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    The energy sector declined through the first quarter of 2015 and then pared some of its losses in the second quarter. Yet, some energy stocks even underperformed compared to the very low bar set by this sector.

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    Year to date, Home Depot  has outperformed the S&P 500 and is up 6%, while Lowes  is down about 3%. Despite reporting a disappointing first quarter, analysts have been upgrading Lowes on the belief that stronger housing activity in the Southeast will allow Lowes to catch up to Home Depot.

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     Gilead may be the canary in a coal mine for the biotech sector. The weekly bar chart of the NYSE Arca Biotech Index below shows signs of thinning air, as seen in the reversal off the new high that was just barely above the March high.

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    The energy sector declined through the first quarter of 2015 and then pared some of its losses in the second quarter. Despite underperforming the market as a whole, some energy stocks have done quite well so far in 2015. TheStreet (TST) paired the 10 best performing energy sector stocks with TheStreet Ratings to determine whether they really are poor investments going forward.

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    The materials sector has underperformed the market so far this year, with S&P 500 materials stocks falling 0.58% through the first half. That said, several materials companies in the index underperformed both their cohort and the S&P 500 as a whole. Below are the 10 worst. Sometimes the bargain bin is the best place to find good deals on undervalued stocks.

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    So far in 2015, the Materials sector has been lagging behind the market. TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's (TST) proprietary ratings tool, projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a "buy" yielded a 16.56% return in 2014 beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points.

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    American businesses are increasingly looking across the Pond for opportunities to set up shop and turn a profit, according to a new study. According to a report by the UK Trade and Investment department, the United States is the largest investor in the United Kingdom for the third year in a row.

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    Critical intelligence before the U.S. market opens. The market reacted as one might expect. And here we are, contemplating the future after a really sad excuse for bargain hunting on Tuesday.

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    Domtar Corporation (UFS) and PH Glatfelter (GLT), two companies that specialize in paper products and packaging, have gone ex-dividend Tuesday, June 30. This piece continues a dividend capture strategy series -- buying stocks for the sole purpose of collecting the announced quarterly dividend and then immediately selling the shares within days after the dividend cash payment has been paid by the company.

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    The Supreme Court's ruling to keep Obamacare intact was likely a savior for some for-profit hospital systems, and could lead to more consolidation among insurance companies and hospital providers. "There was tremendous concern that if this decision had gone the other way a lot of hospital systems could have found themselves in real trouble," said Mount Sinai Health System CEO Ken Davis.

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    A Greek default is looking more likely but U.S. stocks were still able to bounce back on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 climbing 0.4% following Monday's 2% selloff. But there could easily be more downside, Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital, said on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show.

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    For Wednesday, TheStreet (TST) is highlighting June motor-vehicle sales, five notable quarterly earnings reports and key economic data to watch on Wall Street. U.S. automakers gear up to report motor-vehicle sales for June. On the earnings front, we note five companies reporting their latest quarterly financial results.

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    Shares of Wynn Resorts  got a nice boost from China Tuesday after the government there loosened regulations on Macau visas, making it easier to visit and keep gambling at Wynn's and other casinos. Now local tourists holding passports from mainland China can stay in the gambling region for seven days, up from the previous five-day limit.

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    United Airlines   is buying a $30 million stake in biofuel company Fulcrum Bioenergy to help the carrier hedge against oil-price volatility, in a deal that has been called the largest ever by a U.S. airline. The biofuel investment is a 10-year deal that could provide United with around 180 million gallons of fuel per year.