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Did You Miss Out On Your Share of $200 Billion?

You'll never have the chance to lose $200 billion, but the odds are good that, over the past several years, you lost your personal share of $200 billion in potential investment gains. But here's the good part: The kinds of mistakes that cost us that cash are entirely avoidable. Here's how.

Will Mideast Turmoil Hoist Gold to a New High?

Gold bugs love bad news, and civil war in Libya, Africa's third-largest oil producer, couldn't have come at a better time. After dropping a hundred bucks in January, February's upheavals have hoisted gold back within striking distance of nominal all-time highs.

Wall Street Is Bracing
for a Rocky Week

Deadly clashes in Libya sent shockwaves through various markets yesterday, setting the stage for more turbulence in the sessions ahead. Gold and oil have already spiked higher on world markets, and U.S. investors will also see some big earnings and economic reports.

Face-Off on Stocks: Hershey, American Greetings, Blue Nile

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but an expected boost in sweetheart-holiday spending could still help a few stocks show your portfolio some love over the longer term. Here are the bull and bear cases for three companies that stand to see at least some benefit Cupid's arrow.

Coke Takes the Fizz out of Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway liquidated its positions in a number of high-profile companies during the fourth quarter, but the Oracle of Omaha's huge stake in Coca-Cola has caused his portfolio to lose its fizz so far in 2011.

Mubarak Steps Down, and Stocks Go Up

The embattled Egyptian president's resignation lifted a cloud worldwide, and investors responded. More encouraging economic news also helped equities on Friday as the consumer sentiment index rose to a slightly better-than-expected reading for February.

Face-Off on Stocks: Disney, Viacom, Time Warner

It's award season in Hollywood, with the Oscars just weeks away. But stocks are forward-looking, so investors are already keying on summer blockbuster season. And a bigger-than-expected summer hit or two can indeed provide a catalyst for media and entertainment company shares.

Why Gold Has Been Knocked Off Its Highs

Friday's action notwithstanding, in which gold prices rose as the stock market sold off, safe-haven assets are suffering at the expensive of equities and other riskier assets. That's what happens when the global economy appears to be picking up steam.

What Obama Really Needs: Robust Income Growth

As much as the market and Corporate America may like what they heard in the president's speech Tuesday night, history shows Obama's reelection in 2012 remains pinned to boosting income growth to at least 3%. Problem is, right now it's running at just 1.4%.

Six Stocks to Buy for Real Revenue Growth in 2011

The path to profits for most of Corporate America lately has been cutting costs rather than raising revenue. But a careful look reveals a few companies that are poised to deliver real revenue growth. We've found six with a plus: Their stocks look like bargains.

Bank Stocks Lead Market to a Seventh Winning Week

Stocks wrapped up the week on a positive note despite economic reports that fell short of expectations. But Cort Gwon of FBN Securities says there was lots to cheer about as fears over the debt crisis lessened in Europe and U.S. companies announced stellar earnings.

Another Earnings Season, Another Subdued Market?

The S&P 500 gained about 13% last year, but it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. But it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. The broader market was actually unchanged or lower for all four of 2010's earnings seasons.

Why Fourth-Quarter Earnings Are Likely to Look Great

Once again, profit reports are expected to be a tale of strong profit growth, thanks more to cost cuts than revenue gains. And perhaps even more telling, fourth-quarter 2010 earnings are competing with downright dismal reports for the year-earlier period.

Bank Stocks and Jobs Data Weigh on Market

This week was all about jobs reports and after December's employment numbers fell short of expectations, stocks ended the first week of trading in 2011 on a down note. Kenny Polcari, managing director at ICAP Corporates explains from the New York Stock Exchange.

Another January Swoon for Stocks, as in 2010?

After a good last January, equities tanked and didn't turn positive for the year until its last few months. If 2011 really is shaping up to be a reprise of 2010, the market is poised for a fall, according to Jeffrey Saut, chief market strategist at Raymond James.

Stocks Rally to Ring in the First Session of 2011

Wall Street started the new year with a robust rally, helped by encouraging corporate and economic news that pushed the broad market to a 28-month high. The S&P 500 has now reclaimed nearly 90% of its losses from the bear-market bottom of March 2009.

Looking for Another Year on Wall Street Like Last Year

After putting up solid double-digit gains this year, the case for the stock market in 2011 is more of the same. And when the Fed finally raises short-term rates, on pro says, the smart traders will be those who jump on the opportunity to do some serious bargain-hunting.

Some Good Signs From 2010 for Stocks in 2011

Stocks are closing out 2010 with a bang -- posting double-digit gains. Veteran NYSE trader Teddy Weisberg says that those gains should come as no surprise and says there are three important lessons from the market's behavior that will help guide investors in 2011.

DailyFinance's Top 11 Value Stocks for 2011

Wall Street expects the S&P 500 to tacking on an 11% gain over the next 12 months -- with lots of ups and downs along the way. That has us inclined to play defense in our 2011 picks, with an eye toward bargain stocks paying generous, sustainable dividends. Here are our top 11 for 2011:

Best and Worst Global Stock Markets of 2010

The big national stock market winners of 2010 scored returns far above those of U.S. markets by piggybacking on China's ferocious growth. But rebounding American equities look mighty impressive next to the year's real losers: the victims of the eurozone debt crisis.

Stocks End a Short Holiday Week with a Whimper

A holiday-shortened trading week came to a quiet end on the Thursday before Christmas as stocks closed mostly lower on especially light volume. A spate of economic reports was similarly mixed, with jobless claims and income improving a bit, but home sales and durable goods falling a little short.