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Sharpen Your Pencil – And Put These Three Stocks on Your "Shopping List"

Ask any of our gurus for advice on how to survive a stock-market sell-off – or even a whipsaw period like the one we’re navigating now – and you’ll get a surprising answer.

Keep a shopping list ready, they’ll tell you…

  • U.S. Economy

  • This One Animal Could Send Food Prices Soaring Hand grain

    On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will provide $3 million to help the one animal that will make or break U.S. food prices: bees.

    Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of the nation's agricultural produce each year, as reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Bees and other pollinators account for one out of every three bites of food Americans consume.

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  • What Is the Strategas Lobbying Index? businessman puzzled

    Just what is the Strategas Lobbying Index? Find out, and you'll be keyed into an investment tool has outperformed the S&P 500 Index for 15 years and running.

    As of 2012, the index had beaten the S&P 500 by 11% for 10 years straight, and 30% in 2012. It doled out an average annual return of 17.4% in both 2012 and 2013, compared to the S&P's 6%.

    "It's almost in the statistically hard-to-believe category," Strategas Research Partners managing partner said to Yahoo! Finance.

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  • Why First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) Stock Is Among Today's Biggest Losers Solar panel

    First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) stock is down 12% today (Wednesday) after reporting Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.89 per share on revenue of $768 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had projected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.98 on revenue of $973 million.

    The adjusted earnings added $0.25 per share related to a recent agreement for First Solar to sell its facility in Mesa, Ariz. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) earnings were $0.64 per share, which was down from $1.74 the year before.

    Revenue for the full year 2013 was $3.31 billion - down 1.8% from 2012. Analysts at Zacks Investment Research had projected yearly revenue of $3.53 billion.

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  • Today's Pre-Market Trading Report

    Pre-market trading report, Feb. 25, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 100 points on Monday, inching closer to its intra-day record high of 16,588.20. The S&P 500 struck a new intra-day record of 1,858.71 while the Nasdaq ticked up 0.69% to 4,292.97. Gold prices retreated from a four-month high.

    Now a pre-market look at what's in store for today...
  • Stock Market Today Falls on Housing; Here Are the Big Movers

    U.S. stocks were fairly stagnant today, with the three major indices closing slightly lower and wrapping up the four-day trading week essentially on par with where it began.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.19%, or 30 points, at 16,103 points; the S&P 500  closed down 0.21%, or 4 points, at 1,836; and the Nasdaq closed down 0.11%, or 5 points, at 4,263 points.

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  • Stock Market Crash History: The Dow's 10 Biggest One-Day Percentage Losses Stock market_square The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a 326-point (2.1%) plunge on Feb. 3, triggering a flood of stock market crash talk.  January wasn't any better – led by another triple-digit fall (318 points, 3.5%) on Jan. 24, the Dow suffered its worst January since 2009 and its worst month since May 2012, deflating 5.3%. (The […] Read More...
  • Pre-market Trading Report: What's Moving the Stock Market Today

    Pre-market Trading Report, Feb. 21, 2014:  The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 92 points on Thursday to finish at 16,133.23. The Nasdaq rose 0.7% to 4,267.55, while the S&P increased 11 points to close at 1,839.78.

    Here's what's ahead for today's market:

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  • Five Biggest Stories in Today's Stock Market

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 19, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 24 points to close at 16,130 on Tuesday. The Nasdaq increased 0.7% to hit 4,272.78. The S&P was flat, up two points to reach 1,840.76.

    Here's what's ahead for today.

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  • Winners and Losers in the Stock Market Today

    Stock market today, Feb. 18:U.S. stocks kicked off a shortened trading week predominantly in positive territory, with the Nasdaq making strides even as home builder confidence fell and manufacturing declined more than expected.

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    The Nasdaq closed up 0.68% at 4,273; the S&P 500 Index closed up 0.13% at 1,841 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.15% at 16,130.

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  • Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar what earnings reports are coming out today

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 126.80 points on Friday to finish at 16,154.39. While the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were flat. With several prominent firms reporting earnings this morning, pre-market trading and the futures are relatively quiet.

    So what’s next? Here's what's happening in today’s stock market.
  • Today's Stock Market News And Earnings Calendar

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked back above 16,000 on Thursday as the market continues to shrug off weak economic data. Due to the snowstorm that battered the East Coast on Thursday, the scheduled meeting between Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the Senate Banking Committee has been postponed until later this month.

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  • Why U.S. Retail Sales Dropped in January – and How You Can Profit 02132014KFG

    U.S. retail sales - which account for 70% of economic activity - unexpectedly fell 0.4% for the month of January according to the Commerce Department today (Thursday). The decline marks the second straight drop after a 0.1% fall in December.

    Auto sales were the major contributor to the miss. Sales of motor vehicles and parts dropped 2.1%, while Americans also spent less on restaurants and clothing. The report also showed soft holiday sales for retailers at the end of last year.

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  • Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 13, 2014: The markets were flat on Wednesday following one of the largest four-day bull runs in recent history. Meanwhile, a massive winter storm has paralyzed the East Coast. The markets will remain open, however, on Thursday.

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  • Why Wall Street Would Love to Bug Our Phones PBcheck Every month or so, Keith Fitz-Gerald, Shah Gilani or a few of the other editors here at Money Map Press will wonder aloud if the big Wall Street investment banks have secreted a bunch of listening-device "bugs" in our offices or on our phones.

    They haven't, of course. And our comments were made in jest - and meant only as a joke.

    But the coincidences that prompt these surveillance-by-Big-Brother quips can be quite remarkable.

    Let me share a brand-new story that shows you what I mean....
  • Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 12, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than 192 points on Tuesday after new Fed chair Janet Yellen stressed that monetary policy is unlikely to change under her leadership. The Dow ticked above 16,000 for the first time since Jan. 24. The S&P rose 1.1% to close at 1,819.75 and the Nasdaq increased 1% to 4,191.04.

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