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Five Top Energy Mutual Funds

Investors looking for a solid return with minimal risk in the booming energy sector should consider energy mutual funds. That's because there's safety to be found in mutual funds' diversity, along with a more stable return on investment (ROI) that usually results from the aggregation of these funds. And while the stock market's story in […]

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Dow Jones Today: Markets Slip on Jobless Rate, Ukrainian Tensions

Dow Jones Today: The markets slid on Friday despite the fact that the unemployment rate slipped to a five-year low.
The jobless rate fell to 6.3%, beating expectations of 6.6%. In April, the U.S. economy created 288,000 jobs, but the labor participation rate slipped to 62.8% from 63.2%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 46.04 points to finish at 16,512.83. The S&P 500 slid 2.56 points to close at 1,881.12, while the Nasdaq was down 3.55 points to finish at 4,123.90.

Here’s your recap of today’s major market events.

Social Media Stocks

Two Social Media Stocks Not to Buy

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) is one of many social media stocks that didn't begin well. After its initial public offering (IPO), FB stock failed to garner any real momentum for the first several months, and even dipped below $20 per share in late 2012. However, FB stock has since surged. It's up almost 60% since its IPO, and more than 10% this year alone. Investors have nabbed a 140% return over the last nine months.

But not all social media stocks have experienced such a miraculous turnaround. Here are two investors should avoid...

Stock market

Stock Market Crash Indicators: Three More Warning Signs

Three stock market crash indicators are suggesting that the current bull market may be running out of steam and is susceptible to a significant correction.

Two of the stock market crash indicators are weakness in key sectors, and the other is a technical development on the Standard & Poor's 500 index chart.

Here’s what each indicator is telling us, and here’s what investors can do about it.

Gold

Gold Price Today Has Best Close in a Month

The gold price rose over the key $1,300 level Friday as tensions in Ukraine once again neared a boiling point.

At Friday's close on the Comex, gold for June delivery settled at $1,302.90, up $19.50 for the day, its best close in a month. Spot gold, which traded as high as $1,306 in Friday's session, was last up or $16.70, or 1.3% to $1,302.60, putting the yellow metal on pace for its biggest gain since April 4.

Here’s what pushed the price higher after four losing sessions for the yellow metal.

Top News

AT&T Could Buy DirecTV – But the Deal Would Not Live Up to the Hype

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) could buy DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV), which could create the second largest television provider in the United States.

DirecTV is the largest satellite TV distributor in the U.S. with more than 20 million subscribers. AT&T's landline television service u-Verse has approximately 5.7 million subscribers.

While the deal would bring a huge boost to AT&T’s customer base, it may not be worth all the hype for AT&T…

Tech Investing

Tech Investing: No Matter Who Loses This Silicon Valley Battle… You'll Win

The growing rivalry between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is becoming one of the biggest battles in tech today.

Gamers and industry analysts alike are parsing all sorts of stats to say one platform or the other is truly ahead.

But we've found a way to make money no matter which ultimately becomes the top seller.

And it’s about as close to a “sure thing” as you’ll find in tech investing…

U.S. Economy

Labor Department Jobs Numbers Show 806,000 Left the Workforce

The U.S. Labor Department jobs numbers for April came out today, and as usual they aren't as good as the government wants us to believe…

The report showed that U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3% from 6.7%, beating the estimate of 6.6%.

At first glance, headline numbers from the April jobs report looked impressive. But after some digging, it’s apparent the real story is different…

This Latest News Shows The Promise In Wind Energy Investing

Wind energy investing made news in mid-April when Scandinavian home furnishing giant Ikea announced plans to build a wind turbine farm on property owned by the company in Illinois. The Ikea investment is an excellent example of how businesses are using earth-friendly energy resources, such as wind energy investing, to bolster profits. Protecting the environment […]

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Spotlight On Ten Oil ETFs While The Energy Sector Roars

Crude oil ETFs (exchange-traded funds) are a great investing option that take advantage of the energy boom. Crude oil futures hit near a six-week high in mid-April. Moreover, U.S. crude oil production is booming, averaging around 3.22 million barrels at the end of 2013 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). When offshore production […]

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