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Tangled Financial Terrorist Webs, Stocks for Foodies, and the Audacity of Twitter: The Top Stories of the Week


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MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Busy watching the US markets move back into record territory this week? Then you may have missed some of our top stories. Check out our leading headlines, below.

Features and Business News

What a Tangled Financial Web Terrorist Networks Weave The US Attorney this week seized $150 million in cash from "entities linked to Hizballah" opening a window into money laundering and other schemes employed by global terrorists.

10 Stocks for Foodies: Public Companies Making 'Artisanal' Goods Who are the real winners (and losers) when it comes to marrying quality and profitability?

Does Twitter Really Think It Can Control Its Users? Since it hooked up with NBC (GE), the social network seems to think it can force users to do its bidding.

Moonshine: From the Woods to Wal-Mart Believe it or not, there are still moonshiners operating today -- even with liquor available everywhere from Costco (COST) to Target (TGT) to Safeway (SWY) to Exxon Mobil (XOM) stations. Certain social issues are keeping illegal moonshine alive. Real "Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine" is now sold legally on the shelves of Wal-Mart (WMT).

Will Goldman Sachs Continue to Lose Talent to HFTs? Right now, many of the largest and most well-known high frequency trading firms are adding traders, quantitative analysts, software developers, and engineers to their staff at the expense of Wall Street mainstays like Goldman Sachs (GS).

Tech Gone Wrong: 11 Design Mistakes That Drive People Crazy From ear buds that don't fit to cluttered smartphones, we name the issues that send tech users looking for the "off" button.


13F Filings: The Buys and Sells of Superstar Investors
Julian Robertson liked Apple (AAPL), Sherwin-Williams (SHW), and HCA Holdings (HCA).

Take a Minute to Sharpen Your Stock-Hunting Skills Sometimes it pays to keep it simple.

Do Dual-Class Stocks Make for Second Class Shareholders? Twenty dual-class IPOs occurred in the US last year, up from only a dozen in 2010. This year, Facebook (FB) joined the group and gave investors one more reason to complain about the structure that generally subordinates shareholders' power.

Stocks and Investing

11 High-Quality Dividend-Paying Stocks to Consider Ahead of First Quarter
Not only do companies like Microsoft (MSFT), Merck (MRK), and Exxon have conservatively structured balance sheets, but they have a track record of growing their dividends.

Is the Worst Over for Netflix? After hitting a two-year low at the start of the month, shares of Netflix (NFLX) have since inched their way back over the $60 mark.

Is Best Buy Heading for Bankruptcy? After a dismal quarter, it's time to take a hard look at Best Buy's (BBY) chances for survival. Also check out Best Buy Bets Big on Hubert Joly -- who gets paid millions even if he doesn't take the job.

Gold to Bears: Pay Attention Talk of QE4 (not QE2) appears to the the catalyst for renewed strength in gold (GLD) -- and for risk assets, that means the bullish environment might get even more bullish.

Super Low Market Volumes Usher in the Ghost of the 1970s Market. More to Come! When was the last time we had a legitimate summer slowdown? It's not a rhetorical question. Here are 23 things to be worried about right now.

10 Undervalued Dividend-Paying Stocks With Momentum Here are a few companies in the S&P 500 (^GSPC) that could be very good for collecting dividends.

Are Groupon's Early Investors Heading for the Hills or Just Cashing Out? At least four Groupon (GRPN) investors have sold off their shares, but that is not necessarily bad news for the daily deals website as other early investors hang on.

Also see last week's picks, including:

Dogs That Make Your Tail Wag: Why Investors Should Use the Dogs of the Dow Strategy
Over the past 20 years, the Dogs of the Dow has bested the S&P 500 1.2% on a compound annual basis (i.e., 9.6% vs. 10.8%). In 2011, the Dogs trounced the S&P by nearly eight-fold, according to But as with so many "easy" strategies, a closer look and perhaps some fine-tuning can make a significant difference in performance.

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