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    SAO PAULO, March 30 (Reuters) - Economists raised their forecasts for Brazilian interest rates this year and cut their outlook for economic growth for the 13th straight week, a weekly central bank poll showed on Monday. Brazil's benchmark interest rate is expected to end 2015 at 13.25 percent, up from 13.00 percent in the last survey, the poll showed. Economists surveyed by the central bank now expect the Brazilian economy to contract by 1.0 percent this year, down from a 0.8 percent contraction in the last survey. (pct) 2015 2016 previous new previous new forecast forecast forecast forecast Consumer inflation 8.12 8.13 5.61 5.60 Exchange rate 3.15 3.20 3.20 3.23 (reais per U.S dollar, end-period) Interest rate 13.00 13.25 11.50 11.50 (end-period) GDP growth -0.83 -1.00 1.20 1.05 Industrial output -2.19 -2.42 1.68 1.68 (Reporting by Brad Haynes; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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    - Oil prices should stabilise in the second half of this year and rise in 2016 and 2017 as consumers respond to a period of much cheaper fuel, a Reuters poll of analysts showed on Monday. The survey of 34 analysts predicted North Sea Brent crude would average $59.20 a barrel in 2015, up from around $55 so far this year.

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    A few short years ago, predictions of self-driving cars or autonomous driving systems prompted skepticism from all but the automotive engineers developing the technology. No more. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks.

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    Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is known for his accurate stock market calls and keen insights into the economy, which he shares with RealMoney Pro readers in his daily trading diary. This past week, Kass said the environment is favorable for banks, especially JPMorgan, and Twitter's new Periscope app makes it one of his "Best Ideas." Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks.

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     Dreamworks Animation, which took write-downs on three of its previous four films, blew away industry forecasts this weekend when it latest film "Home" debuted with ticket sales of $54 million, according to box office tracking firm Rentrak.

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    The dilemma faced sooner or later by every car owner is their vehicle starts making a noise that cannot be drowned out, and thus forgotten, through the simple expediency of turning up the radio's volume. This article is commentary by an independent contributor.

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     Apple Inc is arguably the most popular company on the planet. Investors can track this risk looking at the "must see" daily and weekly charts provided below. Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow 30 after setting a record intraday high of $133.60 on Feb. 24, and the close of $123.25 on Friday, March 27, was 7.7% below the high, but with a gain of 12% so far in 2015.

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     . Stocks have had a rough week, with the broader market closing lower in each of the past four trading sessions. In fact, too many investors aren't long enough. Must Read: 5 Tech Stocks George Soros Loves for 2015. The current bull market still has momentum, as the economy continues to improve, he said. SPDR S&P 500 ETF SPY data by YCharts.

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     . F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "There are no second acts in American lives." But after losing the smartphone race to Apple (AAPL) and Samsung, BlackBerry is building a second act as a software and security specialist. Although the Canadian company started to make money again much sooner than many observers had expected, much of that profitability can be traced to its cost-cutting initiatives.

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    Small-cap stocks with large dividends may look enticing but not every stock is a buy. In stock picking, dividend yield is just one factor among many that investors should consider. TheStreet Ratings projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends.

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    The economy may not be growing as fast as everyone hoped, but consumers are spending more -- and that may prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates in September, one economist says. The government reported Friday that gross domestic product, the primary measure of economic growth, rose 2.2% in the fourth quarter, short of the 2.4% expected.

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    The biotech and semiconductor sectors are up along with the broader market Friday. TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, noted during CNBC's "Stop Trading" segment that the exchange-traded funds representing those industries, the iShares Nasdaq Biotech ETF and Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH)  , are both higher Friday. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying.

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    Restoration Hardware (RH) disappointed some investors with its fiscal 2016 guidance when it reported earnings Thursday, said TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, on CNBC's "Mad Dash" segment. The shares are up 84 cents, or 0.9%, at $93.98 Friday morning, after the company reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations and revenue that was in line with estimates.

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     . When Michael Lewis' book, "Flash Boys," was released a year ago, a raging debate about high-frequency trading took place both on and off Wall Street. At least, that's what a new survey of 3,000 institutional investors found. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying.