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Shrink, shrank, shrunk: a picture of the US economy

Shrink, shrank, shrunk: a picture of the US economy

Surprise! The US economy contracted in the first quarter, which makes the recovery look less like a sure thing. The Commerce Department kicked off the weekend with a bit of bad news: it turns out that instead of growing by 0.2…

LED leader Cree is spinning off part of the company

LED leader Cree is spinning off part of the company

LED lighting is growing in popularity, so why does market leader Cree have to spin off part of its business? LED lighting suppliers are facing dark times. As Bloomberg notes, competition is growing while profit margins are…

Open Text is embracing the cloud at whatever cost

Open Text is embracing the cloud at whatever cost

Open Text disappointed Wall Street its quarterly guidance. Hey, no one said moving to the cloud was easy. One weak quarter is all it takes for a company’s stock to tank. Open Text (OTEX), a software company based in Canada,…

Zacks: Explosive stocks under $10

Zacks: Explosive stocks under $10

As you've probably guessed, the Screen of the Week focuses on stocks unders $10, which is perfect since payday isn't until tomorrow anyway. This screen is a bit of a departure from my normal stock screens. Usually I…

The beautiful game is a dirty one

The beautiful game is a dirty one

Watch out, Sepp! FIFA has been dealt a red card by the US Justice Department in a corruption investigation. Early Wednesday morning, Swiss police arrested seven senior FIFA officials at a Zurich hotel in connection with a US Justice…

Best Buy is doing better than anyone expected

Best Buy is doing better than anyone expected

Many thought Best Buy would close its doors in 2014. The company is still here, and, by the looks of it, doing well.  Best Buy (BBY) is full of surprises. The electronics retailer reported a stellar first quarter, much to…

Shake Shack is sizzling

Shake Shack is sizzling

Popular burger chain Shake Shack is one of the hottest stocks on the market right now, but is it a bubble? Shake Shack (SHAK) bottomed at $38.63 on February 17, and the stock keeps moving up. After taking a breather at $70,…

The trouble with the typical millennial starting salary

The trouble with the typical millennial starting salary

Getting a job is great, but that doesn't mean you should forgo negotiating your starting salary. Thanks to record student loan debt and a painfully sluggish economy, millennials have notoriously given rise to the college-educated…

The end of cash?

The end of cash?

When taking advantage of the Memorial Day sales this weekend, will you be using cash, credit or something else? Much to countless mothers' chagrin, it's becoming increasingly less necessary for people to carry cash these days.…

Zacks: PEG Ratio vs. the P/E Ratio

Zacks: PEG Ratio vs. the P/E Ratio

This Screen of the Week pits the PEG ratio against the P/E ratio in the quest to find the best valuation metric. Which valuation metric is better: the PEG ratio or the P/E ratio? Before we answer that question, let's first…

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