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Thursday’s Hot Stocks to Watch Include AMZN, MSFT, GM, Airlines, and More

Several airlines report earnings Thursday, including American Airlines, United Continental Holdings, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, and JetBlue Airways.

Today's hot stocks to watch also include a couple of tech heavyweights, a key automaker, a pair of drug giants, and more.

Here’s our full list of eight stocks that will be on the move today as earnings season continues…

Investing Tips

How to Profit from Massive Spin-Offs with Just One Play

I love corporate spin-offs – and you should, too.

With spin-offs, companies unlock hidden values in their operations and pass them on to shareholders – offering low risks and high probabilities of market-beating profits.

And the past month or so has produced a bonanza.

First, eBay Inc. said it is spinning off its very successful PayPal digital payments firm. Then, Hewlett-Packard Co. announced that it plans to divide itself in half.

And most recently, security software maker Symantec Corp. joined in and said it's splitting in two.

Overall, spin-offs are estimated to be worth $1.6 trillion so far this year.

Here's the hitch...

Bitcoin

World's First Bitcoin IPO Sets Stage for More Bitcoin Stocks

The world's first Bitcoin IPO is on track to launch on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in early December, paving the way for more Bitcoin stocks to go public in over the next few years.

The company is Melbourne-based Bitcoin Group. Right now Bitcoin Group runs a cryptocurrency arbitrage fund, but is planning to expand into Bitcoin mining if the IPO succeeds.

It’s one more big step toward the day when the major players of finance jump aboard the Bitcoin bandwagon…

Earnings

McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) Stock Tumbles on Bleak Earnings; What to Expect Now

McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) stock was down 2% this morning (Tuesday) from yesterday's close after the company reported slipping earnings, revenue, and income in the third quarter.

MCD reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.09 for the quarter. That missed analysts' estimates of $1.37. Last year, McDonald's had EPS of $1.52 in the third quarter.

After another dismal earnings report for the Golden Arches, here's how investors should play MCD stock...

Stocks to Watch

Monday's Hot Stocks to Watch: AAPL, IBM, CMG, and More

Earnings are again in focus this week as a number of key industry players post Q3 results. Q3 estimates have come down slightly in recent weeks. Still, the U.S. economic backdrop remains solid, as reflected in robust Q3 manufacturing output data and recent job growth.

Monday's hot stocks to watch include a leading smartphone maker, a tech titan, and a boutique burrito chain.

Here’s our full list of all seven stocks that will be on the move today.

Stock Market

This Bear Market Indicator Is Off the Mark

Investors are taught that bear markets can't occur unless the Treasury yield curve inverts – that is, unless short-term interest rates are higher than long-term interest rates.

And that can only happen if the Federal Reserve raises the Federal Funds rate, which is the short-term rate that the Fed controls.

But that measure may be off the mark this time, and here's why...

The Week in Review

Understanding a Confusing Market…Inside and Out

With a lot of variables in play during this earnings season, it's time to separate out the components.

The long overdue stock market correction continued this week as a European growth scare was compounded by fears about the potential spread of Ebola to send the markets lower.

A strong rally on Friday allowed the major stock market indices to stabilize for the moment and show relatively minor damage on the week, but many hedge funds suffered larger losses after being forced (or forcing themselves) into realizing losses as the markets reached a selling climax on Wednesday, October 15.

That day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down 470 points at its low before recovering to close down only 173.45 points.

Even more dramatic was the action in Treasuries where the yield plunged by 30 basis points at one point to 1.83%, its most dramatic intraday move since the collapse of Lehman Brothers...