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CEO Sallie Krawcheck: 3 ways to get your finances in order before 2018

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For many, the holiday season marks a time of festivities, gift exchanges and time off from work. But as one year comes to an end and the next approaches, this is also a great time to get your finances in order. (91-0)

Why Can’t Analysts Make Up Their Minds about Walmart?

3h 247wallst
When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) reported earnings last week, the stock gained more than 7% for the week and boosted the retailer’s year-to-date share price gain to nearly 41%. (48-0)

4 Merrill Lynch Top Idea Energy Stocks to Buy for 2018

5h 247wallst
Despite a huge rally off the summer lows, sentiment for the energy sector still remains very weak, and oil prices have been in one of the most volatile periods in the last ten years. While all of that seems counter intuitive given the price increase, most of the top portfolio managers have been underweight energy until just recently. Toss in the current backwardation, which is a state when spot prices are higher than prices for futures contracts, creating a downward-sloping curve for futures prices, and the picture remains cloudy. (95-0)

ShotSpotter Could Get Shot Down By Lockup Expiration

2017-11-19 seekingalpha
When the SSTI IPO lockup period expires on December 4, 2017, pre-IPO shareholders and insiders will finally be able to sell large quantities of  previously-restricted restricted shares. (45-0)

How corporate greed nearly destroyed Marvel's superhero empire - Channel NewsAsia

2017-11-19 channelnewsasia
An obsession with profit and shareholders led the comics icon to bankruptcy and scandal in the 1990s. Inside the Storm looks at how Marvel came back from the brink. (39-0)

What Analysts Are Saying About Cisco After Earnings

2017-11-18 247wallst
Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported its most recent quarterly results this week past, and many were wondering if the company could make a comeback after being relatively stagnant for so long. This report ultimately proved the faithful investors right, and most analysts rewarded it even after the report. (41-0)

Weekend Reading for Financial Planners (November 18-19) 2017

2017-11-17 kitces
Enjoy the current installment of “weekend reading for financial planners” – this week’s edition kicks off with the news that the CFP Board has decided to issue a second draft of its proposed changes to the CFP Standards of Conduct, which is expected to be released in mid-December with a comment period running in January of 2018. Also in the news this week was a new report from PIABA that points out 5 out of the 13 “public” members of FINRA’s Board of Governors (who are supposed to represent consumers and have no ties to the industry) actually do have substantive ties to the financial services industry, which raises the significant conflict-of-interest concern that the majority of FINRA’s Board is actually comprised of industry representatives (whereas it is supposed to maintain 13-out-of-24 board seats with non-industry public governors). (138-0)

Merrill Lynch’s 2018 Pay Plan Spurs Some Dissent in Broker Ranks - WSJ

2017-11-16 wsj
Merrill Lynch’s pay plan for 2018 is stirring opposition among some veteran brokers, underscoring tensions in an industry that faces growing competitive pressure and an aging workforce. (39-0)

As Analysts Chase Cisco Targets Much Higher, $40 Looks Like Next Hurdle at Decade Highs

2017-11-16 247wallst
Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) surged higher after earnings and deferred revenues were solid. Cisco closed at $34.11 ahead of earnings, and it was trading up 6.4% at $36.30 on Thursday morning. It did not even take an hour for Cisco’s trading volume to go over 20 million shares, which is just over a full day’s normal trading volume. After many analysts have raised their price targets on Cisco, it appears, with a further help from the bull market, that Cisco may continue hitting 15-plus-year highs, with the stock set to challenge $40 in 2018. (40-0)

Oil Down 5% in a Week: Buy These 4 Mega Cap Stocks on the Dip

2017-11-16 247wallst
Any way you look at it, the oil rally that began back in June was a strong move for the black gold, lifting prices 40%. Like any rally, there are traders ready to take profits, and all they needed were some recent reports on sector status, especially this week’s report from the International Energy Agency on short-term demand and U.S. shale and the API reports on the strong builds in crude inventories. (45-0)

Why Analysts Keep Chasing Home Depot Targets Higher and Higher

2017-11-16 247wallst
Shares of Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) were up 1.4% at $168.06 after beating earnings expectations. The initial take, based on the trading reaction, was that good might not be good enough. The take from the day-after confirms the initial take as shares were down more than 1% the following day. (52-0)

Vanguard versus Personal Capital–A Personal Experience | The White Coat Investor - Investing And Personal Finance for Doctors

2017-11-15 whitecoatinvestor
[Editor’s Note: This a guest post from a regular reader, Scott Moore, DO, MLS (ASCP).  As a pathology resident at the University of Arizona, Scott Moore realized that he wasn’t happy and tried to find out why. He switched to Dermatology in Scottsdale Arizona, but that experience only convinced him that teaching is where he finds his happiness. His dream job became available at his Alma Mater, so he made the difficult leap from medicine into academia. (39-0)

Greece readies new benchmarks for 30 billion euro debt swap

2017-11-15 in.reuters
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece on Wednesday invited holders of about 30 billion euros in its debt to swap 20 outstanding bonds for five new benchmark ones, a move designed to help wean it off reliance on rescue funds and regain full access to financial markets. (49-0)

9 Companies Set to Dominate the Space Race and Privatization of Space

2017-11-15 247wallst
Picking themes of the future may seem easy on the surface. After all, it’s easy to assume that great exciting trends in health, science and technology are going to dominate the future. What is not so easy is picking the winners of those themes of the future. Investing in future trends can come with many pitfalls. There often many speculative companies, huge barriers to entry, issues of life and death, endless regulations, and potentially endless billions of dollars for capital spending and cash burn. (112-0)

Current Data Says It’s Not If but When the Market Correction Comes

2017-11-15 247wallst
It has been one of the most staggering stock market rallies in the history of Wall Street. Coming out of the ashes of the market meltdown, which was a byproduct of the mortgage-related disaster that began over 10 years ago, and culminating with a plunge into the abyss of massive selling in March of 2009. (39-0)

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