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Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) Stock Down on Verdict – but Not Out for Long

On Monday, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co."to weigh in on Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) stock, as the company got slapped by a jury verdict late Friday.

After a four-day trial and 15 hours of deliberation, a Florida jury returned one of the largest verdicts against a tobacco company ever. It awarded $16 million in compensatory damages and $23 billion in punitive damages to plaintiff Cynthia Robinson. Robinson sued on behalf of her late husband, a long-time smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

But here’s why Fitz-Gerald is confident that investors in Reynolds American stock – and Big Tobacco – have nothing to worry about…

Hot Stocks

AAPL, FB, MSFT, AMZN Among Stocks to Watch This Week

This week is the peak of second quarter earnings season.

This week’s earnings parade brings reports from some key players across several sectors. Following are six stocks to watch this week as they release earnings.

Bioscience Investing

A Clear Way to Profit from a Graying Population

The Baby Boom generation, which includes everyone born from 1946 through 1964, is now entering retirement age (65) at a rate of 10,000 per day. That demographic wave is so big that in 2010, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) predicted the elderly population in this country would double to about 71 million by 2030.

That presents a huge opportunity for bioscience investors. Here's why.


Alibaba IPO Price May Come at a Discount to Investors

According to a Bloomberg report, the Alibaba IPO price could be 22% lower than most analyst valuations when the company goes public later this year – but the reason is actually good for investors…

A recent Bloomberg survey of five analysts placed the valuation of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) at $154 billion at the time of its IPO. The same survey said that Alibaba could reach a post-IPO value of $198 billion.

Here's why Alibaba may lower its IPO price when it comes time to make its public debut…

Here's how a more modest valuation will actually help Alibaba investors...


The Six-Week Silver Price Rally Ends on Summer Trading and Renewed Confidence

Barring a big surge later in the day, silver prices are likely to finish down on the week for the first time since the last week of May.

Here's why silver has traded higher during these typically slow summer weeks…

Here's why silver has traded higher during these typically slow summer weeks..


AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) Stock Up After Making Biggest Tax Inversion Deal Ever

AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) stock was up 2.45% at noon Friday after the Chicago-based company announced it finally inked a $54.8 billion deal with Ireland-headquartered Shire Plc. (Nasdaq ADR: SHPG) after weeks of back-and-forth negotiations.

The move has strategic merit in that it gives AbbVie a much-needed new drug portfolio. But it's the substantial tax advantage that figures heavily into the equation.

Here’s why AbbVie wants Shire – and what the deal means for ABBV stock…

Why We Love General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) Stock and Today's Earnings

On Friday morning, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) met Wall Street expectations when it reported second quarter earnings ahead of the bell, sending GE stock up more than 1% in pre-market trading.

There were two notable takeaways from GE's earnings today. Here they are, plus why we're so excited about GE stock in coming months based on these "three powerful catalysts"...

Stock Market Today

Today's Stock Market News Includes the ABBV-SHPG Merger, Alibaba, and More

Stock market news today, July 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average was hammered on Thursday and the S&P Volatility Index soared when a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in a Ukraine. Suspicions swirled on whether it was shot down by Russians or pro-Russian separatists. Commodity prices in gold, oil, and agriculture saw strong gains as investors fled to hard assets.
In addition, multiple big name brands slumped heavily after failing to meet second-quarter earnings expectations.

Here are the top stock market news stories for Friday, including a new Alibaba IPO date, details from the ABBV-SHPG merger, MS earnings, and more...

Stocks to Watch

Stocks to Watch Today: GE, GOOG, MSFT, and More

After the markets got slammed yesterday (Thursday), falling 161 points on a number of fear-triggering global economic events, there are a handful of stocks to watch today in what could be another volatile performance.

While summertime Fridays are typically quiet for equities, today's schedule of market moving events is jam-packed. It's also coming off a day that included a plane crash, the announcement of ground military offensive from Israel, and a 40% move in the Volatility Index (VIX).

With earnings in focus, here are seven stocks to watch today, including GE, GOOG, MSFT, and more...

Higher Education

How This Great American Dream Is Turning Scam

Here's a question for you: Has higher education become another great American scam?

I'm not talking about the rich getting scammed. They get what they pay for. They can afford to be scammed – they know what's up.

A lot of rich people send their kids to expensive private colleges hoping they'll get a good education that will lead them into their chosen careers.

But then there are kids who want a higher education because they believe a college education is their ticket to gainful employment and well-compensated careers.