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    U.S. President Barack Obama begins a six-day Asia trip Wednesday with an agenda focused on renewing political connections in a skeptical region, rather than on deals for American multinationals. Security and trade dialogue against the backdrop of a rising China will dominate the president's visits to Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea, analysts say.

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    UPDATED: And Apple (AAPL) crushed just about every metric it could in its fiscal year Q2 earnings report. The man has the patience of Job. Apple (AAPL) 1: Samsung 0. pic.twitter.com/KAqArL0K5B Chirag Mehta April 22, 2014 I'm not sure how Cook stays focused. Unlike rumor mongers in the media and hacks in Wall Street analyst dystopia, I do not and will not claim to know Apple's (AAPL) exact plans.

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    Unlike at a cold, emotionless, bank, a Bitcoin Center, as Vined below, is a place where people come to discuss the Bitcoin economy and do some trading of the virtual currency.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 percent. * Ericsson falls after earnings miss. * Primark gives Associated British Foods a lift. * French, German PMIs point to diverging economies. By Alistair Smout. European shares fell on Wednesday, retracing some of the previous session's strong gains as investors responded to weak earnings from Ericsson and mixed data out of the euro zone.

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    It's time for Celgene's (CELG) share price to reverse a year-to-date down trend. The Growth Story Celgene (CELG) is a dyed-in-the-wool growth story. At the time of publication, Merola was long CELG, although positions may change at any time. This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet (TST) or its editorial staff.  .

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    The S&P 500 extended its winning streak to six straight sessions, finishing higher by 0.41%. The Nasdaq finished up 0.97%. Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, said momentum names including Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and biotech stocks still look good on the long side.

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    HONG KONG-- Investors have done well in the past with a simple strategy of buying what China was buying. So earlier this year, things were looking up for gold when it was revealed that China had swept past India to become the world's biggest buyer in 2013.. For the first time, Chinese demand topped 1,000 tonnes, reaching 1,176 tonnes after a 41% year-on-year gain, not including central-bank buying.

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    What we are about to present is one of the most shared and coveted charts on StockTwits. It shows the mistakes that traders and investors of all skill levels can make. Two of the greatest attributes any market participant can have are discipline and a plan of action. //

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    NEW YORK-- The stock market finished to the upside on Tuesday. For the sixth consecutive day the S&P 500, the Nasdaq, and the Russell 2000 surged ahead. Since those huge down days of April 10-11, the markets have recouped all of their losses.

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    Among consumer staple stocks, two investor favorites are Kimberly-Clark (KMB) and Procter & Gamble (PG), Both are priced with hefty forward one-year price-to-earnings ratios between 16.5 and 18, and both face challenging headwinds. As of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Kimberley-Clark stock was at $108.50, up 4% year to date.

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    Elon Musk is getting more attention than a Korean pop star in China this week, even though his Tesla Motors (TSLA) last year sold only one-tenth of 1 percent as many cars worldwide as Chinese consumers bought.

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    Sales of hogs, aka motorcycles, have continued to ride back from the depths of hell known as the Great Recession. Nevertheless, industry leader Harley Davidson's (HOG) shareholders have benefited both from the industry recovery and positive headlines emanating from the company such as the recent announcement that it was releasing a sub-$10,000 line in the second quarter called the Street.

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    So, according to Billboard, one of the more recent Pandora killers, Beats Music, is dead on arrival: The key metric for the labels is the so-called conversion rate -- the rate at which free trials to road-test a streaming service lead to paying subscribers. Except that hasn't happened.

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    ABC vs. They're on pins and needles because they don't know how the case will go, or even how it should go. Aereo, a start-up backed by Barry Diller and IAC/Interactive, rents an antenna-and-digital-video recorder service for $8 a month to consumers.