McDonald's Plan Needs to Focus on Food

McDonald's boss Steve Easterbrook's turnaround plan failed to convince many investors that the company has found a coherent direction.

Shares of McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) stock fell more than half of a percent after he unveiled the plan on Monday.

Week in Review

The Real Market Read on What Happened in April

T.S. Eliot must roll over in his grave every time some smart-alecky financial writer says that "April is the cruelest month."

Having to hear the anti-intellectual elite pretend to have read, never mind think they have the remotest understanding of those words or what follows in one of the most complex literary works of the 20th century is galling enough. But hearing that over-used phrase misused to excuse more underperformance and bad policy is flat-out nauseating.

April 2015 was only cruel to those who remain wedded to the idea that markets are rational, trends move in straight lines, and policy makers have the remotest clue of what they are doing.

April 2015 was only cruel to those who remain wedded to the idea that markets are rational, trends move in straight lines, and policy makers have the remotest clue of what they are doing.


Buy a Gold ETF in 2015

Gold acts like an insurance policy against geopolitical woes, devalued currencies, deflation, and inflation. It's also a good portfolio diversifier.

Gold prices are low right now, so it's a great time to buy. And of the many ways to add the yellow metal to your portfolio, a gold ETF is a convenient option.

Here's a look at why gold ETFs are smart choice for investors - plus five top gold ETFs to get started with today...


Microsoft Stock Soars on Earnings Beat, Strong Cloud Growth (MSFT)

Microsoft stock gained as much as 10% today (Friday) as the company's latest earnings report showed that its "mobile-first, cloud-first" strategy is gaining momentum.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) reported its fiscal Q3 earnings yesterday (Thursday) after the market close.

Even with a decline in Windows sales, one of the company's traditional cash cows, Microsoft handily beat Wall Street expectations.

And the areas that outperformed in Q3 clearly are Microsoft's future...


Q2 AAPL Earnings Will Beat on Strength of iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 may be the lone outperformer in the Q2 AAPL earnings, but that's all Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) needs to beat expectations.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company reports its fiscal Q2 results Monday after the market close.

The iPhone makes up the majority of Apple's revenue, making it the key to success for AAPL earnings. And the figures will show the iPhone 6 had a stellar quarter.

That's because China has been snapping up iPhones like crazy. Just take a look at these numbers...

healthcare industry

Healthcare Disruptors and the New War on Alzheimer's

New drug protocols and advancements in medicine are turning the healthcare industry into one of the most profitable sectors out there. And they're not the only game-changers around.

There are other sector "disruptors" waiting to make you a profit.

Here's what you need to look for...

Under Armour Stock Off on Mixed Earnings News

Sports apparel giant Under Armour (NYSE: UA) reported first quarter earnings this week to a mixed response.

Learn more about Under Armour's Earnings Report.


Avoid the Spread of This "China Syndrome"

Stocks were sailing toward new record highs last week until they suddenly came crashing down on Friday. The shift occurred after China took steps to rein in its parabolic market by easing restrictions on short selling and raising margin requirements.

This is what happens when equity investors decide to ignore weak earnings, deteriorating economic conditions and geopolitical chaos and place all of their faith in the ability of central banks and other regulators to bail them out time after time...

Big Banks

Keith Appears on CNBC's Street Signs

Money Morning's Keith Fitz-Gerald nails China's GDP growth, gives his quick read on big bank's reported earnings, and cautions against taking a short-term view during any earnings season.

Keith's thoughts as he appears on CNBC...

Short Selling

3 Nasdaq Stocks Headed for a Short Squeeze

Investors can find treasure among Nasdaq stocks in some unlikely places.

Like heavily "shorted" stocks, for example. Short sellers bet that a stock will fall in price.

But short sellers can be wrong. If a stock goes up, they take a loss. If the stock rises rapidly, it creates a "short squeeze," forcing short sellers to buy shares quickly before the price goes higher and they lose more money.

And while a squeeze is the short seller's worst nightmare, it can be a tremendous profit opportunity for everybody else...

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