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Steps to Getting Early Tax Refund

Though February is already here, you still have enough time to file for your income tax and claim an early return thereon, before the rush sets in.

Pfizer Diagnoses Fido, Too

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) is jumping into the diagnostic business with all four paws. The company announced yesterday that it's purchasing Synbiotics to gain access to its veterinary immunodiagnostics business.

The Best Stocks for 2011: Dendreon


This article is part of our "Best Stocks for 2011" series where our Foolish writers pick their top stock ideas for the year ahead. Click here to see a review of last year's picks and our 12 recommendations for the year ahead.

Highest-Yielding Tech Stocks (You Might Actually Want to Buy)

The power of dividend investing is pretty well-known these days. Higher-yielding stocks tend to offer higher returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks, according to research from Jeremy Siegel and others. In fact, the 20 best-performing survivor stocks from the original S&P 500 in 1957 are alldividend payers.

The 10 Worst Semiconductor Equipment Stocks of 2010

It's been a pretty kind year to stock investors, with the S&P showing a 12.8% gain in 2010. Of course, kindness might still feel relative after a lost decade of negative returns that included the nauseating depths and panic of the financial crisis.

The Pessimist's Guide to 2011

I'm a long-term optimist. You should be, too. But even when you're an optimist, a healthy amount of skepticism -- maybe even pessimism -- can do you good. It makes you a more stable optimist.

Profit From a Stalling Rally

Anybody can make money when stocks are going up, and if you know how to sell stocks short, you can profit when stocks drop, too. But what the heck are you supposed to do in a flat market?

A Better Way to Double Your Returns

After the big losses of 2008 and early 2009, investors were in a serious hurry to earn back the money they lost. That created a perfect environment for companies offering leveraged exchange-traded funds, which promise amplified returns from market movements in either direction. Even now, leveraged ETFs are still popular, as speculators try to guess the market's next big move.

2 Unbelievable Bargains to Buy Right Now

In our ongoing series of chats with Fool analysts and advisors, I've been asking them about the stocks on their watchlists and the catalysts that would induce them to buy. Today, the man in charge of training our analysts provides two excellent companies that he owns and believes deserve strong consideration for a spot in your portfolio – no catalyst required.

The Best Dividend Stocks You Can Buy

Investors want dividends these days. Maybe it's a fad, maybe it isn't. Either way, I think it's a good thing as long as it lasts. Dividends have historically treated investors very well because they: