get daily headlines subscribe now! today's private briefing


Stock Market Today

Stock Market Crashers: Why Walter Energy Stock (NYSE: WLT) Is Diving Today

Today's (Thursday) "stock market crasher" is Walter Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WLT) – the stock hit a new 52-week low and is down 17.46% to $7.50 per share as of 1 p.m. EST.

WLT is a producer and exporter of metallurgical coals, and this morning Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC) slashed price targets on key coal stocks, including Walter Energy.

To continue reading, please click here...


How to Invest in the 2014 IPO Market

High-tech IPOs are white hot right now, which is why many investors are trying to figure out how to invest in the 2014 IPO market.

But it's easy to look in the wrong places for IPO profits...


Why Gold Prices Today Are at Three-Week Lows After FOMC Meeting

Gold prices today (Thursday) (NYSE: GLD) continue to fall following U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen's first-ever Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, hitting a three-week low in early trading. The yellow metal's decreases over the last few sessions have obliterated all of March's gains, including a six-month high achieved on March 17.

Spot gold dropped as low as $1,320.24 an ounce, its lowest since Feb. 28; as recently as Monday, the metal was flirting with $1,400 an ounce. U.S. gold futures for April delivery fell to $15.30 an ounce at $1,326.00. Bullion for immediate delivery declined 0.5% to $1,323.18 in London.


Stock Market

Warning: This Year's Spike in Margin Debt Is a Huge Red Flag for the Market

Margin debt, the amount of money people have borrowed to buy stocks, is not only at a record high – it's accelerating.

This margin debt level is another sign that a stock market crash, while not necessarily imminent, is becoming more and more likely.

According to New York Stock Exchange data, margin debt reached $451.3 billion at the end of January – the fifth record month in a row.

we know what happened next...

Energy Investing

This "Forbidden" Market Is About to Crack Open

I'll be making a major presentation at a Bloomberg advisory session on the recent opening of the Mexican energy markets.

After operating as a monopoly for 76 years, Mexico is now set to dismantle all the barriers to foreign investment in its oil fields.

And the topics I am going to discuss this week in Mexico City go well beyond what's immediately south of the border.

Hot Stocks

Why First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) Stock Is Up 21% Today, and Where It's Headed Now

Shares of First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) are up more than 17% today (Wednesday) after the company released its guidance figures for 2014, 2015, and 2016 at its annual "Analyst Day" meeting.

First Solar expects full-year revenue in 2014 between $3.7 billion and $4 billion, and earnings per share (EPS) between $2.20 and $2.60. This time last year, the company had projected EPS between $2.50 and $4 for 2014.

For 2015, the company expects revenue between $3.8 billion and $4.3 billion, which is on the low end of analysts' estimates of $4.24 billion. FSLR projects 2015 EPS between $4.50 and $4.60, which is above the consensus estimate of $3.82.

To continue reading, please click here...


Obamacare Premiums in 2015 to "Skyrocket"

Obamacare Premiums 2015

Obamacare premiums in 2015 will "skyrocket," anonymous healthcare industry officials said to The Hill on Wednesday.

The sources say Obamacare premiums will double in some states, in contrast to White House administration claims. One source, an insurance official from a populous swing state, said his company expects its rates to triple next year on the Obamacare exchange.

They attributed one cause of the looming increase to the law's troubled rollout.

almost no one can afford...

Top News

What Today's $1 Billion Settlement Means for Toyota (NYSE: TM) Stock

The United States Department of Justice is expected to announce a settlement today (Wednesday) with Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) that would end a criminal investigation into the automaker's failure to disclose information regarding safety issues.

The settlement is expected to top $1 billion, making it one of the largest fines ever paid by an automaker.

To continue reading, please click here...


Bitcoin Hedge Fund Partnership Shows Interest from Pro Investors Rising

Several big investment firms said yesterday (Tuesday) that they are buying stakes in a Bitcoin hedge fund – yet another sign that major players in the investing world are getting serious about the digital currency.

bitcoin hedge funds

Fortress Investment Group, with about $58 billion in assets under management, along with venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Ribbit Capital, are teaming up with San Francisco-based Pantera Bitcoin Partners LLC, a hedge fund operator that buys and sells digital currencies like Bitcoin.

To continue reading, please click here...

Tech Investing

Why Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) New Wearable Tech Product Will Outshine Rivals

Yesterday (Tuesday), Google Inc.(Nasdaq: GOOG) announced "Android Wear," an extension of its mobile Android operating system (OS) designed to power wearable gadgets – and it's going to be awesome.

Google said it will make its initial push in smartwatches, but that Android Wear won't end there.

"We're just getting started. The possibilities with devices that you wear on your body are endless," Android Director of Engineering David Singleton said in a preview video released along with the announcement.

To continue reading, please click here...