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Beauty Is in the Eye of the Shareholder

Revlon, Estee Lauder and Ulta all have their good sides -- and each sports a flaw or two. But which beauty company is the prettiest of all for investors?

4 Stocks for Our Dads on Father's Day

In May, we presented our moms with stock picks they'd appreciate. Now, for Father's Day, we've had four of our writers pick out some stocks to perk up their dads' portfolios.

UBS Releases List of 14 Favorite Stocks

Stocks have soared to record levels this year, but one brokerage firm says there are still plenty of profits left to mine: UBS is out with a new list of 14 favorite stocks.

The 7 'Scammiest' Words on the Internet

Spend enough time surfing the Web, and you just might develop a sixth sense for scams. Sometimes it's a matter of a page that just doesn't look right, but often it's just a matter of spotting the words and phrases that tend to be pop up with great frequency on scam Web sites -- words like these.

Eight Stocks to Put on Your Bargain-Price Wish List

Who says volatility is all bad? The fearfully stumbling stock market means that some excellent stocks are trading at or near fire sale prices. For investors with the patience to wait for the right moment, here are eight companies to keep an eye on -- or to snap up right now.

After Motorola: Buy Baidu, Sell Google

Monday morning's news that Google purchased Motorola Mobility has not gone over so well with investors. And while there's no question that Google is one of the best tech stocks around, it's far from the only one. Consider a search site that poised for big growth: China's Baidu.

Buy Sirius XM, Sell Pandora

Folks have been writing off Sirius XM Radio for years. Competitor Pandora is flashier, and has been growing faster than its peers. But it's also been losing money, while the far-less-expensive Sirius is making a profit. Here's why investors should swap Pandora shares for Sirius.

Amusement-Park Stock Battle: Six Flags vs. Cedar Fair

If you haven't had enough of roller coasters after the ups and downs of the stock market this month, you might consider adding an amusement-park operator to your portfolio. Between Six Flags and Cedar Fair, which stock has the potential to deliver the smoothest returns for investors?

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.

Hot Stocks for a Cool Market: Annaly Capital

A stock that does well when the rest of the market tanks -- that's the appeal of Annaly Capital management. While other stocks wilt under the heat of unemployment and an uncertain economy, Annaly thrives under these conditions. Then there's the company's dividend yield: a cool 14.2%.

Hot Stocks for a Cool Market: Google

Summer's heating up, but apparently the stock market didn't get that memo. Still, there are plenty of places for burned investors to find respite. In...

Why Apple's Stock Value Is Underpriced

Apple has been on fire, posting its best quarter ever with unabated iPhone growth and the iPad holding off all tablet challengers. Apple's stock, however, is cool, trailing the broader market and trading at historically cheap levels. But is that a danger sign, or an opportunity?

Ask the Expert: Killer Returns vs. Killer Stocks

A "best-performing stock" is the one that has delivered the highest total return over a set period of time. Optimists will say a stock ranks among the top performers because the business is firing on all cylinders. But the pragmatic view reminds us why some stocks have so much room to rise.

Is Apple Stock Cheap? Relatively Speaking, Yes

Apple, the hottest stock on the planet -- LinkedIn's IPO notwithstanding -- is an overhyped tech stock, right? Actually, by relative valuation measures, data suggest it%u2019s cheap. How undervalued is the stock? Read on ...

High-Yielding Utilities Worth Your Time

Picking good long-term stocks is hard, but dividend payers often prove reliable. Starting with that point, Here are some possibilities for stocks that promising in the long term.

Beyond the Meal, Should You Buy P.F. Chang's Stock?

Asian food is growing in popularity, but casual dining is on a downward slide. Caught in the middle, chain restaurant P.F. Chang's could go either way. Here's a look at a stock that seems promising, but may be a bad bet.