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    Investors appear to have gotten over the 2008 financial crisis and are growing more optimistic about their finances and the economy, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism index.

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    Pressure on fund managers can lead to poor performance. Over-sharing these days is rampant, and too much information also afflicts mutual-fund managers and their investors. One type of information that there may be too much of is performance data.

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    Specialty snack food company Diamond Foods   hasn't produced the results investors would like so far in 2015. While Diamond, whose products include PopSecret popcorn, Kettle chips and Emerald nuts, has frustrated shareholders with its stock performance in 2015, its initiatives to cut costs and grow margins are ahead of schedule.

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    The ADP report for the month of February came in lower than investors had expected Wednesday, likely leading to the 0.6% decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However, according to Brian Rehling, co-head of global fixed income strategy at Wells Fargo Investment Institute, a unit of Wells Fargo,the U.S. economy continues to grind along with moderate growth.

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    Shares of IBM (IBM) are down 14.5% in the past 12 months, but that isn't deterring Erin Gibbs, the equity chief investment officer of S&P Capital IQ, from liking the stock. The company is "actually doing pretty good at slowly shifting" from its legacy business, toward cloud and mobile services, she explained. IBM (IBM) is expected to endure a long, but hopefully successful, restructuring under Project Chrome.

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     TiVo   shares are trading more than 6% higher Wednesday after the digital recording television services company reported a 30% increase in subscribers year-over-year for the period that ended Jan. 31. Investors are jumping for joy prematurely.

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    Costco Wholesale, the largest U.S. warehouse retailer, seems to never get cheap. Costco shares are up more than 7% in 2015, besting both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, which have gained just 2% each.

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    Volatility is back, as seen by the slight S&P 500 decline Wednesday after cutting losses in half from earlier lows. Terranova noted the yield on 10-year Treasury notes are higher on the day despite many of the world's central banks cutting interest rates.

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    The Securities and Exchange Commission's top cop wants drug companies to be more transparent with investors about their dealings with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Accuracy of reporting in your dealings with the FDA is critical to getting investors the information they need.

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    The downgrade of Hercules Offshore  to zero by Deutsche Bank (DB) has begun the second phase of the oil bust. No one in the offshore subsector is in quite as bad a position as Hercules finds itself, with only 10 of its 24 rigs contracted for work and a hugely overleveraged cash position. But others in the space have their own problems.

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     . The FDIC Quarterly Banking Profile for the fourth quarter of 2014 continues to show that the banking system is stabilizing from the "Great Credit Crunch" that began at the end of 2007, but arguably, the crunch isn't over. For proof, let's start with this table, which shows the latest FDIC data on exposure to real-estate related loans, a key indicator about the state of the credit markets.

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    Samsung -- stuck between a rock and a hard place as it fights against the immovable Apple (AAPL) in the premium phone market and low-cost up-and-comers such as Xiaomi and Huawei -- has a new weapon: the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. Introduced this week at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, the models are premium-priced phones specifically targeted to take on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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     Joy Global (JOY), a maker of mining equipment, is scheduled to report its quarterly results before the opening bell on Thursday, and with demand for commodities such as coal, copper, iron ore and other raw materials down, the stock has lost technical momentum. Joy Global (JOY) was on a momentum run between March 2009 and April 2011 as many commodities were rising into bubble territory.

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    I write a lot about individual stocks, and while I dabble in stock-picking, the vast majority of my personal portfolio is in rather unglamorous mutual funds and ETFs. I subscribe to the notion that investors should invest for the long-term, with attention to low costs. And while I sometimes bet on individual stocks, it's important to think in terms of holistic investing strategy and how individual positions fit into your portfolio in regards to sector, risk level and geography.

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    NEW YORK –- AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ)  and other carriers didn't spend as much last year as expected, which weighed on a number of companies including Ciena (NASDAQ-NMS:CIEN), which relies heavily on both telecom giants for almost one-third of its annual revenue. But things are changing for the company, which reports earnings Thursday.