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    The current bull market is getting old, and that's a good time for a buy-write investing strategy, says Ari Sass, portfolio manager for the M.D. Sass Equity Income Plus Fund. "We are clearly in the later stages of a bull market with the [S&P 500 index] trading at 17 to 18 times earnings," Sass said.

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    European stocks are trading at an historic discount to U.S. stocks, says NFJ Investment Group's Portfolio Manager Burns McKinney. European equities offer a better opportunity for U.S. investors, and you can still get 2.5% to 3% dividend yields, he said. European markets have probably gotten a bit ahead of themselves compared to developed Asia or the emerging markets, McKinney said.

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    Even amid massive central bank stimulus in Europe, which tends to lift stock markets, investors can still find values in the region, one analyst said. "The FTSE 250 mid-cap index keeps hitting record highs," said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at London-based CMC Markets. The FTSE 250 has returned 13.3% since the start of the year, compared to the larger-cap FTSE 100's 9% gain.

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    The U.S. has entered a second Gilded Age, according to a recent study by UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers, but don't expect it to last too long. The report analyzed 917 "self-made" billionaires who amassed a combined fortune of $3.6 trillion, primarily by advancing the Internet in various ways, revolutionizing finance and taking advantage of industrial and consumer booms throughout Asia.

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    Chipmaker Avago Technologies  capped a recent acquisition spree with the $37 billion purchase of Broadcom (BRCM), announced Thursday. The payout includes $17 billion in cash and $20 billion in equity. Avago CEO Hock Tan said the mega-deal would create "a global diversified leader in communications semiconductors" during a Thursday investor call. David Marcus contributed to this report. Read more from:

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    The developing soccer corruption scandal has done more than put top FIFA officials in hot water. On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment charging 14 people, including officials of the International Federation of Association Football, with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.

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    Beef prices, which have been rising steadily for over fourteen months, will begin to fall in the next several months, said Todd Simon, Senior Vice President at Omaha Steaks. The last year's price increases reflected decreased beef supply, but that's about to change.

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    Edison International (EIX) could change retirement savings. Supreme Court prescribed some fixes to the retirement-savings world recently, but the long-term side effects could have some workers thinking they've been given bad medicine. The basic idea here is a simple one that impacts all retirement savers: Workers should have access to the best fee structures available for their retirement plan.

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    Small businesses applying for federal disaster loans after Superstorm Sandy smashed into the East Coast in 2012 had to wait more than three months, on average, to get their money. It was far longer than many could afford. The lower interest rates may not matter that much. SOURCE: House Committee on Small Business report.

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    The company has trailed the broader stock market, but that may be about to change. For a guy who makes $37 million a year, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt sure has bad timing. On his watch, GE built up its mortgage-related finance business right before the credit bust.

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    A policy change is threatening to slow New York City's current luxury real estate boom -- but it's not the one you think. "Interest rates aren't the real immediate issue," said Michael Stern of JDS Development, one of the most active developers in the country. The 421-a tax abatement is a program widely used by New York City developers.

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     Volkswagen's Lamborghini brand is about to announce an agreement to build the new Urus SUV in Italy, underpinned by financial incentives from the Italian government of about 80 million euros and a commitment by the company to employ 500 workers for the project.

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    With some terrible results released by various retailers after April's weak consumer sales, it's tough to place a long bet here on close-out specialty retailer Big Lots (BIG), which is due to report fiscal first-quarter earnings Friday before the opening bell.

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    With Avago Technologies  announcing it will acquire Broadcom  in a $37 billion deal, we decided to look at other potential investments in the semiconductor industry. Semiconductors are found everywhere these days, from our phones to our cars to appliances. So what are the best semiconductor companies investors should be buying?

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    Toll Brothers (TOL), the largest U.S. luxury homebuilder, didn't report breathtaking fiscal second-quarter results Wednesday, but that doesn't mean its shares lack value. However, considering what we know, the more than 2% decline Toll Brother experienced Wednesday, when it closed at $36.16, was an overreaction. While the shares are up roughly 5% on the year, TOL trades at just 18 times earnings.