The assembly line producing the Ford Fiesta car in Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico. © Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mexico will soon be next car capital

Some 80% of the vehicles built south of the border are exported to other countries, mostly to the US.

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Do your research. There's a reason it's the No. 1 rule in the book.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 4:04 PM
Credit: © Nati Harnik/AP

Caption: Warren Buffett
By Patrick Morris, The Motley Fool

Looking for how to make money in the stock market? A new paper reveals there's one easy way.


And it turns out it's one thing Warren Buffett (pictured) has admitted he does almost every day.


According to a recent paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, or NBER, entitled "Financial Knowledge and 401k Investment Performance," now, more than ever, the ability for an individual American to properly save and invest is critical.


The paper notes that as a result of the changes in how employers contribute to employee retirement accounts -- pension plans have become less common and things like 401k accounts, which require more decisions from individuals, have grown -- "the ability to invest wisely and earn better returns will therefore be increasingly critical for national retirement well-being in an aging world."

 

The market is setting itself up to hit new highs that should last through November.

By InvestorPlace Tue 3:51 PM

Caption: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
Credit: © Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBy Anthony Mirhaydari


Stocks continued to push higher Tuesday in response to a batch of "Goldilocks" economic data.


Consumer price inflation was softer than expected, providing the doves at the Federal Reserve with more ammunition to keep the hawks at bay. And housing looks set to get a lift as new construction starts jumped 8 percent, ending two months of declines.


The broad market looks ready for a Fed-fueled melt-up heading into Chairwoman Janet Yellen's speech on Friday. That likely will set up a push to new highs that should last through November. Helping in this has been the diminishing geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Iraq.


In fact, after largely skidding sideways over the last few months, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) looks set for another move toward the 2,000 mark and new all-time highs. Here's why.

 

Sales at the retailer are plunging, leading executives to roll out some dramatic fixes. Shares rise 4% in response.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 2:44 PM
Pedestrians walk past the Urban Outfitters Inc. store in San Francisco, Calif. (© David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By Hayley Peterson, Business Insider

Urban Outfitters' (URBN) namesake brand is struggling.

The brand's same-store sales plunged 10 percent in the second quarter over last year, marking the fourth straight quarter of comparable sales declines.


By comparison, same-store sales increased 21 percent at Free People and 6 percent at Anthropologie in the second quarter. 


The company blamed Urban Outfitters' poor performance on fashion misses and "what had become incessant promotional activity" in an earnings call with analysts Monday. 

 
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The businesses reporting the largest increases in sales per share can help when picking stocks.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 2:28 PM
Caption: The 'Facebook' logo is seen on a tablet screen
Credit: © LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

Now that second-quarter earnings season is nearly over, it's time to find out which companies moved up the ranks in their industry.


But how do we find out? Earnings results are so often affected by one-time items that comparisons have become essentially meaningless.


To address that problem, last week we looked at the 10 Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) stocks that had seen the greatest increases in consensus 2015 earnings estimates since June 30. Forward estimates don't include one-time items. 


We also listed the 10 S&P 500 stocks suffering the largest cuts in earnings estimates.

 

The beauty company's stock sinks 24% on a steep decline in sales of celebrity fragrances.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 2:09 PM
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Caption: Justin BieberBy Phil Wahba, Fortune

After years of great effort trying to become the pre-eminent purveyor of celebrity fragrances, troubled beauty company Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) has placed the blame for its collapsing business on two of its biggest stars.


Net sales for the quarter ended June 30 fell 28.4 percent to $191.7 million because it introduced fewer new fragrances. But it also said popular ones are fading fast.


"The decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly the Justin Bieber (pictured) and Taylor Swift fragrances, was steeper than anticipated," the company said.

 
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Excitement is growing about the company's new iPhone, expected this fall.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 1:30 PM
The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the Apple Store
 
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By CNBC.com staff

Apple (AAPL) hit $100 a share during midday trading on Tuesday for the first time since its seven-for-one split in June. The stock closed the day up 1.4 percent to $100.53.

The stock followed a general upward trend after the milestone, putting shares above their split-adjusted record close of $100.30 set on Sept. 19, 2012, just shy of the split-adjusted all-time high of $100.72 from Sept. 21, 2012.


At pre-split levels, individual shares traded just above $705 each in September 2012 and fell to trade near $600 in May of this year.


Shares have risen more than 8 percent since the split, when the stock opened near $92 a share. Apple shares had not traded below $100 each for five years.

 
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A decade ago, the offering did not get off to an auspicious start.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 12:48 PM
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Caption: A Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, CalifBy Bob Pisani, CNBC

Two things stick in my memory about the Google (GOOG) IPO: The Dutch auction was a disaster, and a lot people weren't sure what it did or how it would fly as a listed company. 


I know it sounds ridiculous, but explaining the concept of a search engine in 2004 was a stretch, even though it had been out for a few years. Even if you could explain it, no one could figure out how you could make a multibillion industry out of it.


Google went public on Aug. 19, 2004. It was not an auspicious start. It ended up pricing 19.6 million shares at $85, the low end of its revised price expectation of $85-$95.

 

The drama between Russia and Ukraine isn't over yet, and that's a terrific reason to stay short.

By Jim Cramer Tue 12:30 PM

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on August 18, 2014 in New York © Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesIt's so tough to judge hatred these days. I don't trust the put/call ratios, as there's so much behind-the-scenes basket weaving that it's become more of a vestige. Short-selling figures don't add up, for the same reason. The investors' intelligence polling has done nothing to indicate the contempt. Nor have the margin positions.


But I have to tell you that this market is despised. It is despised to the point that you can feel the pain of having to buy on days like Monday. You see the sea of green, and you know that even as the news reports were of "no progress" in talks between Ukraine and Russia, the fact is there are talks and that's enough to get shorts scared.


Remember we are playing by Gulf War One rules. That's when the bulls were always hoping for a diplomatic solution and we would get covering on Fridays fearing one, and shorting on Mondays after the failure to even have anything remotely like a sit-down between the two sides.

 

The bricks are coming off the market's shoulders, and biotechs are among the top beneficiaries.

By InvestorPlace Tue 12:27 PM

Image: Pills © Sean Justice/CorbisBy Anthony Mirhaydari


Stocks have rebounded strongly over the last couple of weeks as the geopolitical bugaboos that were bothering investors have ratcheted down a few notches.


ISIS is on its heels in Iraq thanks to U.S. airpower. Russia seems to be backing down as separatists in eastern Ukraine come under heavy pressure from an increasingly offensive Ukrainian military.


Even concerns about a sooner-than-expected interest-rate hike from the Federal Reserve have fallen by the wayside.


Not all sectors have participated equally however, with biotech stocks leading the rest of the market to the upside over the last three weeks.


Here are three hot stocks in the group that are worth checking out:

 

CEO Elon Musk announced an extension to the Model-S' drive train warranty, which raises questions about warranty reserves and earnings.

By TheStreet.com Staff Tue 10:42 AM

A sign for a Tesla showroom in Palo Alto, Calif. © Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBy Herb GreenbergTheStreet


After the market closed Friday, Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk posted an item on the company's blog announcing an "infinite mile warranty" on the Model-S' drive train to match the warranty on the car battery. It was classic Musk, going where no car company has ever gone.


Then, at the bottom of the post, he added:


TheStreet.com logo"To investors in Tesla, I must acknowledge that this will have a moderately negative effect on Tesla earnings in the short term, as our warranty reserves will necessarily have to increase above current levels."


Wall Street is likely to roll its eyes, but it really shouldn't.

 

Experts say that young people are abandoning the game or never giving it a try.

By Benzinga Mon 4:59 PM

Credit: © Michael Flippo/Sports Images/Alamy

Caption: A short putt in the game of golf on a putting greenBy John Seward


A worldwide slump in the popularity of golf has lead to tough going for publicly traded companies that depend on the sport.


Callaway Golf (ELY) shares are down 10 percent year to date. Adidas (ADDYY), maker of TaylorMade golfing equipment, recently fired 15 percent of the golf division's global workforce after disclosing that golfing sales fell 27 percent in the first half of 2014.


Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) last month fired more than 500 PGA golf pros from its stores.


"It suggests they're desperately trying to arrest profit declines," Canaccord analyst Camilo Lyon said. "We have doubts about golf and its seemingly structural decline."


"It's awful scary watching it go down," Mark King, until recently the head of TaylorMade, told NBC news last month.

 

Investors are betting that more police officers will begin using the company's wearable cameras.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 4:50 PM
The Mesa Police Department showcase the Camera System Axon Flex Officer device on September 25, 2012 (© Eduardo Barraza/Demotix/Corbis)By Myles Udland, Business Insider

Shares of Taser International (TASR) closed up more than 5 percent Monday to $14.68 as traders continued to bet that the unfolding events in Ferguson will increase demand for the company's police wearable cameras (pictured). 

On Friday, shares of the company gained nearly 10 percent, and in the last five trading sessions, the stock has gained 19 percent.

 

In a Bloomberg report on Friday, Brian Ruttenbur, an analyst at CRT Capital, was quoted as saying, "The stock is running on more speculation that police officers may be wearing [Taser's cameras.] It's directly related to what's happening in Missouri."


Over the weekend, the National Guard was called into Ferguson as protests following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown flared. 

 
Tags: TASR

You can have some expensive funds, as long as the majority of the funds in your lineup are low-cost.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 3:20 PM
Portfolio account statement © Alamy Creativity, Alamy​By Ron DeLegge, U.S. News & World Report

Poorly constructed investment portfolios are a worldwide global epidemic. It's a multi-trillion dollar problem that is so large, no accurate estimates exist. 


It's an illness that affects people of all ages and all demographic and societal levels. Nobody is immune, not even the most educated and seasoned financial professional. 


This time I will grade the portfolio of R.T. in Northern California. He's a 45-year-old married software executive with kids, a good salary and outstanding savings habits. 


He categorizes himself as an "aggressive" investor and he told me his main investment goal is "to save enough so that I can live off interest and dividend income when I retire and leave the principal intact." That's a great goal.

 

Hedge funds and other heavyweights are also selling stakes in eBay, Vodafone and Dollar General. But they love Ally Financial and Google.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 2:49 PM
Caption: The General Motors logo is seen on display at an auto show in Detroit
Credit: © Paul Sancya/APBy William Watts, MarketWatch

Big investors fell out of love with General Motors (GM) in the second quarter but hedge-fund titans including Dan Loeb rushed to snap up shares of Ally Financial (ALLY), the troubled auto maker's former financing arm that was rescued by the U.S. government, according to an analysis of freshly-filed regulatory documents.


Hedge funds and other heavyweights were also eager to take up new stakes in pharmaceutical firm Allergan (AGN), Google (GOOG), The Williams Companies (WMB) and DirecTV (DTV) while eliminating stakes in eBay (EBAY), SLM Corp. (SLM), Vodafone (VOD) and Dollar General (DG), according to Whalewisdom.com, a website that tracks 13F and other regulatory filings.

 

Months of rain are leading to predictions of a historic harvest this year, but demand isn't robust enough to offset the sharp supply spike.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 2:10 PM
Credit: © T. Rob Brown/AP Photo
Caption: Neal Bredehoeft of Alma, Mo., in Lafayette County, examining his corn.By Tony C. Dreibus and Jesse Newman, The Wall Street Journal

"We're going to drown in corn this year."


The assessment, from Jeff Brown, 45 years old, a fifth-generation farmer outside Decatur, Ill., sums up the view of most people who grow, trade or process corn as they brace for another record U.S. harvest.


Months of wet weather have fueled expectations for a corn crop so large that mounds of the grain will be a common sight across the Midwest after the harvest, which starts next month.


The U.S. Agriculture Department projected last week that production will exceed 14 billion bushels, topping last year's historic harvest.

 

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