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Which Burger Joints Are Eating Wendy's Lunch?

This is a big week for Wendy's. For the first time in its 42-year history, the burger chain is remaking its signature sandwich. It's a bid to compete with "gourmet" burger shops that are growing in popularity. Still, it's going to take more than menu tweaks for Wendy's to turn things around.

Why Priceline Is a Better Investment Now Than Expedia

Even buy-and-hold investors can't afford to let their portfolios collect cobwebs. Valuations and fundamentals change perpetually, and shareholders need to know when there's more potential for growth elsewhere. Here we take a look at some online travel agency stocks worth swapping: Expedia and Priceline.

A Rookie's Guide to Investing in Emerging Markets

The U.S. stock market's recent gyrations have many investors ready to look overseas for better returns. But it's a complicated world out there, which is why many less-experienced investors are still sitting on the global sidelines. Here's what you need to know make investing in emerging markets a little less scary.

Time to Sell Apple Stock, or Buy It?

Following Steve Jobs' announcement late Wednesday that he was resigning as Apple's CEO, the company's stock price swung sharply. But while some investors are selling, others are saying a small drop in prices could make this a great time to buy Apple shares.

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?

MetLife Sells Bank Unit to Avoid New Fed Regulations

In order to avoid new federal rules and heightened scrutiny from regulators, MetLife has decided to sell its banking unit. That's a smart move for the nation's largest life insurer, and keeps it on a level playing field with its competitors.

Five Restaurant Stocks Worth Sampling Now

Legendary investor Peter Lynch espoused the philosophy "Buy what you know." Well, who doesn't know restaurants? We know where the crowds are, and we know what we like to eat. Here are five chains that managed to grow during the market lull, positioning themselves perfectly for the future.

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.

Costco Aims to Fuel Sales Growth with Discount Gas

Warehouse club Costco is adding gas pumps to more stores as it seeks to expand its sales of fuel to America's price-sensitive drivers. Find out what effect Trefis sees the discount gas business having on the retailer's bottom line, and where it sees the stock price going.

Hot Stocks for a Cool Market: lululemon athletica

Yoga and fitness apparel specialist lululemon athletica has earned the awe of stock watchers and customers alike. While the general market has gained a respectable 5% in 2011, lululemon is up more than 70%. Looking five to 10 years down the road, this could become one of the world's great athletic brands.

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%.

Lumber Liquidators Looks Ready to Rebound

After Lumber Liquidators cut its full-year revenue forecast Thursday, investors took the nation's largest hardwood flooring specialist to the woodshed. But while the short-term will be challenging, this highly profitable company still has a strong position and ample room to grow.

SunPower Building America's Biggest Solar Roof

SunPower is on a roll: It just launch the most efficient mass-produced solar cell in the world and announced it will soon start construction of the biggest solar roof in North America. Is the market already too enthusiastic about the solar energy major, or is this a good time to buy?

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.

LDK Solar Gets a Hand from Chinese Government

LDK Solar recently announced a $240 million investment by the China Development Bank, which gives it more breathing room to deal with its short-term debt situation. Right now, the market is pricing LDK at around $7 a share. Trefis thinks its worth $12. Wondering why? Read on ...

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?

Fewer Deadbeats = Higher Profits for Capital One

Capital One's credit card charge-off rate -- the percentage of debt that it's unable to collect -- fell to 4.97% in April. That's the lowest default rate for the company since 2007. Trefis already thought COF stock was undervalued: See what they think the stock's upside is in light of this trend.

Norton Everywhere May Be Symantec's Mobile Moneymaker

Symantec is the global leader in the security software market, but its share of that market has been declining. Can its Norton Everywhere initiative leverage the companies strength in the PC world into the domain of smartphones and tablets?

SunPower Holds the Lead in Solar Panel Efficiency

SunPower recently launched its SunPower E20 series of solar panels, the industry's first commercially available panels which provide a total area efficiency of more than 20%. That gives SunPower a significant competitive advantage over its competitors.

Unilever CEO Expects to Catch P&G in Five Years

Unilever CEO Paul Polman recently admitted that his company had grown "too little" over the past 10 to 15 years, but said he expects it to catch up with rivals such as Procter & Gamble within the next five years. Find out why Trefis sees the stock as a buy, though it believes that goal may be out of reach.

Google Acquires Admeld to Boost Display Ad Business

Google recently acquired Admeld in order to provide better display online advertisement management services. Admeld's technology is expected to be incorporated into Google's DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and could help Google to fend off Yahoo and AOL.

Apple iMessage Takes Aim at RIM's Blackberry Messenger

Apple recently introduced iMessage, a new service that lets users send text messages, photos and videos between all Apple devices. This could challenge Research in Motion's BlackBerry Messenger service, which has been a unique selling point as the company struggles to compete with Google's Android and Apple's iPhone.

How to Turn Teen Girls Into Financial Prodigies

America's urban schools don't do nearly enough to teach kids about personal finance and investing, and the effects permeate through America's minority communities. The ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge changing that, one virtual portfolio and one girl at a time.

IBM Capitalizes on a Need to Make Cities Smarter

Last week, IBM announced its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, aimed at providing in one easy package a software platform for cities to use in monitoring and managing city resources. Trefis sees this as a potentially huge boost IBM's lucrative middleware business.

Could This Be the Cure for Walmart's Dollar Store Blues?

Since the Great Recession began, Walmart has been facing heavy competition from dollar stores. In response, it recently opened the first of many Walmart Express stores. Trefis explores what effect these new smaller stores will have on the future value of the the world's largest retailer.

Home Delivery Could Deliver New Growth to Walmart

Walmart is launching an online delivery service -- "Walmart To Go" -- that will allow customers to buy food, medicine and other household goods online and have them delivered to their doors. Trefis takes a look at what this new growth opportunity means for the world's largest retailer.

Chipotle's Growth Plan May Fall Prey to High Food Costs

While Chipotle's fresh Mexican fare has many fans in the U.S., the company has also been adding new restaurants in Europe and is looking at further expansion worldwide. It reported impressive first quarter numbers -- but will higher food costs put the brakes on its expansion plans?

Priceline Has Room to Rise With Jetstar Airways Deal

Priceline recently announced a partnership with Asian low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways: Now, Priceline will provide bookings at thousands of Asian hotel properties on Jetstar's website. The potential gains from the deal should move the needle on Priceline's stock.

Shutterfly Snaps Up Deals With an Eye on the Big Picture

Shutterfly completed its $333 million acquisition of Tiny Prints in April, just the latest in a series of purchases and partnership deals designed to position it for growth in a crowded business. Trefis's view of the company is that Shutterfly is on track to profit more than the market expects.