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ETF Teardown: The Best Utility Stocks


Noted for their simplicity and other advantages over mutual funds, exchange-traded funds have become a popular investing tool. ETFs hold a collection of stocks that share certain elements. Investors drawn to the potential returns in basic utilities, for example, can turn to Utilities Select Sector SPDR , which includes Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and FPL Group (NYSE: FPL) in its top holdings. But because this ETF invests in a number of stocks, its broad diversity also limits your upside.

Don't Buy the Hype


How did you possibly miss Google back when it was $100?

Avoid This Ticker ... for Now


Over long periods of time -- eight decades -- the best place you could have put your money has been in small-cap value stocks.

Bernanke Holds His Ground


If you think your job presents daily challenges, take a second to think about Ben Bernanke's predicament. Inflation is blowing through the roof, yet financial markets remain hanging on by their fingernails. The yin and yang of economic forces must haunt the poor guy at night.

A Trillion-Dollar Landmine

By Morgan Housel:

Back in 1968, Prudhoe Bay, the largest oilfield in the United States, was discovered in northern Alaska. It contained some 13 billion barrels of recoverable oil, and at its peak, it churned out 1.5 million barrels of black goo per day, adding a tidy amount to America's domestic oil production. What a treat that's been.

A Red Hat Packed With Dynamite


This quarter was all about constructing the fireworks of the future for Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE: RHT). You don't see much happening at the moment, but all the ingredients for a massive eruption are there.

Ardea Takes the More Exciting Route


Most compounds that enter the clinical trial process never make it to market. But yesterday, Ardea Bioscicences (Nasdaq: RDEA) announced phase 2a data for its lead anti-HIV drug that was good enough to encourage further testing.

Want Your Company Name As Website Suffix? ICANN Says You Can!

Were you one of those people who wanted to have your company website ending with your company’s name? Chances are you will be able to get it soon, with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers taking a decision Thursday to ease off on naming rules for websites.

Gates Close On An Era: Microsoft Chairman Set To Retire

A journey that started with a hunch 33 years back is set to finally come to an end, as Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp. looks to end his tenure as the company’s chairman Friday.

HIV Infection Rate Surges Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

The rate of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases among men who have sex with men (MSM) has skyrocketed to nearly 12 percent a year, a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.