It's odd to see shares of a retailer jump 3% on mediocre sales growth, flat earnings and trimmed guidance, but in Wal-Mart's case it's warranted.
I am a Manhattan-based financial journalist who shares contrarian stock and ETF ideas in my market letter, Brush Up on Stocks. I also write a weekly market column for MarketWatch, and I've covered business and investing for the New York Times, the Economist Group and MSN Money. I've studied at Columbia Business School in the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship program, and Johns Hopkins SAIS in Italy. I am the author of Lessons From the Front Line, a book offering insights on investing and the markets based on the experiences of professional money managers (published by John Wiley), and I have won several journalism awards.