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Is MCD Stock a "Buy" with New CEO?

We kicked McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) stock off our "Buy" list about two months ago; then it fell another 7% after that. Now CEO Don Thompson is off the menu too and a new CEO comes on board March 1.

So what does this shift in management mean for Mickey D's share price? Is MCD a buy now?

Here's exactly what it would take to turn McDonald's around and make MCD stock a buy again...

Stock Market

These Stock Charts Prove Markets Are at a Tipping Point

These stock charts all show different market indexes. They all look the same. Don't they?

And they're not the only indexes that look this way – check out the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the PHLX Semiconductor Index as well.

Not only do they look the same, but they're all pointing to the same place – a danger zone.

This is visual proof that markets are at a tipping point...

Trend Watch

GM Recall Cover-Up Made Our List of 5 Worst Auto Industry Cover-Ups Ever

The GM recall cover-up was a tragic case stemming from neglect. The company knew about the issue since 2001! Now 51 people have died.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first incidence of major recall cover-ups.

Here is our list of 5 of the worst auto industry cover-ups ever...

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Climbs 196 Points on Oil, Energy Sector Gains

The Dow Jones jumped 196 points Monday in a volatile session. Why the rise? Oil prices surged again after a massive strike at U.S. refineries created supply concerns.

The ISM manufacturing index hit 53.5 in January, well below expectations of 54.5. Meanwhile, consumer spending in December saw its largest decline since 2009 despite falling energy prices.

Here are the other top market stories from today - plus our new profit tip for investors...

Stocks

2015 Stock Picks: One of Our Favorite Mega-Caps Has Entered the Fray

Our 2015 stock picks have seen some impressive returns on gold miners and biotech.

But our most impressive 2015 stocks to buy have generally been subject to more volatility. Either they're mid-caps, or they've been in sectors that are subject to big gains (and possible big losses).

But this week there was an exciting development in our 2015 stock picks: the entrance of an established mega-cap...

Yahoo Stock

Yahoo Tax-Free Spin-Off Announced Amid Q4 Earnings (YHOO)

Yahoo shareholders have finally got what they've been waiting for: a Yahoo tax-free spin-off.

Yahoo stock is up big in after-market hours today (Tuesday). At 4:30 p.m. EDT Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock was up more than 7%, above $51. This was not because Yahoo quarterly earnings impressed.

Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo: 3 Key Points from Book on YHOO CEO

For Yahoo shareholders, Nicholas Carlson's Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! is a must-read.

This is especially true given how crucial Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) earnings are today – and how crucial the next year of Yahoo quarterly earnings is going to be.

Here are the three most important takeaways from this book...

European Woes

Protect Your Money From the QE Delusion

While this week's announcement of a massive new QE program by the European Central Bank (ECB) was the worst kept secret in the world, it may not produce the results that everyone expects.

For one thing, while the immediate reaction was to push European interest rates lower, recent experience in the US shows that QE results in higher rates.

And while everyone is talking about deflation – and Europe is definitely experiencing deflation – the US is still experiencing inflation that could lead the Fed to start raising rates by summertime.

So before getting too carried away with celebrating another major central bank opening up the printing presses, investors should take a serious look at the facts and then decide how to play the markets.

Investing Tips

How to Profit from the Five Scariest Stocks on Wall Street Right Now

Most investors focus exclusively on buying stocks in an attempt to capture huge returns. That's too bad, because it means they restrict themselves to half the opportunities available to them.

I bring this up because markets move up AND down, which means there is plenty of profit potential to be had in both directions.

George Soros, for instance, is reported to have made $1 billion in a single trade that famously almost broke the Bank of England in 1992.

John Paulson made billions from the housing crisis when it hit by betting against the grain.

Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is famous for bucking conventional wisdom on seemingly mighty companies and laughing all the way to the bank.

That's why shorting is one of the first tactics I shared with you in my Total Wealth publication.

Obviously, shorting stocks isn't for everybody – it takes a lot of guts and more than a little conviction to do it profitably. Not to mention a whole lot of discipline. But done right, it can really boost your profits.

Here's how to profit from the scariest stocks on Wall Street - without owning them...

Stocks

Target Stock (NYSE: TGT) Is Off the Mark in 2015

Target Corp. had one chance to make a good first impression in Canada… and blew it. And Target stock may soon feel the effects.

I know because I saw it clearly for myself.

While that may sound harsh, it's the reality of what happened.

Just two years into their expansion north of the border, and billions of dollars later, the chain's closing up shop and taking a big hit.

This should never have happened and it is another blow to an increasingly punch-drunk retailer.

Here's the story behind it and what to do...

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