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4 keys to earnings: Global gloom, consumers, the dollar and buybacks

Posted on China, Greece, Money Markets, United States at 3:32 pm on July 12, 2015 by by Patrick Gillespie

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There are some serious storm clouds hovering over this summer’s earnings season. A slew of international developments are brewing (or boiling), to create a lot of investor uncertainty. “There’s not a lot of optimism going into this earnings season. I think the bar is low overall,” says Michael Block, chief strategist at Rhino Trading Partners. Read more

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Don’t Say Microsoft Corporation Didn’t Warn You

Posted on Technology, Top Stories, United States at 3:30 pm on July 12, 2015 by by Motley Fool

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There were plenty of signs that this was coming. Earlier this week, Microsoft dropped a mobile bomb. In a troubling but inevitable concession, Microsoft confirmed that it will lay off 7,800 unlucky workers, most of whom are in the phone hardware business that the software giant paid so handsomely for. At the same time, the Read more

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BP’s Dividend Looks Really, Really Tempting: What’s the Risk?

Posted on Oil, Top Stories at 2:19 pm on July 12, 2015 by by Motley Fool

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Over the past 20 years, BP ‘s dividend yield has been this high only twice: Once during the financial collapse in 2008, and the second time as we started to realize the scope of the Macondo well blowout, and how much it was going to cost the company both financially and politically. So basically, when Read more

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3 Stocks That Could Double This Year

Posted on Top Stories at 1:10 pm on July 12, 2015 by by Motley Fool

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Source: flickr user James Manners The stock market has been in a slump for the past month or so, but market weakness can create opportunities to get into beaten-down stocks at bargain prices. We asked three of our analysts to talk about stocks that could possibly double within the next year, and here are their Read more

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Here’s Why Marijuana Probably Won’t Be Legalized by the Federal Government Before 2020

Posted on Top Stories, United States at 11:46 am on July 12, 2015 by by Motley Fool

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Source: Flickr user Cannabis Pictures. From nearly all angles the marijuana movement looks unstoppable. Currently there are 23 states that have legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes, from chronic conditions like glaucoma to terminal illnesses such as cancer. Additionally, voters in four states — Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska — have legalized marijuana for recreational, Read more

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