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    Shares of Panera Bread Co (PNRA)  were up 0.24% to $184.46 in late afternoon trading Tuesday, ahead of the casual restaurant operator's latest earnings results due out after the market closes today. Analysts are forecasting a year over year rise in both earnings and revenue. For its latest quarter, Wall Street is expecting earnings of $1.63 per share on revenue of $679.43 million.

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    Volkswagen (VLKAF) has overtaken Toyota (TM) in car delivery sales for the first half of the year, making it the world's largest automaker. The German company is now on track to take the number one spot in terms of worldwide sales, toppling Toyota (TM) from the top spot. But the outlook for both companies looks tentative following China's stock-market volatility and slowing demand in the U.S. and emerging markets.

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    Pfizer reported second quarter earnings on Tuesday that beat estimates and raised its outlook for the year, as the company's newly launched drug treatments continued to perform well in the quarter. Overall, the drug maker posted second quarter earnings of 56 cents per share on revenue of $11.9 billion, beating Wall Street's estimates of earnings of 51 cents a share on revenue of $11.4 billion.

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      The younger the savers, the more likely they are to embrace target date funds, said Elaine Sarsynski, executive vice president and head of retirement services at MassMutual.

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    Ford Motor's   second-quarter results topped Wall Street forecasts on continued strength in North America, and strong sales of the Ford Edge and the F-150 truck. For the quarter, Ford earned 47 cents a share -- ten cents better than estimates -- and on the top line it posted sales of $37.3 billion, that was roughly a billion dollars better expected.

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    I'm staying with the food sector here while running with the bulls. The charts today skew between chasing strength and looking for a reversal. An important note before going through the charts: Neither of these stocks has triggered buys. For instance, on CAKE, after a strong gap higher after earnings, the stock has faded over the last few days.

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    United Parcel Service (UPS)  beat expectations on earnings Tuesday but reported a drop in revenue. The parcel delivery service was helped by an increase in profit margins and overseas business, with total shipments up 2.1%, reaching 1.1 billion deliveries. The strong dollar drove up U.S. imports and operating profit rose 17% on the back of distribution improvements and new pricing initiatives.

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      U.S. workers are more likely to regret not saving enough for retirement more than they are to regret not having been a better human being, said Diane Gallagher, vice president of Defined Contribution Investment Only Practice Management at American Century Investments.

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    Don't let tumbling oil prices darken your outlook on stocks or the economy. 1. -- Stocks Tend to Rally After Oil Price Drops. 3. -- The European Economy Will Likely Benefit. 6. -- It Hurts Russia. 7. -- It Cools Inflation. As gasoline and heating oil, both derived from crude oil, decline there will be slightly less pressure on inflation. 8. -- It Could Make Dollars More Attractive.

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    Investors should listen to what Facebook (FB) says about its revenue growth and spending when it reports earnings on Wednesday, according to Scott Kessler, an equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ. "If the company can show that it still has robust growth ahead, and it's controlling expenses, I think that will be a recipe for an encouraging second-quarter earnings report," stated Kessler.

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    The volatility in China's stock market isn't ending anytime soon and the drop will likely continue for months, a fund manager said Tuesday. "This is a correction that has been caused by some previous over-enthusiasm and it's anyone's guess as to how big and how long that [correction] will be," said Charlie Awdry, who manages the China Opportunities Fund.

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    Shares of Chinese Internet firm Baidu (BIDU)  have dropped nearly 17% Tuesday and are now down nearly 28% this year after the company reported one of the "worst quarters of the year," TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, said on CNBC's "Mad Dash" segment.

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    Been to Beverly Hills in the last year? It shouldn't be surprising that the Range Rover Sport has become Hollywood's favorite SUV: It's the best-looking one on the market. But is beauty more than skin-deep? To find out, I drove two versions of this SUV, which starts at $64,345. The particular unit I drove cost approximately $80,000; there was no need for more horsepower.

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    Ford beat analysts' forecasts and posted its best quarterly automotive profit in 15 years as the U.S. automaker said the second half of 2015 will be "even stronger." Second-quarter pretax operating profit hit $2.9 billion for the period, up 10% or $269 million from a year earlier.

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    Most books that purport to tell you how to be a smarter investor make the author a little richer and set you back $29.95 -- with little to show for it. If you're willing to put in the time for some reading, consider focusing on these important areas of financial literacy: How to assess value How to avoid fraud How to understand the thinking of people who sell financial products.

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    Though Greece has dominated the news recently, its overall market impact has been surprisingly muted. Instead, the real market mover and shaker for the last couple of months has been China. By now, many are familiar with the facts and numbers of the Shanghai market situation.