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    The world's major powers are nearing a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing. Effect on Interest Rates and Budget Deficit. Reducing conflict with a major enemy removes a major geopolitical uncertainty for the stock market.

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    The last year has been good to health-care investors. Health care stocks are up 33% over the last 12 months as measured by the Health Care Select Spider, Over the same time period, the S&P 500 has increased by about 17%. The good news is that the trends that are driving health care stocks higher are likely to continue for years. First, look at global population growth.

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    Technical charts are painting a favorable picture for bonds, gold, oil and the euro. First, with bonds, the latest decline in the yield of the 10-year Treasury note began on Jan. 2, 2014 when the yield was as high as 3.041%. The 2015 low of 1.637% was set on Jan. 30. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks.

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    Critical intelligence before the U.S. market opens. Is that the acrid smell of correction in the air? It certainly seemed that way as U.S. stocks swiftly fell out of bed Friday on the heels of what appears to be a pair of odd events in the global markets.

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    Even if they have similar names, exchange-traded funds that cover the same market can be very different. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF   and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF   sound like they could be similar ETFs. The main difference is that the two ETFs track different indexes.

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    The Russell 2000 small-cap index has been leading the stock market higher in 2015, setting an all-time intraday high of 1,278.63 on Wednesday. The other major averages have lagged their all-time highs. Must Read: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty.

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    Dow Chemical  has been on a roller coaster ride since last fall, rising sharply only to be rejected at highs in the low $50s and tumbling more than 20% to start 2015 on multi-month lows. February showed a sharp rally. Must Read: 5 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling. That is good enough to put in a higher low. But what's intriguing and has us quite bullish is the inverse head-and-shoulders pattern.

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    In this week's Biotech Stock Mailbag, Ron D. emails, "Do you expect Bluebird Bio (BLUE) to have the same positive results in sickle cell disease that they had with beta-thalassemia? I do expect Bluebird's gene therapy to benefit sickle cell disease patients based on the impressive data in beta thalassemia presented last December. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Is Buying.

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    Stocks were flat Thursday, the U.S. dollar fell. Emerging markets are up 10% over the last 20 days, vastly outperforming the S&P 500. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2015. Assuming the Federal Reserve wants to keep the U.S. dollar from rising too much, there could be a continued rally in commodities, added Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital.

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    While the S&P 500 is up just 2.25% on the the year, hedge fund manager Mark Yusko says most sectors are overvalued or fairly valued at this point. However, he acknowledged that there are still some sectors and industries presenting investors with value. Must Read: 11 Best Small-Cap Technology Stocks That Could Hit It Big in 2015. Excluding biotech, health care also looks attractive, he said.

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    The markets right now are like a cigarette smoker who knows that smoking can kill them, but continue to light up anyway. This phenomenon is known as "cognitive dissonance." The dictionary definition is "psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously." Hence, the smoker. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing.

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    There is one cigarette stock with a whopping 5.1% dividend yield and surprisingly solid growth for a business in a slowly declining industry. What cigarette company is generating strong double-digit returns for shareholders? Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing.

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    The Jaguar , the XJL Portfolio AWD clocks in at $96,663, with some fancy upgrades, and while a solid product may not be worth the cost. The high sticker price is driven in part by $7,750 optional four-wheel drive and a fancy rear-seat upgrade, front massage seats and a highly appropriate British racing green color. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 7 Secrets to Dividend Investing.

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    Goldman Sachs (GS)  smashed through analyst estimates when it released earnings before the bell Thursday morning. Earnings were $5.94 per share and revenue was $10.62 billion compared with analyst estimates of $4.26 and $9.35 billion respectively. Must Read: Warren Buffet's Top 10 Stock Buys. Goldman saw all its business units contribute to the blowout quarter.

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    Oil stocks have been on a tremendous tear recently, but I just cannot recommend buying even the strongest oil companies at the levels they are at today. I was one of the few analysts in the oil space who was recommending quality oil exploration and production companies when oil was in freefall in the early months of 2015. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Stock Buys.