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    Gap Inc. (GPS) shares rose 4.1% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the clothing retailer announced a new $1 billion share-buyback program. Gap also said it's raising its annual dividend to 92 cents a share from 88 cents. The company said earnings rose to $319 million, or 75 cents a share, from $307 million, or 68 cents, a year earlier.

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    Shares of Monster Beverage  rose 6.36% to $132.67 in after-hours trading Thursday after the company posted fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations. Monster reported net income increased 64.7% year-over-year to $125.3 million from $76.1 million. Net revenue climbed to $605.57 million, up from $540.85 million in the same period one year ago.

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    Shares of Laredo Petroleum (LPI)  closed down 5.98% at $12.26 today as the company predicted 2015 production to be lower than last year. The Tulsa, OK-based energy company expects full year 2015 production growth of greater than 12%, but this compares to 11.7 million barrels of oil equivalent MMBOE in 2014, up approximately 29% from 2013.

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    The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped from record highs on Thursday but not by much in day characterized by trading in a narrow bracket. The S&P 500 fell 0.15%, down from a record level of 2,119 set on Tuesday. Crude oil prices fell back after Wednesday's rally.

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    Shares of Gap were gaining 4.1% to $42.01 after-hours Thursday after the apparel retailer beat analysts' estimates for earnings in the fourth quarter, announced a new share repurchase plan, and increased its annual dividend. Gap reported earnings of 75 cents a share for the fourth quarter, beating analysts' estimates of 74 cents a share for the quarter.

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    * Traders focus on higher U.S. core CPI for January. * Seven-year note auction meets with soft demand. * Month-end buying, lower European yields cap losses. By Sam Forgione. U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Thursday after an increase in core U.S. consumer prices in January pointed to marginally less dovish Federal Reserve policy and as an auction of seven-year notes met with soft demand.

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    closed mostly lower on Thursday as downbeat economic data and the selling pressure from the energy sector weighed on the S&P 500 and Dow industrials. Data showed the inflation trend turned negative for the first time since 2009, largely thanks to cheaper gasoline prices. However, core consumer prices, excluding food and energy costs, inched up.

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     Shares of Southwestern Energy  closed down 5.72% to $26.37 on Thursday as oil prices declined following the release of U.S. inventory data on Wednesday. U.S. Energy Information Administration reported data Wednesday that showed oil inventories climbed 8.4 million barrels to 434.1 million barrels last week.

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    The S&P 500 and Dow dipped on Thursday as energy shares tumbled with oil prices, while the Nasdaq resumed its recent advance after deal news in the technology sector. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 10.21 points, or 0.06 percent, to 18,214.36, the S&P 500 lost 3.09 points, or 0.15 percent, to 2,110.77 and the Nasdaq Composite added 20.75 points, or 0.42 percent, to 4,987.89.

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    10- year bund yield falls to all-time low. NEW YORK-- The yield on the 10- year note closed higher, snapping three sessions of declines, after gauges of inflation and business investment in the U.S. came in stronger than expected. The yield on the 10- year note was up 4.3 basis points to 2.012% in recent trade, its largest one-session gain in nearly nine days.

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    Shares of oil company Noble Corp. (NE) were falling 6.9% to $16.60 Thursday as oil prices fell due to rising U.S. inventories. West Texas crude oil for April delivery was falling 4.3% to $48.80 a barrel Thursday afternoon, and Brent crude oil was falling 1.8% to $60.53 a barrel.

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    Shares of Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (COG) are down by 4.01% to $28.71 in late afternoon trading on Thursday, as some stocks within the oil and energy sectors fall today along with the price of oil. Crude oil is declining by 4.20% to $48.85 per barrel and Brent crude is slumping by 1.78% to $60.53 per barrel this afternoon, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    Shares of Gold Fields (GFI) are up 4.76% to $4.62 in afternoon trading today as gold prices rise. Gold for April delivery was up 0.63% to $1209.10 an ounce at 2:32 p.m. on the COMEX in New York. Gold pared early gains, but remained higher after the Federal Reserve indicated this week that it was in no rush to raise interest rates, Reuters reports. Exclusive Report: Jim Cramer's Best Stocks for 2015.

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    Stocks may be flirting with record highs, but one strategist says the rally still has some juice left. "I think that there's still more room to run in equities," said David Lebovitz, global markets strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, "When you take a step back and look at the U.S. economy, we finished 2014 on relatively solid footing, and 2015 is off to a decent start.

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    The Nasdaq first broke the 5,000 mark in early 2000 before quickly reversing from those levels and free falling to drastically lower prices. So it's easy to look at today's Nasdaq composite and say it's not overvalued. Not all stocks are overvalued, countered Jim Lebenthal, president of Lebenthal Asset Management. Gilead Sciences (GILD), a biotech, is  also in the index.