Short Watchlist – 8/6/2013

5 simple rules for investing in an IRA

Investing for retirement doesn’t have to be complicated. One way to make it easier is to set aside money each year in an IRA. An IRA offers tax advantages that, over time, can help you accumulate more money for when you’re no longer working. Here are five simple rules to manage your IRA: 1. Just

Create a financial safety cushion

The question isn’t whether you should have money set aside in case of an emergency. Sooner or later, you’re going to be faced with financial obligations you didn’t see coming The real questions are: How much money should you have on hand, and where should you keep it? How much is enough? Many financial advisors

The power of compounding your investment

To reap the most benefit from your investments, you need to start saving now. If you’re patient and disciplined, your money can work for you and make a real difference in your account balance over time. The key is the power of compounding, the snowball effect that happens when your earnings generate even more earnings. You

What is a mutual fund?

Think of a mutual fund as a collection of stocks or bonds with something in common By investing in a mutual fund, you’re essentially pooling your money with other investors to access a broader range of stocks or bonds than most people could own by themselves. Every mutual fund reflects a particular investment objective and

Options Trading Strategy: Bull Call Spread

The bull call spread option trading strategy is employed when the options trader thinks that the price of the underlying asset will go up moderately in the near term.Bull call spreads can be implemented by buying an at-the-money call option while simultaneously writing a higher striking out-of-the-money call option of the same underlying security and

Earnings Report: Zynga, Qualcomm, F5 Networks, Yum! Brands

Zynga (ZNGA $3.03 -0.32) reported first quarter earnings of $0.01 per share, excluding non-recurring items (Co guided to ($0.05)-(0.04) on Feb 5), $0.05 better than the Capital IQ consensus of ($0.04), while revenues fell 17.9% year/year to $263.6 million versus the $264.77 million consensus. Co issued downside guidance for the second quarter with EPS loss

Cliff Natural shares soar 7% following beat on earnings

Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF $19.56 +1.63) reported first quarter earnings of $0.60 per share, $0.25 better than the Capital IQ consensus of $0.35, while revenues fell 5.9% year/year to $1.14 billion versus the $1.19 billion consensus.  First-quarter 2013 U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume was 3.1 million tons, compared with 3.4 million tons in Q1

Ten Investing Rules To Avoid Losing Money By Paul Farrell

The winning strategy for Main Street investors playing in Wall Street’s casino against killer pros is being patient, minimizing mistakes. Yes, follow his 10 rules and you can win the “loser’s game:” 1. Never speculate Yes, the financial press acts like Nascar cheerleaders. One says jump on board now, this market is a “muscle car

Gold Trying To Recover From Its Dramatic Drop

Gold futures climbed Thursday in electronic trade, on track for a second consecutive advance, supported by strengthening physical demand for the precious metal and downbeat U.S. economic figures. Gold for June delivery GCM3 +1.44%   pushed higher by $21.90, or 1.5%, to $1,445.90 an ounce in Asian trading hours. The contract on Wednesday rose $14.90,