a good case that, because oil rich nations need capital due to the low price of crude, large oil companies may have leverage to get...