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    General Motors (GM) shareholders just can't catch a break. On, Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors are moving toward filing criminal charges against the automaker in connection with a defective ignition switch that's been linked to about 100 deaths in accidents involving Chevrolet Cobalts and other GM cars.

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    Information technology provider EMC  is grabbing Virtustream for $1.2 billion in a move to expand its footprint in the cloud services space. "This is a critical and transformative acquisition for EMC (EMC) in one of the industry's fastest-growing and most important sectors," said EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucciin a statement.

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    Shares of Time Warner Cable  soared over 7% on Tuesday to close near $184, making it TheStreet"s Move of the Day. Charter Communications (CHTR) said it would acquire Time Warner Cable for $78.7 billion, or about $195.71 per share. This article is commentary by an independent contributor.

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    Market watchers are questioning a $500 million stock offering by Nationstar Mortgage   that came just before the end of first-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations by a wide margin, causing a more than 25% drop in shares of the mortgage servicer on May 5. Companies are not supposed to sell shares when they are aware of material information that hasn't been disclosed to investors.

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    Year-to-date Costco is up about 26%. The stock could go higher when the company reports after close May 27. There are a number of reasons, including the company's strong performance and expansion plans.  Costco is seeing increased store traffic. Still, the biggest reason the stock can go higher is an accelerated club-opening schedule.

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    Twitter is considering paying $1 billion in stock to buy privately held social network aggregator Flipboard, according to media reports. This kind of deal would make sense for Twitter for a couple of reasons.

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    In the last year, Michael Kors (KORS) shareholders have seen nothing but disappointments and lower share prices. Analysts are expecting the company to report $1.09 billion in revenue and $0.91 per share. Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs (GS) each regularly poll a large selection of women between the ages of 18 and 65 who plan on buying a handbag within the next 12 months.

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     A default wave will soon hit high-yield bonds, and investors better be prepared for it, says Steve Blumenthal, chief executive of CMG Capital. Still, he says there is a bright side to the coming washout in junk bonds. "The good news is that the selloff will create one of the greatest buying opportunities of a lifetime in the not too distant future," Blumenthal says.

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    Amazon ,  Apple (AAPL)  and Chipotle   are just three stocks that almost every investor wants to own. But popularity like that comes with a hefty price tag, which makes it difficult for average investors to buy more than a handful of those shares. The good news is that there are plenty of exchange-traded funds with solid exposure to these pricey stocks.

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    Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the world's second-largest personal computer vendor by revenue, didn't report breathtaking earnings results last week, but with optimism surrounding its upcoming business segment separation, the tech giant did more than enough to remind investors how cheaply Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) stock is trading today.

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    From the iRobot Roomba vacuum to soon-to-come self-driving cars, robots are already making a huge impact on society and business, but who will pay for it when something goes wrong? . In a classic Saturday Night Live skit, Sam Waterston of the TV series Law & Order tries to sell robot insurance for the fake company "Old Glory Insurance."

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    It was only three weeks ago when I had this bullish stance on Berkshire Hathaway , I drew out the following conclusion: "I wouldn't expect a ton of upside, but I'm looking for Berkshire shares to finish the summer north of $150 with $148 to $150 the short-term six-week target." I'm going to go with partly correct here.

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     Since New York City taxi-meter revenue peaked in May 2013 at $599 per day per medallion, according to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, the average taxi-medallion owner has experienced a sharp drop in pre-tax income after debt service -- more precipitous than anyone has yet admitted.