Don't Forget – AAPL Is a Top Retailer, Too

For all the attention that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) gets, many forget that one of its core strengths is its retailing operation.

"They take retail operations very seriously," Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael Robinson said in a Wednesday appearance on the FOX Business "Varney & Co." program. "It's a big part of their operations, their sales success."

To find out how Robinson thinks investors should play AAPL stock now, watch the video below.

Top News

U.S. Infrastructure Problems Told in 10 Scary Numbers

If you need proof the United States is a dangerous place to live – crime aside – just take a look at the massive scope of U.S. infrastructure problems.

Once hailed as having the finest infrastructure in the world, the United States has slipped to No. 16. Public spending has shrunk to its lowest level since 1947.

Here's a look at the sorry state America's infrastructure has slipped into, illustrated by 10 scary numbers.

Stock Market Today

U.S. Stock Futures Moving on Possible TWTR Merger and HD Lawsuits

U.S. stock futures are up a little more than 40 points this morning.

Markets will be moving on crucial GDP revisions today (Tuesday), as well as the release of new housing data.

Also making headlines is the potential for a mysterious Twitter Inc. (Nasdaq: TWTR) merger, and new developments from The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) cybersecurity breach.

Here's what else will be moving markets this Tuesday...

Week in Review

The World Has Entered the Terminal Phase of Central Banking

Stocks traded to new record highs last week on the back of new central bank initiatives to prop up struggling economies around the world. The People's Bank of China announced an unexpected cut in its benchmark lending and deposit rates for the first time since 2012.  Hours later, ECB President Mario Draghi made another promise that his central bank would take new steps to bolster European growth and the ECB announced that it had begun buying back asset-backed securities.

Coming two weeks after the Bank of Japan and Japan's large public pension fund announced manic interventions into financial markets to support that country's failing economy, investors have dismissed any concerns that the end of QE in the U.S. will deny them the liquidity they have feasted on for the last few years.  Since the October flash sell-off, markets have gone parabolic and totally disconnected from the struggling economies that are supposed to support them.

The world has things backwards and when it straightens itself out, there will be blood...

Stocks to Buy

"Unloved" Pick of the Week: U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SLCA)

Fracking sand supplier U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SLCA) is Money Morning's "Unloved" pick of the week.

Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael Robinson first recommended U.S. Silica stock back in February. With SLCA stock down 38% from its 52-week high of $73.43 reached on Sept. 3, Robinson now considers the company "stupid cheap."

Robinson says those who dumped SLCA stock forgot about a compelling part of the company's story.

Penny Stocks

The Five Best Penny Stocks to Buy for 2015

The best penny stocks to buy for 2015 have something many penny stocks don't give investors. They all belong to solid companies.

You see, penny stock investing is full of risks, but you won't find any of that here. These five stocks all trade on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. They have strong 2015 guidance figures. Some operate in a high-growth industry.

Here's our list of the five best penny stocks to buy for 2015, and the case for each...

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