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    A November 2014 article regarding direct investment in China stocks featured exchange-traded funds from Van Eck and Deutsche Bank, which offer competing ETFs that track the Shanghai CSI 300 Index. In the fall of 2014 Van Eck launched another issue, Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (CNXT). It offered exposure to small- to medium-sized companies trading on the Small and Medium Enterprise Board and the ChiNext Market of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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    For non-marijuana users, April 20th may be just like any other day. As a token to the holiday, he noted that his weekend sales were higher by roughly 300% compared to an ordinary weekend. Hageseth is a life-long entrepreneur who has started and ran several successful businesses over the years.

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    Investors torpedoed  Royal Caribbean's shares on Monday, sending them plunging 8% for the day following a second consecutive weak earnings forecast for 2015. The cruise-line operator, which on Monday christened its newest ship, the 168,667-ton Anthem of the Seas on Monday, reported earnings of 20 cents a share.

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    Leaders at IHS Energy CERAWeek, one of the largest global energy conferences, kicked off this year's gathering Monday with a call to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports. U.S. currently imports seven million barrels of oil per day. Senator Murkowski spoke during the opening panel of CERAWeek, entitled the "Future of Energy Policy."

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    Low oil prices have put a whammy on the Houston economy, according to Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Oil is up over 20% in the past month but over the long term oil has fallen over 50% from its summer highs, he added.

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    Sentiment may start to change about the energy sector, owing to a rise in crude oil prices. While the Houston-based company has made the best of a bad situation, resulting in revenue and earnings in the last quarter of fiscal 2014 that topped the projections of analysts polled by Bloomberg, things have changed.

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    The investments have been strong performers and feature high yields. If you want both income and growth in one investment, your options are limited. But there is one way, and it's become more popular as interest rates have settled near record lows: energy master limited partnerships.

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     RetailMeNot  hit a tailspin in November. RetailMeNot's slide to the $13 range last fall marked a significant bottom. RetailMeNot (SALE) -- Daily StockCharts.com I'm looking for one of two scenarios to play out here, and they are both bullish. I mentioned a third bullish scenario, so this next chart will outline it.

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    New fiduciary rule won't help you with this. The latest big change to rules governing retirement savings came out last week, and while it's a big step in the right direction, the one thing we can be sure it will not eliminate is bad, expensive mutual funds being available in savings plans. The Department of Labor came out with its long-awaited fiduciary rule for retirement advice, seeking to ensure that any person who gets paid to provide investment advice to a plan sponsor, plan...

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    Do you own shares in software giant VMware (VMW) ? It's time to sell. The quick and persistent rise in cloud-related products and services has raised questions about how much growth remains in software virtualization -- an industry currently dominated by VMware (VMW). With VMware (VMW) likely to suffer from the same negative impacts of the strong U.S. dollar as others -- devaluing its sales in overseas markets.

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     Semiconductor companies are struggling with low sales of personal computers. So why should you invest in semiconductor giant Broadcom (BRCM) ? Broadcom (BRCM) stock gained around 45% for the past 52 weeks but are up less than 1% so far in 2015. Broadcom (BRCM) was in the news recently as a possible acquisition for Intel after talks of acquiring Altera  reportedly fell through.

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    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people, BP stock may not be worth betting on. What more than $28 billion of expenses related to the explosion of an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico did not accomplish, last year's collapse in the price of oil did.

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    NEW YORK – Corporate America's financial sector appears to have turned in a strong first-quarter performance, based on earnings reports so far from not only large money-center banks but also smaller regional firms. Why is Morgan Stanley (MS) confident? Then, there's a bullish outlook for the broader finance industry.

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    The shares of a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies are falling following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Canaccord analyst John Newman wrote that UPenn's data was "modest at best," but added that the study is early.

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    Look up the term "momentum stock" and you'll likely find some reference to fast-casual restaurant operator Chipotle Mexican Grill , Its shares are up 450% and 63% in the last five years and three years, respectively. Chipotle has seemingly become a victim of its own success. The Denver, Colo.-based burrito maker still has several years of growth ahead.

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    Seven years after the financial crisis, a key monthly indicator is signaling that many companies are facing another credit crunch. The monthly Credit Managers' Index, or CMI, is not on most investors' radars, but the index shows that credit rejections rose sharply in February and March.

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    On Friday we looked at the daily graphs for the yield on the U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield, Comex gold, Nymex crude oil and the euro versus the dollar. The yield on the 10-Year U.S. Treasury note has been declining along its 200-week simple moving average since the "Crash of 2008."

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    Spring meetings lack any drama despite Greece and China. The most dramatic feature of the weekend spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington was the absence of drama. There are plenty of possible disturbances in the world economy-- expectations of possible tumult from a rise in U.S. interest rates, the slowdown in the Chinese economy, and the likelihood of a Greek default on European Central Bank and IMF loans-- but little of this was aired in any...