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Hating These Stocks Can Be Hazardous to Your Wealth

If you think a stock will fall, you can still profit on it -- by shorting it: Just sell shares you've "borrowed," then buy them later, ideally at a lower price. But it can be risky. Here are 5 companies you might be tempted to bet that way against -- and shouldn't.

'Divorce Starts': A Leading Indicator for Home Sales?

While not everyone whose marriage ends rushes out to break ground on a new home, some real estate agents say divorcing spouses make up at least a third of their clients. With the economy impacting divorce trends and marital splits pushing spending trends, should economists be watching divorce rates when they chart the economic outlook?

Short Sellers See a Rebound Coming for Big Bank Stocks

Investors have generally taken a negative position on big banks lately: Major financial institutions face a host of issues that are punishing their bottom lines. However, some of Wall Street's most carefully watched investors -- short sellers -- are withdrawing their bets against them.

Why Wall Street Is Betting Against General Motors

Short sellers have significantly increased their bet that GM shares are going to drop: Short interest in the No.1 U.S. car company jumped 26.5% to 41.5 million shares in the two-week period that ended May 15.

10 Rules of the Most Successful Amateur Investors

It's well known that 80% of professional fund managers underperform the market -- so how can an amateur investor like you hope to succeed? Matthew Schifrin, the investing editor of Forbes magazine, hunted down 10 of the best-performing amateur investors over the past decade and asked them for their investing secrets.

How to Profit From Earnings Report Surprises

Buy-and-hold investing has been a loss for the last decade, and low-risk options will never get you the returns you'll need to retire in style. So how can you find real profits in the market? As venture capitalist and business guru Peter Cohen explains, the answer may be in anticipating surprises.

Daily Blogwatch: This Week's Best iPhone Apps

Some of the best reads for investors from around the Web, including posts about the top iPhone apps (at least this week), the Standard & Poor's 500 index's climb, the argument for going short and why stocks may be in a bubble.

Blaming Short Sellers: A Pointless Game

The former CEO of Lehman Brothers, Richard Fuld, blames the firm's collapse on hedge funds and short sellers that bet on declines in Lehman's stock price. That explanation may be satisfying for Fuld, but there's one problem -- it's probably not true.

German Lower House Passes Bill to Ban Naked Short-Selling

German lawmakers in the lower house of parliament passed a bill banning naked short-selling of eurozone government bonds, credit default swaps based on those bonds and stocks in German companies. The bill aims to counter volatility of the euro currency, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported.

U.S. Home Prices Rose Faster Than Expected in April

The U.S. housing sector improved a bit more than expected in April, as home prices in 20 major cities rose 3.8% on a year-over-year basis, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller survey. But is rising housing demand real, or was it a temporary surge from the now-expired home buyer tax credit?

Short sellers flee big financials

Short sellers are not willing to bet that bank stocks will take a sudden hit as they move into earnings season. On the contrary, they have decided to...