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Tech Investing

Apple Stock Predictions: Is AAPL a Buy in 2015?

Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) enjoyed an incredible 45% run over the last 12 months. But can its bullish trend continue in 2015?

Money Morning Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson – who has followed tech markets for more than 30 years – made strong Apple stock predictions in a Jan. 13 appearance on FOX Business' "Varney & Co."

Watch the video to see what Robinson forecasts for AAPL stock in coming months...

Earnings

Bank Earnings 2015: Five Headwinds to Watch for in Q4 Reports

The U.S. financial sector is in the spotlight this week when the nation's five biggest banks report Q4 earnings.

Profit expectations for financial firms have fallen overall since Q4's start. At present, analysts project a 1.7% slump in sector earnings for the October-December period. That's well below the 8% growth rate forecast at the end of September.

Here's a look at the five factors weighing on bank earnings for Q4 2014.

Big Banks

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Is the Latest Target on Goldman Sachs' "Hit List"

JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) is about to become Goldman Sachs' newest toy. Except its version of "playing" is "smashing it into pieces."

That's right, Goldman Sachs has joined a bandwagon of analysts calling for JP Morgan Chase to break up. And since Goldman Sachs is simply the best at what it does – good and evil – their mission shouldn't be too hard.

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oil

Crude Oil Price Drop to $44.78 Brings Us Near Decade Lows

The crude oil price drop today (Tuesday) fell to its lowest in five years. Both WTI and Brent oil are down 59% since June 2014.

If this trend continues, oil will be the lowest in a decade.

Here's where prices are headed now...

Income Investing

Dividend-Paying Stocks Kick Off 2015 with 23 New Increases

FY2014 saw a total of $54.8 billion in dividend increases, and 3,308 dividend-paying stocks hiked payouts last year. That's a 14.3% increase over the number of payouts in 2013.

2015 could set another record for dividend payments. But investors do need to be aware of the effect of plunging oil prices.

There are no signs of a yield slowdown just yet – dividend boosts were robust last week.

Following are the 23 dividend stocks that raised payouts during the week ending Jan. 9.

Deals

Today's Top Financial News: Healthcare Deals

Healthcare deals dominated the top financial news headlines Monday.

Healthcare was the most targeted sector in deal making last year. It reached its highest annual volume on record as early as Dec. 1 with $437.1 billion in deals.

And 2015 has started with a flurry of activity. Indeed, three of the four healthcare deals announced Monday were for $1 billion or more.

Here's a look at the sector's deal making that topped today's financial news headlines...

Stocks to Buy

This Week's "Unloved" Stock to Buy: Volkswagen AG (VLKAY)

Money Morning's "unloved" stock to buy this week is German automaker Volkswagen AG (OTC ADR: VLKAY).

An unloved investment is one that's been beaten down – but is actually a great value. Investors then get an amazing entry point into a good long-term investment.

While Volkswagen stock had a tough 2014, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald prefers VLKAY to trendy Tesla Motors Inc.

Investors don't like Volkswagen's zeal for acquisitions and worry about falling U.S. sales.

But Wall Street needs to take a longer view on Volkswagen stock...

oil

Current Price of Oil Per Barrel: $45.90

The current price of oil per barrel today (Monday) showed no sign of breaking its downward spiral. The long-suffering energy sector caused widespread losses in the U.S. equity market.

Late Monday morning, both WTI oil and Brent oil hit new six-year lows.

Here's where prices are headed now...

Gold

How to Track Gold Price Trends with the Kitco Gold Index

While gold price trends mostly stem from changes in supply and demand, that's not the full story. Sometimes the value of the U.S. dollar changes the gold price – and this can cause a misleading view of the true value of gold…

Determining how much a change in the gold price is caused by U.S. dollar fluctuations helps to measure the true value of gold. And there's a tool that does just that.

Here's how it works...

Stocks to Buy

Stocks to Invest in for 2015: Six Companies Up More than 10%

The major indexes may have fallen this year, but many of Money Morning's stocks to invest in for 2015 are already seeing big gains.

One of our top stock picks is up almost 30%, and Money Morning Defense and Tech Specialist Michael Robinson still sees a lot of room to grow.

Here's a look at ten of our best 2015 stock picks and how they've done against the broader markets...