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    Shares of HSN  climbed 4% on Friday following its better-than-expected earnings results on Thursday. The multi-channel retailer is hitting on all cylinders, as digital sales climbed faster than overall revenues, up 12% year over year. Mobile is how consumers are shopping these days, plus it allows HSN to connect with those customers, she explained. HSN Inc. HSNI data by YCharts.

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    While the fourth-quarter GDP report was revised lower to 2.2%, consumer spending was strong. Consumers are spending money to fix up and furnish their homes, said Ethan Allen Interiors (ETH)  Chairman and CEO Farooq Kathwari. The company is going through a major "reinvention" by replacing 70% of its product lines by this fall, he said, but he's optimistic about the future.

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    Splunk (SPLK), a maker of data-analytics software, reported late on Thursday another big jump in quarterly revenue that topped analysts' estimates. The company, however, also reported another net loss, and with its sky-high valuation, its stock remains a risky bet. Splunk (SPLK) makes software that helps companies analyze Web data, a fast-growing field.

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     . For many baby boomers, tax season isn't nearly as daunting as attempting to reconcile estate plans, but it's a great reminder that procrastination isn't a viable option. Failure to plan also means fewer dollars, wasted time and effort, and a public record of your affairs for many to experience. Consider the seven rules below as guide posts for your tax and estate planning.

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    Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are undervalued by several statistical measures. While the world's second-largest personal computer vendor by revenue, did disappoint Wall Street with fiscal first-quarter results earlier this week, it suggests analysts expected too much -- not that HP didn't deliver.

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    With the vote on net neutrality done, Comcast (CMCSA)  and Time Warner Cable's  $45 billion merger plans may be poised to go full throttle. Regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission is still pending on a proposed merger that would extend Comcast's position as the country's largest broadband provider.

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    Medical devices manufacturers had an extremely active 2014, with a number of mega-mergers in the space. According to Paul Teitelbaum, a managing director at Mesirow Financial, there are likely to be a few mega deals on the table this year -- but not on par with last year's robust M&A environment.

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    The yen's decline in recent years has been a big boon for Japanese exporters, especially Fuji Heavy Industries (FUJHF), best known as the maker of Subaru cars. Subaru's plucky line of four-wheel drive cars has been racking up impressive sales numbers against bigger, more formidable competitors.

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    During the last few weeks I have warned on how J.C. Penney's  holiday quarter was likely to be received by the market -- harshly. With the stock plummeting post-earnings on Thursday, let me provide some deeper insight. I figured that after hyping the start of the holiday season immediately following Black Friday, the company would deliver a decent quarter.

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    We can all agree that one sector did not live up to expectations this time last year and was a subsequent drag on the economy: The housing sector. With a miss like that, even the most gullible person you know is likely to look at the NAHB's 2015 forecast -- 803,000 single family housing units -- and be like "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?"

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    Weight Watchers International , which specializes in weight management services through its company-owned and franchised global network, fiscal fourth-quarter revenue Thursday that missed Wall Street estimates, and investors should avoid the stock.