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    I write a lot about individual stocks, and while I dabble in stock-picking, the vast majority of my personal portfolio is in rather unglamorous mutual funds and ETFs. I subscribe to the notion that investors should invest for the long-term, with attention to low costs. And while I sometimes bet on individual stocks, it's important to think in terms of holistic investing strategy and how individual positions fit into your portfolio in regards to sector, risk level and geography.

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    The Nasdaq finally closed above 5,000 on Monday, for the first time in 15 years. On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Pete Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com, said some of the index's large holdings, including Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), are still worth staying long because they have low valuations and strong balance sheets.

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    Investor expectations of the euro zone breaking apart have risen to their highest level in two years, a survey showed on Tuesday, even after Greece agreed a financial lifeline with its euro zone partners. The sentix Euro Break-up Index gave its highest reading since March 2013, with 38 percent of respondents expecting the bloc to break-up in the next 12 months, up from 24.3 percent in January.

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    Investor expectations of the euro zone breaking apart have risen to their highest level in two years, a survey showed on Tuesday, even after Greece agreed a financial lifeline with its euro zone partners. The sentix Euro Break-up Index gave its highest reading since March 2013, with 38 percent of respondents expecting the bloc to break-up in the next 12 months, up from 24.3 percent in January.

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    Consumers love their pets, and investors love making money. With pet-store revenue projected to grow almost 20% in the next three years, according to market research firm Statista, PetSmart (PETM), which already holds 27% share of U.S. pet-store revenue, is poised to grow even bigger, meaning higher profits for its shareholders.

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    The decline in gas prices has meant that consumers have more money for car repairs, something that should bode well for the shares of AutoZone , the auto-parts retailer that is scheduled to report results for its latest quarter on Tuesday. The company's earnings growth rate relative to its valuation makes it a compelling stock.

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     . Analysts have gotten more bullish on the growth prospects of homebuilders, which bodes well for TRI Pointe Homes (TPH) as the company prepares for its fourth-quarter earnings results Tuesday before the opening bell. With expectations having grown over the past six months, finding value in this sector has been hard.

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    Two stocks under $10 -- semiconductor holdings ON Semiconductor and Atmel (ATML)  -- were recently trading about 4% and 6% higher, respectively. The entire chip sector is catching a bid today on some merger mania, after Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductor said overnight that it's buying U.S.-based Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) for $11.8 billion of cash and stock.

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    For a fan of Warren Buffett, 48-year-old hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson sure picked an odd way to get attention. Tilson said shorting stocks is something of a side business for him. "In the middle of October, I covered 80-plus percent of my short book, and I don't recommend shorting, and I have a very small short book today.

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    Almost 15 years to the day in which the Nasdaq Composite hit a record high, the tech heavy index briefly crossed the 5,000-mark during Monday's intra-day trading. The Nasdaq Composite got as high as 5,001.28 but then slipped below 5,000.

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    Stratasys   is showing some signs of life at a time when competition within the 3-D printing industry has investors questioning which companies will survive. Ahead of Monday's results, investors were wondering whether Stratasys (SSYS) still had a future.

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     . The planned merger of NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) provided the latest sign of a maturing semiconductor market in which scale has become more important than ever before, analysts said. One key factor is that the automotive and industrial end-markets are becoming more important growth engines for semiconductor companies, Stifel Nicolaus analyst Tore Svanberg said by email.

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    Investors looking for bargains should look at semiconductor processing solutions specialist Ambarella (AMBA), which has dominated the broader averages in 2015. The company reports fourth-quarter results Tuesday. Ambarella (AMBA), founded in 2004 and public since 2012, makes chips that enable high-definition video capture; they are a key component of GoPro's (GPRO)  successful cameras.

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    Slumping student enrollment continues to hurt for-profit education companies, whose operating budgets are being squeezed due to loads of bad publicity about the management practices of company's that sell diplomas in order to make a profit. Career Education (CECO)  remains risky at a time when the entire for-profit education industry faces a formidable competitor -- the U.S. government.

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     . Dick's Sporting Goods  , like all sports competitors, has seen its share of setbacks. Dick's has value for investors looking for a solid dividend payer. XRT 1 Year Total Returns data by YCharts Dick's shares have a consensus hold rating and an average 12-month price target of $57, implying just 5% upside from Friday's close.   DKS Revenue data by YCharts.