Stocks to buy

"Unloved" Pick of the Week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) Stock

Money Morning's "unloved" pick of the week is oil and gas exploration and production company Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA).

Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald recommended Apache stock last week, calling it a "hated stock" that presents a "terrific opportunity" for investors.

Although APA stock fell almost 50% as a result of plunging oil prices, it remains a solid company.

Here's why Apache stock is really an incredible bargain right now...

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Futures Up Today on Xiaomi, SPLS, and ABBV News

Good morning! Stock market futures today (Monday) forecast a 52-point gain for the Dow Jones from Friday's close. Higher oil prices and news that the Russian ruble is on the rise are the main contributors.

What to watch today: Investors will pay attention to the Chicago Fed National Activity Index and an update on home sales in a Holiday-shortened week.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Monday:

Global Economy

Don't Count Putin (or Russia) Out Yet

Don't underestimate Vladimir Putin: he knows how to fight back.

And right now, that trait might be all that keeps Russia from a catastrophic collapse.

The facts on the ground in Russia are, at best, chaotic…

Oil prices are way down, and its currency, the ruble, has crashed.

But while the West may think it's got Russia under its thumb, Vladimir has plenty more tricks up his sleeve to stave off his country's mounting problems and see his people through the crisis.

Indeed, this one "nuclear" currency option in his pocket may just be his way out, and it has major implications for the global economy...

oil prices

Oil Prices: Black Swan or the Work of Vultures?

Over the past few of days, three separate prognosticators have claimed the fall in oil prices is a "black swan" event – in other words, an outlier, a development that fails to follow any normal pattern.

This isn't a black swan, but calling it one may be a good way of clouding up what really is happening.

In this case, there's another motive at work - and the black swan becomes a convenient cover...

investing tips

Three Bad Investing Habits to Dump in 2015

Over the past 20 years, individual investors averaged a measly 2.53% a year, versus the S&P 500, which chalked up 9.02%.

This is because every investor is hardwired to do three things that kill returns. If you understand what these bad investing habits are, recognize them in yourself, and learn how to eliminate them, then you can build wealth much more quickly.

So let's get cracking...


Gold Price Forecast 2015 Driven by These Two Key Factors 

Now that the gold price looks like it will end 2014 down, rounding out three years of weakness for the metal, the outlook for gold in 2015 is even more anticipated…

The biggest questions around gold's direction in 2015 include: Is gold finally done consolidating? When will it regain its bullish trend? Is gold a good buy today?

Let's take a look at all the factors to consider in our Gold Price Forecast 2015...

Investing Advice

Santa Claus Rally 2014 Is Not the Real Reason Stocks Will Rise

The term "Santa Claus Rally" refers to a seasonal bump in stock prices over the last week of the year – specifically, the last five trading days of December, and the first two of January. This year it falls from Dec. 24 to Jan. 5.

The Dow has seen a Santa Claus Rally more than 77% of the time since 1896. Over that 117-year span, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained an average of 1.7% during that week.

Will we see another seasonal rally this year? Our experts say yes, but not for the reason you might expect...

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