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    Investing with the herd can get investors into trouble, by buying into an asset or stock right near the top before an inevitable pullback. The key for investors is to find a sweet spot in between, according to Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments and author of "Beat the Crowd."

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    Investors dumped shares of burrito giant Chipotle in after-hours trading on Tuesday as sales growth slowed, but the overall picture may be better than many realize. Chipotle, which just finished up its first "Cultivate" food festival of the year, reported earnings of $3.88 a share versus the consensus estimate of $3.66 a share. Chipotle shares slumped nearly 5% in after-hours trading.

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     The significant decline in oil prices hasn't spurred as much M&A activity as many investors might have expected. In the fourth quarter of 2014, a time when oil prices were more than 50% off summer highs, there was actually a decrease in M&A activity, Steve Goodman, head of energy at Egon Zehnder, said at the IHS Energy CERAWeek, a gathering of players in the energy field, in Houston.

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    These relatively cheap services are designed to cater to your risk tolerance. This is the first of a series exploring various automated investment services, known as robo advising, offered by more asset managers. Do your eyes glaze over when you start hearing about financial planning, asset allocation or stock picking?

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    But that's only the beginning of the story of outrageously high stock awards. After Twitter made known its compensation to top executives, there were headlines crowing about the $72.8 million-- mostly stock awards-- that enriched Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto in the second half of last year. But that doesn't tell the whole story of how Twitter's stock-based awards to executives hurt shareholders.

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    Back in November, we speculated that Mylan Laboratories would be in the M&A mill in 2015. This morning, Teva proposed acquiring Mylan for $82 a share in cash and stock or a $40 billion valued deal. For the time being, we think the risk/reward on Mylan is favorable and we would stay with the name.

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    How will things break for Greece if it decides to get in line with the rest of the Eurozone, starting with the adoption of painful economic reforms? Conveniently, two recent news stories, both in the Financial Times, spell it out pretty clearly.

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    Successful investors have long known that small-cap stocks can outperform their larger rivals. There are several reasons for this. The trick with small-cap companies is knowing which ones will double and which will go bust -- as many of them do. 1. Universal Corporation (UVV). Universal Corporation (UVV) is the world's leading leaf tobacco merchant and processor.

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    What's next for the stock market? So far, most blue chips have reported results for the first quarter that could -- at best -- be considered meh. The strong dollar hurt sales at American Express (AXP), GE and IBM (IBM). The fundamentals for many U.S. companies are on shakier ground than just a few months ago. But the market -- despite some hiccups here and there -- is still holding up reasonably well.

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    Investing in pot stocks may seem like a good bet given the push to legalize the drug across the country and new commercial activity from dozens of companies creating new marijuana products. Bloomberg identified 55 publicly-traded companies flooding the marijuana market with products and services for those keen on cannabis, from pharmaceutical companies to tech companies.

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    The shares of drugmaker Akorn  are rising after Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva  earlier today made a takeover bid for another company in the space, generic drugmaker Mylan , WHAT'S NEW: Teva announced an $82 per share takeover bid for generic drug maker Mylan earlier today.

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     . Among major stock market averages, the Nasdaq has become the 2015 leader. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 are in third and fourth place, respectively, with modest gains of 1.2% and 2%. Continuing in fifth place is the Dow Jones Transportation Average with a loss of 3.8% year to date.

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    Investing has become a much tougher task thanks to a strong U.S. dollar and decline in other major global currencies. Lynda Schweizer, vice president of Loomis, Sayles & Company and portfolio manager for the global fixed income group, said the U.S. economy has continued to outperform other global economies so she wants to keep her long exposure to the U.S. dollar.

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    The exodus of top executives from Wall Street to Silicon Valley is picking up speed -- and it's not just about the money. Increasingly, it's as much about escaping the regulatory headaches of working for a bank as it is the rich payday. "The attractiveness of being a senior [banking] executive is diminishing," said UBS banking analyst Brennan Hawken.

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    Despite the new dogma of being a "family of apps," Facebook's (FB)  big, blue app will be the one that matters most come Wednesday when the company reports first-quarter results. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters are anticipating earnings of 40 cents per share on $3.56 billion in revenue when the company reports first-quarter results after the markets close.

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    3-D printing stocks were once the darlings of Wall Street, and they were set to reshape industries and create unimaginable wealth. Except that didn't happen. So what went wrong and what's the future hold for them? Given the volatility of those stocks, it is difficult to answer those questions on an even keel.

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    The precious metals never broke below the respective lows they put in late last year. What will it take to spark a renewed bull market? 1. Federal Reserve delays interest rate hikes. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen signaled to investors to anticipate interest rate hikes from the Fed later this year.

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    Demand for semiconductors is a huge factor in generating economic growth as almost every device or appliance consumers buy include computer chips. Four components of the 30 in the PHLX Semiconductor Index, also known as the SOX, report quarterly results this week.