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Tesla Motors' Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

Amass Your Fortune With These Top Stocks

You don't need the investing acumen of Warren Buffett or the riches of a trust fund baby to achieve financial success. Since the stock market is your best hope for realizing your dreams, start investing today, by putting away small sums of money every month. Then seek out undervalued small-cap stocks for your greatest returns. I like these stocks because they offer opportunities for growth, while still being mostly overlooked by the big investors.

Is Stillwater Mining the Perfect Stock?

Everyone would love to find the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that gives you everything you could possibly want? One thing's for sure: If you don't look, you'll never find truly great investments.

Another Shot at 1 Huge Dividend!

optionsXpress (Nasdaq: OXPS) announced two weeks ago it will be paying a $4.50-per-share dividend on Dec. 27. After reaching a high of $21, the stock fell more than 10% in early trading yesterday after confusion over its ex-dividend date. That's the date when a stock begins trading without the right to the dividend.

4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Federated Investors

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, asset manager Federated Investors (NYSE: FII)has earned a respected four-star ranking.

Is Costco Courting Disaster?

This article is part of our Rising Stars Portfolios series. Costco's (Nasdaq: COST) claim to fame is its ability to offer extremely high-end merchandise for low, low prices. Unfortunately for Costco and other discount-oriented retailers, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left intact a law that could dry up those bargains. The ruling upholds manufacturers' ability to use copyright law to block discounters from reselling deeply discounted merchandise obtained from "gray market" secondary sources.

The Top 8 Foolish Military Money Moves

You've been fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban for what seems like an eternity and doing it thousands of miles away. In exchange, the military provides a steady paycheck, fashionable clothes, and food and shelter. And, if you hang in there long enough, you stand to earn a pension -- for most, at the tender age of 40-something. You're set, right? Not so fast, Ranger Bob.

Should You Sell Lowe's Today?

 Should you sell Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) today?

The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. If you fall in love with your stock holdings, you risk becoming vulnerable to confirmation bias -- listening only to information that supports your theories, and rejecting any contradictions.


Still the Biggest Investment Opportunity in India

 Whenever I speak to investors, I generally spend a lot of time talking about China. A consequence of that focus is that I am inevitably asked one simple question during any follow-on Q&A: "What about India?"


5 Stocks Approaching Greatness

 Some companies are obviously great investments -- in hindsight. Yet for every stock out there screaming "buy me," others simply give us a nudge and a nod. How can we tell tomorrow's obviously great investments from the thousands of pretenders?