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    With American International Group (AIG) reporting earnings at the close, the insurance giant is likely to beat estimates. First, with AIG it is important to keep in mind that the company's value and hence its share price does not exclusively ride on the value of its insurance business. Take AIG's quarterly earnings released in May 2008. Not much has changed.

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    Some bearish setups require a bounce first. The drug wholesale company's stock has been net lower since the beginning of June, but the pullback has come with two rather large-sized bounces. The weekly chart is of much greater concern and why my focus is on the longer-term bearish aspect of the name rather than the short-term bounce potential.

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    While U.S regulators are urging banks and finance companies to strengthen their safeguards against cyber-attacks, the government has also grappled with gaps in its own security -- including a system that tracks overseas threats to the country's financial system.

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    The inside story of Greek finance minister's prescient conference call. Something is going badly wrong in relations between Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund's managing director, and the staff of the institution. Three times this month, in politically fraught negotiations over a Greek debt package, the IMF staff has disavowed its management over providing more loans to Greece as part of the third bailout deal of EUR82 billion to EUR86 billion that euro...

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    Rising interest rates will hit your stock and bond mutual funds. Mutual funds are always in season, so they never go through training camp. But as football teams are now preparing for the season ahead, so too should investors be looking to get their team of funds into fighting trim.

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    The market's future is growing "cloudy" and that's causing investors to get jittery, said Mike Loewengart, director of investment strategy at E*Trade. "After the remarkable run in equities that we have experienced coming out of the financial crisis, investors now are expecting a pullback," said Loewengart about the results of E*Trade's  Q3 StreetWise survey.

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    CVS Health (CVS) has transformed its business model in recent years to give itself a more healthy image. Analysts expect CVS Health (CVS) to earn $1.20 a share when it reports quarterly results before the opening bell on Tuesday. Let's illustrate how investors can use must see daily and weekly and key trading levels to help make investment decisions for the stock both before and after earnings are recorded.

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    Loews  shares are down nearly 3% Monday after the conglomerate's second-quarter results showed sales drops at two of its biggest subsidiaries. The hotel, energy and financial services conglomerate reported a 44% fall in quarterly profit due to lower revenue from its energy and insurance businesses.

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    Shares of Tyson Foods  are down over 9% Mobnday after the largest U.S. meat processor released third-quarter results missing earnings and revenue estimates. Tyson posted a profit of 80 cents a share, sharply missing expectations by more than 10 cents. Tyson reduced its earnings forecast by 20 cents on both the top and bottom end to a range of between $3.10 to $3.20 a share.

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    The S&P 500 was at 2058 on June 29, the Dow 30 at 17,596. Those moves in percentage terms were small in number, yet a bar bet asking that question about whether or not these major indices are up or down over the past four weeks would probably sucker in plenty of "down" answers!

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    One of the reasons that the crowd has continued to leverage itself into oblivion is the belief that the Federal Reserve has our backs and will do anything to keep another financial disaster like 2008 from happening again.

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    From the euro to the yen, gold and oil, a technical look at the market for the week ahead. EURUSD -- Euro/dollar pin bar signal The EURUSD tried to test resistance up between 1.1100 - 1.1200 on Friday, but bears stepped in and quickly pushed the market back lower. GBPUSD -- Sterling/dollar strength persists GBPUSD has remained buoyant recently, despite the weakness in the other major USD pairs.

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    Apple (AAPL) shares have been under pressure since the company's disappointing late July earning's release. After a strong gap lower post earnings, the stock caught some temporary support in the $122 region, but note the failed back test off the 20- and 50-day exponential moving averages in the $127 area on the bounce back up where bears often fight.