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    Barrick Gold  stock is sliding by 5.96% to $6.70 in mid-morning trading on Monday, as gold prices fall on indications of a 2015 interest rate hike by the Fed. Strong U.S. economic data released last week that showed higher growth than expected in the second quarter and an increase in consumer spending last month up the likelihood that the Fed will increase interest rates by the end of 2015.

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    Shares of Apache were falling by 3.9% to $43.10 on Monday morning, as oil prices fall, giving back gains from last week's rally. WTI crude oil for October delivery was down 3.14% to $43.80 a barrel Monday morning, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was down 3.28% to $48.41 a barrel. Oil prices were falling due to renewed concerns about China's economy, according to Reuters.

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    Stocks extended their drop on Monday morning as crude oil prices plummeted, taking the energy sector with them. The S&P 500 was falling 0.7% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was dropping 0.9% and the Nasdaq was sliding 0.4%. Crude oil backed off of big gains achieved last week. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 2.7% on Monday to $44.01 a barrel.

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    Shares of Linn Energy (LINE) were falling 5.7% to $3.11 on Monday, as oil prices fell, giving back gains from last week's rally. WTI crude oil for October delivery was down 2.5% to $44.09 a barrel Monday morning, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was down 2.74% to $48.68 a barrel. Oil prices were falling due to renewed concerns about China's economy, according to Reuters.

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    * Inflation to likely rebound - Fed's Fischer. * S&P 500, Nasdaq poised to post biggest monthly loss since 2012. * Twitter rises after broker upgrade. * Indexes down: Dow 0.94 pct, S&P 0.75 pct, Nasdaq 0.48 pct. By Tanya Agrawal.

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    There have been a lot of ups and downs this past week in the markets. As legendary investor Warren Buffett says, investors should be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. To give you added perspective on whether these stocks are good long-term investments, we've paired them with TheStreet Quant Ratings, TheStreet's (TST) proprietary quant-based stock-rating tool.

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    U.S. stocks opened lower on Monday after weekend comments from Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer appeared to keep the possibility of a September rate hike alive. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 94.1 points, or 0.57 percent, to 16,548.91, the S&P 500 lost 9.69 points, or 0.49 percent, to 1,979.18 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 28.97 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,799.36.

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     J.C. Penney (JCP)  shares are advancing by 2.54% to $8.94 in Monday's pre-market trading session, after analysts at Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded the retailer to "buy" from "hold" and raised their price target to $12 from $10 this morning. The firm said it raised its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP)  as the company's product lines are seeing some improvements.

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    Although the past couple of weeks have seemed volatile, unpredictable and chaotic, the same conditions and adjectives were swirling around after the first selloffs that followed both the 2000 and 2007 highs. As the stock indices bounced, victory flags were raised around the globe that happy days had resumed and it was safe to return to the complacency levels seen just before each peak.

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    - Wall Street ended lower on Monday and wrapped up its worst month since 2012 after a senior Federal Reserve official heightened fears among investors of a potential U.S. interest hike in September. Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer on Saturday said U.S. inflation would likely rebound as pressure from the dollar fades, allowing the Fed to raise interest rates gradually.

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    * Futures down: Dow 145 pts, S&P 17 pts, Nasdaq 33 pts. U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday as investors once again turned their focus to the possibility of a September interest rate increase. * Weekend comments from Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer appeared to keep the door open for a rate hike next month.

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    Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Aug. 31: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were trading lower following a report that said China's government will abandon attempts to boost the stock market through large-scale stock buying, and comments over the weekend from Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, who left the door open for an interest rate hike in September.

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    The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Monday: SYNGENTA (SYT). The agrichemicals company may seek partners to help improve its product lineup after a thorough review in the wake of a rebuffed takeover approach from Monsanto Co (MON), its chairman told a Swiss newspaper. SWISS ECONOMY.

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    World stock indexes fell on Monday as a Federal Reserve official's comments added to investor concerns the bank may start raising interest rates in September, while oil prices jumped more than 8 percent, extending their biggest price surge in 25 years.

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    Stock index futures opened sharply lower Sunday evening after a mixed and muted session on Friday that punctuated a wild week of volatility that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average move about 10,000 points up and down for the week in total.

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    Investors already might feel they are juggling with China, the U.S. Federal Reserve, commodities and fluctuating stocks, but it is worth keeping an eye on another ball in the air: the U.S. credit market. Yields on U.S. junk bonds recently hit their highest since 2012 before edging lower to stand at 7.33%, according to Barclays indexes.

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    After a dizzying two weeks that saw a rapid plunge and rebound in equity prices, investors are looking forward to a week of economic data that may provide clarity on the likelihood of a near-term U.S. interest rate hike and help tamp down the market's recent wild swings. The economic figures will culminate in Friday's jobs report that should reveal more about the strength of the U.S. economy.

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    Editors' note: Now that the markets have closed after one of the most tumultuous weeks ever on Wall Street, there's something we have to tell you: told ya so. Wednesday, following four straight days of major indexes trading in the red, before the market opened, TheStreet (TST) identified 10 high-quality dividend stocks down 10% or more to scoop up at a discount.