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    Five stocks to watch today are tech sector momentum plays, three of them companies based in China. 1. Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) broke out of its wedge on Wednesday, up $1.74, or 8%, to $23.51. The China-based mobile utility app developer released a report Tuesday that 99% of Android phone users faced a potential threat from Android loopholes.

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    The shares of Time Warner Cable  are moving slightly lower in early trading after The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's staff recommended a course of action that could derail the company's merger with Comcast , However, research firm Jefferies remained upbeat on Time Warner Cable (TWX) shares, saying that Charter  would probably buy the company if the government nixes the Comcast (CMCSA) deal.

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    Shares of Skechers USA (SKX) are rocketing higher, and are up more than 12% Thursday morning following a better-than-expected earnings report from the shoe company. This is "one of the most heavily shorted stocks that I follow," TheStreet's Jim Cramer, manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, said on CNBC's "Stop Trading" segment. Skechers USA SKX data by YCharts.

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    The iconic bike company is keeping prices high, which will pay off when growth resumes. At prices of up to $27,000, Hogs aren't cheap. But, ironically, that's exactly why you can now get a discount on shares of Harley-Davidson (HOG) the company that makes the iconic and endearingly noisy motorcycles nicknamed "Hogs."

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    Chinese cash injected into New York City real estate reached record levels in 2014. "Over the next several years, we'll see -- potentially -- over $50 billion injected into the market from China," said Cushman & Wakefield's Chairman of New York Investment Sales Bob Knakal, who has engineered some of the splashiest sales of New York properties to Chinese buyers.

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    Armed with their savings from the gas pump, U.S. consumers are impulsively reaching for potato chips and other snacks found on convenience-store shelves and in supermarket aisles. The urge to eat a snack on the go was again a primary contributor to beverage and snack giant PepsiCo's (PEP) latest earnings results.

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    Oil-company shares are rising from their lows as the worst of the drop in crude is over. Today is Earth Day, when we reflect on ways to support the environment and even take action to limit the damage we've caused. But for clever investors, there's a conflict: Oil-company stocks, hurt by a 50% drop in the price of crude, are now more attractive than they've been in years.

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    NEW YORK -- I've been looking at Goldman Sachs   from the buy side since one of my subscribers pointed out the symmetry in early March. Recently, however, I gave a "heads up" to protect profits, after encountering some key price targets and I was seeing a healthy cluster of Fibonacci timing cycles from April 14 to April 17 that suggested there might be at least a short-term top.

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    * Q1 op profit 2.1 bln SEK vs forecast 3.3 bln in Reuters poll. * Comparable Networks unit sales drop 9 pct. * Says North America to remain slow short term. * Shares fall 10 pct. By Sven Nordenstam and Olof Swahnberg.

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    The broader market has fared relatively well despite the low expectations. Facebook (FB)   had a good day, the CNBC "Fast Money" traders said Wednesday. The stock was down over 2% in after-hours trading, but Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital, and Pete Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com, think investors should buy the stock.

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     . Falling oil prices have put many companies under duress. Specifically, Bill Maloney, head of U.S. development and production for Statoil (STO), is looking at the Gulf of Mexico. Speaking at the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference in Houston, Maloney says there is potential in the Gulf, particular on the Mexican side since there have been fewer wells drilled compared to the American side.

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    The drop in oil prices has helped plenty of consumers, but it's hurt Canada, an economy that's heavily dependent on oil production. Investments in Western Canada are declining by as much as one-third, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

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     .  . The arrest and extradition request of a 36-year old London trader in connection with the 2010 Flash Crash -- when the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost around 600 points in five minutes and then rebounded -- raises more questions than it answers, for the moment.

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    Currency impact to continue, quarter also saw big jump in R&D. SAN FRANCISCO-- The good news is that Facebook (FB) has an ever-growing international business. The bad news is that, like Netflix Inc., as it expands outside the U.S., it's going to see more impacts from currency fluctuations.

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    Back on Feb. 25, I liked the looks of the LendingTree  chart. Since then, the stock has pushed over 20% higher in just a little less than two months, but that in itself doesn't put Lending Tree at risk here. Currently, Lending Tree's stock price is running sharply higher, and although there is nice symmetry in the rising lows, the resistance line appears to hold a lesser angle.

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     Are "sustainable" companies good investments? However, for the first time, the index itself underperformed its benchmark, the MSCI All Country World Index, due to a rising dollar and the vast majority of companies in the index trading in other currencies.

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     U.S. stocks are slightly higher on Wednesday, as investors try to digest the slew of earnings results being released this week. It's kind of "puzzling" that shares of McDonald's (MCD) are moving higher on Wednesday, given the company's less-than-stellar first -quarter results, said Stephen Weiss, founder and managing partner of Short Hills Capital Partners.