Industry Focus

Should an intangible quality like corporate culture affect how you invest?

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Facebook has entered the personal assistant space, announcing testing has begun on “M,” a new digital helper nested in their Messenger app -- what does it say about the company’s plans to monetize Messenger and WhatsApp? In other tech news, new data from IDC shows Apple and Xiaomi are catching up to wearables leader Fitbit. Is the recently public company about to get pinched?

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In the midst of popping and dropping markets, the Motley Fool's Kristine Harjes and contributor Todd Campbell tackle what healthcare stocks investors can buy.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

Major indexes all over the world have suffered some of their steepest losses since the financial crisis over the past week. Smart investors, however, should sit tight.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Inevitable market corrections can be great opportunities. Learn how on today's Industry Focus, financials edition.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

Over 30 million users from the popular online dating site have had their information leaked after Ashley Madison was hit by a cyberattack. Given the nature of the site’s business, its data breach has been widely reported on, but how does it compare to some of the biggest corporate data breaches in history and how can other companies prevent it from happening to them?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

This week we dip into the mailbag to answer questions from our listeners; covering topics from natural gas vehicles, oil services sustainability, and sinking solar stocks.

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Motley Fool's Kristine Harjes and contributor Todd Campbell discuss second quarter earnings winners and losers.

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Sales growth has stalled out at most department stores in the past couple of years. But that's not true at Nordstrom, where revenue continues to grow at a high single-digit pace. What is Nordstrom's secret to success?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Banks are in a highly competitive industry so they constantly look for advantages -- sometimes illegal ones. Tune in to find out the details!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Google’s leadership shocked the market earlier this week when they announced the company would restructure under the holding company “Alphabet”.

It’s a savvy move that should help the tech giant focus operations, increase transparency, and keep valuable talent, but what does it mean for investors?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

We have a tendency to get deep into the weeds with energy stocks on the show, so this week we decided to give a refresher on the basics of investing in energy. Plus, we tackle the big story of the week, China's currency, and pull a question from the mailbag.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

Motley Fool's experts weigh in on payer pushback to new cholesterol busting medicine and surging Obamacare penalties in 2016.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

The first earnings announcement for the combined entity shares the bare minimum with investors. Also, Verizon follows in T-Mobile’s footsteps as it prepares to end subsidized two-year contracts.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:26am EDT

This episode we take a closer look at the theories and policies underlying the Greek debt crisis.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

In a recent interview, Apple exec Eddy Cue said the free trial of Cupertino’s new music streaming service has a 11 million users – that’s a far cry from Spotify’s active user base of over 70 million. After some early tech setbacks and brutally critical reviews, what is the outlook for the tech giant’s new music offering?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

As coal plants are slowly dying off, new regulations are being placed by the Obama administration to clear the air of carbon’s residue. 

While coal is on its way down, natural gas is gaining momentum and becoming one of the most efficient and most affordable energy resources in our nation. And Tyler Crowe takes a moment to let us in on a secret stock he’s been watching, on today’s Industry Focus, energy edition.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

CVS's plan to boost prescription revenue by abandoning Tobacco might be panning out, and Regeneron's pricey new drug could become a multibillion blockbuster.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

The FCC cleared the way for AT&T to complete its acquisition of DirecTV last month, creating the largest pay-TV provider in the country. Can AT&T leverage its now comprehensive suite of service offerings to jumpstart its stock price?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

As he’s recently thrown his hat into the ring as a presidential candidate, The Motley Fool is diving in head first to get the full story about Trump.

Find out where Donald Trump started, and how he rose to be the man who has worked his way to the top with no intention of stopping. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:07am EDT