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    On CNBC's "Cramer's Stop Trading" segment, TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, looked at oil stocks after an index that measures oil and gas activity in Texas reached a record level, bolstered by rising production and wellhead prices. Cramer said the region is producing 2.57 million barrels of oil per day, its highest output since 1980.

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    Yes, capturing Google's (GOOG) volatility is possible. Google (GOOG) is a momentum stock whose parabolic bubble popped after setting a split-adjusted all-time intraday high at $615.04 on Feb. 26. This wide trading range pre-earnings is reason enough for investors to attempt to capture a portion of this volatile range, both before and after Google (GOOG) reported their quarterly results.

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    The economy is booming. The market heard all three messages yesterday -- all courtesy of the Federal Reserve. The boom message came from boffo numbers on industrial production, a 0.7% gain in March that handily beat estimates and suggested that manufacturing is surging.

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     "I like the quarter," TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, said on CNBC's "Cramer's Mad Dash" segment, regarding Pepsico's (PEP) recent earnings report. The company beat on top- and bottom-line estimates, increased margins and posted organic growth of 4% or better in each business segment.

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    Walmart is America's largest private employer. A report released Wednesday by Americans for Tax Fairness found that each Walmart Supercenter employee costs the taxpayer $3,015 to $5,815. Billions of dollars are generated annually by Walmart through sales to people on government assistance.

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    Weibo (WB) started trading Thursday and will likely face some angry Wall Street bears. Had the "Twitter of China" gone public maybe three years ago, the offering could have been a huge hit. The service gave the Chinese people their first real taste of mass communication with others, all allowed by the government. However, two things happened.

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    General Electric (GE) has been in the headlines recently because some analysts contend the company needs a major overhaul. Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt, who has led GE since since 2001, may step down sooner than his expected 20-year tenure and GE's board is now considering shortening the standard term for its CEOs, according to The Wall Street Journal. But for now, it is still Immelt's show to run.

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    NEW YORK -- During the past year there has been very little talk about gold, silver or gold stocks in the media. I am always amazed how the masses and media can be so off in their timing of the stock market and commodities. But the truth is that big move has already happened, and the U.S. and global markets are in rotation.

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    Trips to stores are no longer normal for me. They haven't been for quite some time. At the bare minimum, there is an ongoing pursuit to see if a well-established, publicly traded company is doing something differently, good or bad, in the marketplace.

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    Ketamine -- a drug used in anesthesia -- is making a lot of patients happy with its ability to treat depression, although it hasn't been approved by the Food Drug and Administration for that use. Three recent positive studies, including a small one last week, should spur more research into ketamine and boost the already fast-growing, off-label infusion business.

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    Fund managers point to rich opportunity in choppy markets, even for those bearish on market direction. With the S&P 500 flat for the year to date while the Nasdaq and Dow Jones are lower, many professional investors argue a correction is long overdue.

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    In technology, the war of all against all has become the war of all against one, and the one is Google (GOOG), Google (GOOG) missed Wall Street estimates for both earnings and revenue in its first-quarter report, sending the stock tumbling. The answer: It's probably a trend, because it turns out that Google's (GOOG) "Don't Be Evil" has a corollary.

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    Homebuilder stocks have been trading lower since the end of February, when the PHLX Housing Sector Index set a 52-week intraday high at 213.81 on Feb. 26. The answer was a clear yes. So is now the time to buy? We conduct a technical analysis to find that out. We'll discuss the market now, then present our technical analysis of housing market stocks in the charts on page 3 of this article.

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    * Total assets under management up 25 pct y/y to $272 bln as of end-March. * 1st qtr ENI per share of 70 cts vs 55 cts in Thomson Reuters analyst poll. * 1st qtr distributable earnings at $485 mln, up 24 pct y/y. By Greg Roumeliotis.

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    Over at the artist formerly known as All Things D, the great Mike Isaac wrote an article that stands admirably on its own, but can double as clue number umpteen thousand to an increasingly unaware Pandora management team. Isaac reported and riffed on Twitter's acquisition of data reseller Gnip.

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    Once, there was a food company called Kraft Foods (KRFT). KRFT data by YCharts. With the spirit of a startup and the soul of a powerhouse, Kraft still has an unrivaled lineup of products in the beverages, cheese, refrigerated meals and grocery categories. At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @m8a2r1.

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    A personal quest of mine: To learn more about the encrypted DNA of global businesses. Today's stop on the learning experience train was at a company that has always fascinated me, PepsiCo (PEP), The breadth of the Pepsi product portfolio is impressive, and a true point of differentiation from Coca-Cola, which is seemingly content to relish in slow, consistent growth via carbonated soft drinks.

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    The S&P 500 made its third consecutive close higher, finishing Thursday up 1.04%. . On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, the panel discussed Google's (GOOG) earnings report after the company missed on top- and bottom-line estimates. Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, said Google (GOOG) does not have an expensive valuation and investors can begin buying the stock.