Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, alternative-fuel provider Clean Energy Fuels (Nasdaq: CLNE), which provides natural gas as vehicle fuel, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, women's apparel retailer Talbots (NYSE: TLB) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.
As the world turns, so do fortunes turn on a dime.
American blue chips have been the backbone of many investors' portfolios for the past century. In fact, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Merck (NYSE: MRK), and Tootsie Roll (NYSE: TR) were three of the best S&P 500 stocks from 1957 to 2003, according to research by Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel. For some, these stocks helped build sizable fortunes.
There's no denying that Mad Money host Jim Cramer is entertaining, popular, and passionate. On many occasions, he's even right. So he's smart, funny, and the closest thing to a stock market rock star -- but is he smarter than you?
Another day, another head-to-head trial to evaluate. And this one is a biggie. AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) is trying to grab some of the $8.6 billion market currently held by Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) and sanofi-aventis ' (NYSE: SNY) anticlotting drug, Plavix.
Judging by the disturbingly cautious outlook of Diana Shipping (NYSE: DSX) President Anastassis Margaronis; DryShips ' (Nasdaq: DRYS) patience-snapping move to raise capital through yet another equity offering; a 10% cancellation of worldwide orders for new bulk vessels; and a still-languishing Baltic Dry Index, the dry bulk shipping sector finds itself operating in an ever-shrinking pond. Which makes now a particularly odd time for any shipper to launch a massive expansion of its fleet.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified GE's dividend yield. The Fool regrets the error.
Don't you invest in that just because you think it's a good idea. I'm warning you.
Sadly, there's no such thing as an ultimate buy signal when it comes to investing in stocks. Identifying companies with the wind at their back takes time, patience, and a good dose of due diligence.