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    McDonald's, surprise surprise, is a global business that is still growing as if it's a startup. In digging around, I found three things on McDonald's internationally that will provide a little shock and awe. At the end of April, McDonald's China will have opened its 2000th restaurant, with 12% being franchisee operated.

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     McDonald's (MCD) missed on top- and bottom-line earnings expectations. "It doesn't matter," TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio said on CNBC's "Cramer's Mad Dash" segment. McDonald's (MCD) is "a value play," he said. The stock will pay investors a 3.5% dividend yield to wait for the company to get back on track, he suggested.

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    The day has finally come. It's not yet official, but the announcement is expected to come as soon at May 1. During the announcement, Ford enthusiasts and investors alike will be listening to see when Mulally's last day will actually be. This is big news, not only in the auto world, but the corporate world as well. WATCH: More market update videos on TheStreet TV | More videos from Ruben Ramirez.

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    * Share of "long" investors stabilizes in latest week. * More than half of active clients short long-dated bonds. The difference between the share of investors who are short longer-dated Treasuries than those who are long increased to its highest level in about 11 months in the latest week, according to a survey released on Tuesday by J.P. Morgan Securities.

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    Netflix (NFLX) gained in overnight trading following its announcement that earnings for the quarter ending in March were 86 cents per share, three cents ahead of estimates, on revenue of $1.27 billion, 24% higher than a year ago. Netflix (NFLX) shares have more than doubled in value over the last year, although they fell more than 20% recently as investors have switched from growth stocks to value plays.

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    European small-cap stocks are soaring. During the past year, Wisdom Tree Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund returned 48.1%, according to Morningstar (MORN), while Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF, a large-cap fund, returned 23.4%. Boosted by the strong European showing, broad international small-cap exchange-traded funds also excelled. Small stocks often shine in rallies.

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    If you wanted to find the ideal mutual fund to buy today, you could sum up the search pretty easily: You're looking for an issue that has delivered above-average returns with below-average risk. They may be easy to find, but it can be hard to actually buy them. For proof, consider a study issued last week by Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF& Mutual Fund Research at S&P Capital IQ that focused on large-cap funds that have modest risk profiles.

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    Over the last couple years, I made the decision to focus on writing about companies rather than stocks. In the shell of a frank nut, I don't feel comfortable making buy/sell recommendations. With that in mind, outside of a handful of exceptions, I tend to stay away from saying buy or sell this or that stock.

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    Although Halliburton (HAL) and Schlumberger continue to capture the lion's share of coverage within the oilfield services sector, Baker Hughes (BHI) demonstrates why savvy investors see a three-team race. Last week, Baker Hughes (BHI) posted a 23% jump in quarterly profit, helped by improved margins at its North American operations.

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    On balance, it was a relatively quiet Monday on a week that promises some intrigue as several heavyweights release earnings later on. Monday after the close, Netflix  released their Q1 results to rousing applause, as investors sent shares up as much as 8% from the closing print at the time of this writing.

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    Steve Jobs would have taken a baseball bat to the Samsung television set that was sitting, front and center, at the Santa Monica Apple Store Monday morning. For goodness sake, pull a Sony (SNE) up from the back of the store. Context,.. It's one thing to let third-party retail dumps such as Wal-Mart (WMT) sell your stuff.

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     Sandridge Energy  hit a one-year high on Monday as the company continued its gains from late last week after Jim Cramer spoke bullishly about the stock on CNBC's Mad Money on Wednesday evening. The stock hit a high of $6.98 for the day as of 3 p.m. More than 12.5 million shares had changed hands, which surpassed the average volume of 8,560,540.