Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) Rumored "Slingshot" App Takes Aim at Competition

Since an unsuccessful $3 billion takeover attempt of Snapchat in 2013, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has been developing its own video messaging app to compete with its competitor.

Known within the company as Slingshot, Facebook has been working on the new messaging app since Snapchat rebuffed its overtures late last year, reports the Financial Times. And, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has personally been overseeing the top-secret project, according to people familiar with the matter.

Here’s why this is important to Facebook and the FB stock price.

Top News

These Amazing Numbers Tell Us Why Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Is Buying Twitch

Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) already owns YouTube, which dominates online video. So why is Google buying Twitch, a Web site that mostly just live streams people playing video games?

While the deal isn't official yet, many news outlets have reported that Google wants to buy Twitch for $1 billion. What many don't realize is how big the live streaming of online gaming has become.

When you see these numbers, you’ll realize that this deal is an incredibly smart one for Google (which is great for GOOG stock holders).


Chinese E-Retailer JD.Com Leads This Week's IPO Calendar

This week's IPO calendar is headlined by the $1.6 billion initial public offering (IPO) of Chinese e-commerce company, which will be making its public debut on Thursday, May 22. is China's second largest e-retailer, and has been in the news lately because it is the biggest competitor to Alibaba Group Holding.

But it isn’t the only profit opportunity for investors looking to play the IPO market this week. Here’s the full list of upcoming IPOs this week…

Income Investing

Dividend Stocks: 25 New Dividend Increases for Yield Seekers

Companies that pay dividends consistently provide better returns than non-payers.

The current trailing 12-month average yield of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index is roughly 2%. Without dividends, the S&P 500 would have turned $10,000 into $42,000 in 20 years. But with dividends, at a modest 2.1% rate, that $10,000 would grow to $61,700 over the same time period.

That’s why top dividend stocks belong in everyone’s portfolio. Here are 25 notable dividend stocks raising payouts in the week ending May 16, 2014.

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Today: This Major International Energy Deal Is Moving Markets

Stock market today, May 19, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose on Friday as positive housing data raised investor sentiments and trimmed morning losses. U.S. consumer sentiment slipped in May, offering new concerns about U.S. income growth.

Here are the 10 things you should know to make your Monday profitable:

Activist investors

Activist Investors Show Their Hands in Latest 13F Filings

Activist investors like Carl Icahn and Daniel Loeb try to keep their targets a secret until they're ready to strike, but intrepid investors can scour their 13F filings for clues on what they're planning.

And aside from their activist investing, it's worth keeping an eye on what's in and out of favor with the big hedge fund managers, since their involvement often affects a stock's price.

This is a treasure trove…

Five of April's Worst ETFs

Worst ETFs of April roundup: Although U.S. markets started strong in April, they ended in the red. To blame in part was a major selloff in various momentum stocks.  Additionally, a slow recovery from a harsh winter, political unrest in Ukraine, and less-than-optimal employment data fueled uncertainty on many levels of the economy, including stocks […]

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What Is An ETF?

This is a basic guide that answers the question, "What is an ETF?" ETFs, or "exchange-traded funds," are rapidly gaining in popularity among investors.  Even after U.S. investors poured record-breaking levels of cash into ETFs in 2013, ETF investing is still more popular than ever. In March, assets of ETFs (exchange-traded funds) and ETPs (exchange-traded […]

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April's Top ETFs From The Booming Energy Sector

The top ETFs of April are riding on March's record-breaking highs. That month, assets of ETFs (exchange-traded funds) and ETPs (exchange-traded products) in the United States reached a new record high of $1.73 trillion. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, ETFs/ETPs in the U.S. gathered net inflows of $15 billion, with 1,568 ETFs/ETPs listed […]

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April's Five Top ETFs Come From The Surging Commodities Sector

Top ETFs roundup:Although the U.S. markets started strong in April, they closed the month in the red. To blame was a major selloff in various momentum stocks, like social media, Internet, biotechnology, and more. In addition to this, the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine-Russia conflict had its toll on broad equity markets. However, commodities were able […]

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