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    Qualcomm (QCOM) began the year around the $75 level. I tend to gravitate to stocks that show unusual relative strength during bearish market cycles, primarily because even those sellers who have been reluctant to sell their long positions in a stock that has been in a bear cycle tend to join the last bunch of sellers when the bear is at its most aggressive point in time and price.

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    For all the talk of consumer sentiment, retail sales and other measures of consumption, it is income and employment that drive economic growth. In the absence of new jobs or higher real incomes, consumers cannot increase spending without drawing on savings or borrowing -- both unsustainable sources of consumption.

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    With Anthem Inc. (ANTM)  agreeing to acquire Cigna Corp. for nearly $50 billion, we decided to check TheStreet Quant Ratings to see if there are any good stocks in the "managed health care" sub-industry, worth taking a look at.This merger will combine the second, and fifth largest companies, by revenue, in this sub-sector. So, what are the best managed health care stocks investors should be buying?

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    National sovereignty is an idea whose time has passed. With capital flowing freely internationally, the reduced cost of transportation, lower prices for oil, the historically massive migration of people, the unstoppable spread of information, and an increasing willingness of many nations to open up trade, nations just cannot remain isolated from the rest of the world. Take Greece.

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    Investors wondering if growth rates of over 20% will return in the 3D printing space were told by an analyst at Jefferies this morning that he's more confident of that happening for Stratasys , though maybe not as quickly as hoped, and more pessimistic for rival 3D Systems , WHAT'S NEW: After surveying 30 resellers in the 3D printing space, Jefferies analyst Jason North cut his price target for...

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    Shares of Twitter Inc  were up 0.19% to $34.77 in pre-market trading Tuesday, ahead of the micro-blogging site's fiscal second quarter earnings results, due out after the closing bell later today. Twitter is poised to report a year over year rise in both earnings and revenue in its latest quarter.

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    With new drugs getting approved and rejected every day, health care, and biopharmaceuticals in particular, has become one of the most exciting areas for investment. Social Market Analytics, the firm I work for, derives actionable intelligence using a patented filtering process to scan social media sources for relevant information generated by qualified accounts.

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    China's once red-hot stock market and surging economy are burning up, and several major U.S. retailers that operate in the country may be surprised by how quickly that derails their strong sales trends. Chinese shares plunged more than 8% on Monday and fell another 1.7% on Tuesday, sparking fresh fears on the country's economic health.

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    Footwear maker Sketchers reports second-quarter earnings Wednesday after the bell. In the first quarter, Sketchers reported net sales of $768 million, compared to $546.5 million a year earlier, an increase of 40%. The company outran the strong dollar, the harsh Northeast winter and the West Coast port slowdown to post the highest quarterly revenues in the company's history.

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    MasterCard , the world's second-largest credit/debit card company, will report second-quarter earnings Wednesday before the opening bell. That said, expensive doesn't always equate to a bad value. The New York-based company is already benefiting from gross dollar volumes that are climbing at low double-digit rates.

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    If markets yawn at their release, why keep the forecasts secret for five years? What if a tree fell in the woods, no one heard it, and the only people who cared were those in the tree-felling business? No, it's not a trick question.

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    The Shanghai Composite fell 8.5% on Monday, dragging the S&P 500 lower by 0.6%. The U.S. index is now down almost 3% over the past week and has investors thinking about a possible larger-scale correction. It hasn't been pretty as the S&P 500 has declined for five straight days, Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, said on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show.

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    The Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee meeting and earnings from a number of companies highlight Tuesday for investors. The Fed holds its two-day meeting starting Tuesday, and economists expect the central bank to begin raising interest rates in September.

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    Just because gold is the ultimate heart-over-head investment, doesn't mean investors in mining companies should base their actions on emotion. Gold is worth something. Last week's earnings announcement from Newmont Mining (NEM), the world's second-largest gold producer, would normally have inspired respect more than fear. A report last week from Goldman Sachs (GS) explained the dilemma.

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    Japan opening up to more international influences. A lot of the commentary on the announced takeover of Britain's Financial Times newspaper by Japan's Nikkei media company has focused on issues of editorial control and style. However we need to look at the GBP844 million acquisition from a wider perspective.

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    To study the evolution of currency for his book Coined, Kabir Seghal followed Charles Darwin's lead and headed down to the Galapagos Islands. "While I was in the Galapagos I studied different ecosystems and, sure enough, all the organisms I found there and even here in New York, they all use exchange, meaning energy," said Sehgal.