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Is Big Lots' Management Creating Value?


Warren Buffett's partner, Charlie Munger, once said, "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power of incentives, and all my life I've underestimated it. And never a year passes but I get some surprise that pushes my limit a little farther."

Is Allegheny Energy's Management Creating Value?


Warren Buffett's partner, Charlie Munger, once said, "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power of incentives, and all my life I've underestimated it. And never a year passes but I get some surprise that pushes my limit a little farther."

Should You Get Out of DuPont Before Next Quarter?


There's no foolproof way to know the future for DuPont (NYSE: DD) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.

Why Sasol's Earnings Aren't So Hot


Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.

A Fool Looks Back

 I love the smell of index rebalancing in the morning. The iconic S&P 500 announced a change to its components, replacing four of its laggards with four ascending stocks.

 

Microsoft to introduce anti-tracking feature in IE 9

The next version of Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9), will allow users to decide for themselves which sites should not track them while browsing on the net. IE 9 is expected to be launched early next year, and this feature called ‘Tracking Protection’ will be a part of it.

Internet firms cool to FTC privacy report

Washington -- Internet companies gave a cool reception to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's guidelines on consumer tracking Thursday.

The FTC released a 79-page report Wednesday advocating for Internet firms to give consumers clear options on how to opt out of having personal data, such as online browsing habits, monitored and analyzed by businesses, The New York Times reported.

Much of the tracking is done to allow advertisers to hone in on individual consumer interests.

5 Stocks the Hedge Fund Greats Love

 In 1993, Money World asked Warren Buffet what advice he'd give a new investment manager. "I'd tell him to do exactly what I did 40-odd years ago," Buffett said, "which is to learn about every company in the United States that has publically traded securities."

 

Path of giant iceberg tracked from space

Paris -- Scientists say a European satellite has been tracking an iceberg, the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, that cracked from the Greenland ice sheet Aug. 4.

The European Space Agency's Envisat satellite has observed the huge mass of ice, 19 miles long by 9 miles wide, since it calved from the Petermann glacier in northern Greenland, an agency release said Friday.

The satellite's latest images show the iceberg has moved about 17 miles from the glacier and is entering Nares Straight -- a stretch of water leading to the Arctic Ocean.

The iceberg has hit a small island, which may delay its progression for a while and could also cause it to break up.

Mortgage rates lowest in decades

Mclean, Va. -- The 30- and 15-year fixed mortgages are at their lowest levels since Freddie Mac began tracking such rates, in 1971 and 1991, the government-backed firm said.

During the week, the average interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages declined from 4.44 percent to 4.42 percent, compared to 5.12 percent a year ago, with points averaging 0.7, Freddie Mac said.

Rates for the average 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages fell from 3.95 percent to 3.9 percent, compared to 4.56 percent a year earlier, with an average 0.6 point.

For one-year, adjustable-rate mortgages, the average interest rate was unchanged from last week at 3.53 percent, with an average 0.7 point. A year ago the one-year ARM averaged 4.69 percent.