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Yahoo, Intel Earnings Set Up Market Decline

Yahoo's earnings rose 36% from a year ago, but the company's new management team remains under pressure to prove that its turnaround plan is working. Intel's net fell 25%.

Dow 14,000 Is Back ... But Does That Really Mean Anything?

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 14,075, its highest close in the past five years, and within 90 points of its all-time high: 14,164, reached on Oct. 9, 2007. But what does that really mean for you, or the economy as a whole?

4 Former Growth Giants That Have Turned Into Stock Bargains

Recently, the line between growth stocks and value stocks has gotten a lot blurrier. Many well-known companies that were high-growth for years now find themselves viewed as top picks by value-oriented investors. Let's take a look at four of them.

Wall Street's Week Ahead: Earnings, Housing and the China Question

This week will bring answers to questions that have hung over the market for months: Will slower growth in China put a dent in U.S. companies' income? Will new housing numbers come in strong enough to keep homebuilders flying high? How much did Superstorm Sandy cost insurers? Here's what to watch.

5 Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

From a fast-growing burrito roller coming undone to an educational electronics toy maker topping a holiday sales list, here's a rundown of this week's star performers and biggest losers in the business world.

How to Pick the Best Stocks: CEO Candor Predicts Performance

When smart investors consider a stock, they look at profit margins, revenue growth, and a raft of ratios to decide if it's a good buy. But beyond those measurements, here's a subtle and simple guideline that can give you real insight about a company's prospects: How honest is its management?

The Worst Product Flops of 2012

Sometimes, no matter how many months a company invests in development or how many millions it spends on marketing, a new product can fall flat on its face. That's what happened to these new offerings, the biggest product flops of 2012.

Follow the Money: 5 Extremely Cash-Rich Stocks

Now that earnings season is winding down, we can direct our attention to other measures of a company's worth -- things like having boatloads of cash on hand, good free cash flow, and strong earnings per share growth. Here are five companies that look great based on those criteria.

3 Top Dividend Stocks for 2012

Just because the economy is growing does not mean investors should abandon high-paying dividend stocks in favor of growth names, says Oliver Pursche, co-portfolio manager of GMG Defensive Beta Fund. Here are three that he recommends.

Apple Boots Nokia Out of Top 10 Brands List

On the 2012 Interbrand list of the world's most valuable brands, the top seven are the same as in 2011, with Coca-Cola leading the way. Then we get to No. 8. That spot used to be held by wireless phone giant Nokia, but Apple has knocked it down -- way down.

How to Make Up for Social Security's Meager Raise

For the first time since 2009, Social Security recipients will get a COLA increase in their checks in 2012. But that 3.6% bump probably isn't going to cover the real rise in your expenses. So where should you invest to find that extra income?

The Big Blackout: Time to Dump Your BlackBerry?

This week, Research In Motion's Blackberry network suffered a massive outage that spanned continents and cut off the cellular oxygen to millions. Competing phone carriers and handset makers are certain to jump on the chance to woo some of those frustrated customers.

3 Ways to Prepare for a Falling Market

Despite today's rally -- which saw the Dow headed for its third straight day of gains, making up most of last week's 737-point plunge -- signs point to the stock market continuing to fall. Here's how to protect and grow your portfolio.

This Week's Tech News: All Eyes on the Giants

Dueling streaming deals, a cheaper iPad facing off against Amazon's bookish rival, a check-in from a chipmaker, and Zynga's CityVille relocating: Here's what to watch in high tech news as the week unfolds.

Second Jobs: Make Moonlighting Work for You

With U.S. unemployment continuing to top 9%, just having a job is enough to make many of us feel grateful. But one job isn't always enough. The new order of the day: combining two jobs to make a livable salary. Do you have the drive it takes to be a successful moonlighter or 'moonpreneur'?

Don't Let Bad Planning Ruin a Lifetime of Saving

Even if you've saved enough to live comfortably, the golden years don't buy you a reprieve from money worries. In fact, being retired can make you even more vulnerable to fiscal strife, if you're not prepared. Consider Tom Binns, who retired after a lifetime of savings, only to find that financial responsibilities didn't end with his 9-to-5.

Microsoft's Quarter: One Big Tax Dodge

Microsoft delivers blowout earnings, and shares open lower the following morning. It seems bizarre, but it's part of a larger trend in technology stocks. And Wall Street's muted reaction is a sign that investors are finally catching on to Microsoft's game -- i.e., avoiding US taxes.

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.

Emotions Ruining Your Investment Returns?

Money is fraught with emotional baggage. However, all of the external influences that affect our fiscal decisions -- how mom and dad managed family money, the daily headlines warning of pending doom -- are nothing compared to the naturally occurring power struggle taking place in our brains.