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    Demand for semiconductors is a huge factor in generating economic growth as almost every device or appliance consumers buy include computer chips. Four components of the 30 in the PHLX Semiconductor Index, also known as the SOX, report quarterly results this week.

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    The investments have been strong performers and feature high yields. If you want both income and growth in one investment, your options are limited. But there is one way, and it's become more popular as interest rates have settled near record lows: energy master limited partnerships.

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    Based on past history, investors can expect volatility for shares of Yum! The stock of the company, which is scheduled to report after the bell on Tuesday, has had several price gaps on its daily chart during the last 24 months on the good news, bad news for product sales, particularly for KFC China. Analysts expect Yum!

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    Eating smartly on a' food stamps' budget can be a snap. I thought Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress, was brilliant in the movie "Shakespeare In Love." But when it comes to trying to eat frugally she deserves a Razzie instead of an Oscar.

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     ARM Holdings shares aren't cheap and they haven't traded on par with the rest of the market for a while. ARM's price-to-earnings ratio of 63 is three-times higher than the price to earnings ratio of the S&P 500  at 21. Why has the stock performed so well?

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    Finding a stock that will outperform the market in 2015 isn't easy but those seeking a longer-term winner should invest in SAP, With software revenue of around $18 billion in the last 12 months, SAP ranks as the world's fourth-largest software company, trailing Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (NASDAQ-NMS:ORCL) and IBM (IBM)  in terms of sales.

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    Shares of International Business Machines (IBM)  were nearly flat in late trading Monday after reporting earnings. The company posted its 12th consecutive quarter of revenue declines, Adami added. Steve Grasso, director of institutional sales at Stuart Frankel, remains bearish on the stock over the long term.

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    A November 2014 article regarding direct investment in China stocks featured exchange-traded funds from Van Eck and Deutsche Bank, which offer competing ETFs that track the Shanghai CSI 300 Index. In the fall of 2014 Van Eck launched another issue, Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF (CNXT). It offered exposure to small- to medium-sized companies trading on the Small and Medium Enterprise Board and the ChiNext Market of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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    For non-marijuana users, April 20th may be just like any other day. As a token to the holiday, he noted that his weekend sales were higher by roughly 300% compared to an ordinary weekend. Hageseth is a life-long entrepreneur who has started and ran several successful businesses over the years.

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    Investors torpedoed  Royal Caribbean's shares on Monday, sending them plunging 8% for the day following a second consecutive weak earnings forecast for 2015. The cruise-line operator, which on Monday christened its newest ship, the 168,667-ton Anthem of the Seas on Monday, reported earnings of 20 cents a share.

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    Leaders at IHS Energy CERAWeek, one of the largest global energy conferences, kicked off this year's gathering Monday with a call to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports. U.S. currently imports seven million barrels of oil per day. Senator Murkowski spoke during the opening panel of CERAWeek, entitled the "Future of Energy Policy."

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    Low oil prices have put a whammy on the Houston economy, according to Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Oil is up over 20% in the past month but over the long term oil has fallen over 50% from its summer highs, he added.

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    Sentiment may start to change about the energy sector, owing to a rise in crude oil prices. While the Houston-based company has made the best of a bad situation, resulting in revenue and earnings in the last quarter of fiscal 2014 that topped the projections of analysts polled by Bloomberg, things have changed.

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     RetailMeNot  hit a tailspin in November. RetailMeNot's slide to the $13 range last fall marked a significant bottom. RetailMeNot (SALE) -- Daily StockCharts.com I'm looking for one of two scenarios to play out here, and they are both bullish. I mentioned a third bullish scenario, so this next chart will outline it.

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    New fiduciary rule won't help you with this. The latest big change to rules governing retirement savings came out last week, and while it's a big step in the right direction, the one thing we can be sure it will not eliminate is bad, expensive mutual funds being available in savings plans. The Department of Labor came out with its long-awaited fiduciary rule for retirement advice, seeking to ensure that any person who gets paid to provide investment advice to a plan sponsor, plan...

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    Do you own shares in software giant VMware (VMW) ? It's time to sell. The quick and persistent rise in cloud-related products and services has raised questions about how much growth remains in software virtualization -- an industry currently dominated by VMware (VMW). With VMware (VMW) likely to suffer from the same negative impacts of the strong U.S. dollar as others -- devaluing its sales in overseas markets.

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     Semiconductor companies are struggling with low sales of personal computers. So why should you invest in semiconductor giant Broadcom (BRCM) ? Broadcom (BRCM) stock gained around 45% for the past 52 weeks but are up less than 1% so far in 2015. Broadcom (BRCM) was in the news recently as a possible acquisition for Intel after talks of acquiring Altera  reportedly fell through.

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    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people, BP stock may not be worth betting on. What more than $28 billion of expenses related to the explosion of an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico did not accomplish, last year's collapse in the price of oil did.