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    Sony  reported its highest first-quarter profits in eight years thanks to selfies. The process of taking a cellphone picture of yourself drove demand for smartphone camera image sensors. The image sensors have become a best seller, with clients including Apple , Samsung and Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, which all use cameras on both the front and the back of the phone.

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    The latest report on U.S. economic growth shows a continuation of not only the worst economic recovery since World War II, but also one of the worst six-year periods of economic growth since 1935. If the economy grows at 2.5% for all of 2015, it will rank as the 12th worst six-year period of real U.S. GDP growth out of 81 total observations since 1935.

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    Thinking about moving to Central America but worried about quality of health care or your personal safety? In reading the comments about an article I recently wrote about why North Americans are moving to Panama, Belize, or Nicaragua, I realized that people had the completely wrong impression about what it's like to live there, starting with commonly held beliefs that are just plain wrong.

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    With Microsoft (MSFT) recently launching Windows 10, we decided to check TheStreet Quant Ratings for stocks in the systems software subsector that would be good investments. Windows 10 is one of Microsoft's (MSFT) biggest updates in years. The upgrade is free for individual consumers, but the company will charge corporate enterprise users a fee.

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     Community banks anxious for a boost from a Federal Reserve rate hike should be prepared to wait. The initial interest-rate increase, which Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated will be this fall, is a small first step. The process will require time and experimentation, Christopher McGratty, an analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, said in an interview.

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    NEW YORK -- Amid a continuing decline in business during the past year, the metals and mining industry continues to be one of the market's worst-performing groups, losing more than 30% of its collective value in 2015, according to research firm Fidelity. Investors hoped for a steel recovery in 2015.

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    Sales of personal computers continue to plummet, and that's nothing new. While Seagate (STX), which competes with Western Digital (WDC), is diversifying its business to grow its enterprise customer base, the pace of the company's transition doesn't suggest there's near-term value in the stock, which is down some 26% on the year and down 17% in the past twelve months.

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    Trying to predict the direction oil prices will head next has become a fool's game. With shares down 10% on the year and 20% in the past twelve months, there's too much value here to ignore, especially with the stock trading near its 52-week low. This means Exxon is priced at considerable discounts both in the near term and long term.

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    6 reasons why the energy sector is no bargain. About a month ago, some traders were trumpeting that the worst was over for oil. Prices normalized around $60 after a snap-back in spring, with energy seemingly on solid footing once more as we neared the end of the second quarter.

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    Major integrated oil & gas companies Chevron (CVX) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) set multiyear intraday lows on Monday, down 34.3% and 24.6%, respectively, from all-time intraday highs set almost exactly a year ago. Both energy giants, which report earnings Friday, are components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and are among the six Dow stocks categorized as "Dogs of the Dow."

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    After a string of five straight down days, the S&P 500 continued a two-day winning streak Wednesday, up 2%. Although Twitter was in the spotlight during the session, its shares falling 14.5%, attention soon turned to Facebook (FB) earnings, reported after the close. Despite beating on earnings and revenue estimates, shares fell over 3% in late trading.

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    Don't even think about a September rate hike. "The Committee was very clear that they've recognized the under performance of the economy, talking about household spending still being very moderate and inflation still well below target," she said.

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    Whole Foods Market  will be a stock to watch Thursday after the natural and organic foods company dropped sharply in late trading after releasing third-quarter earnings. Shares closed Wednesday trading at $40.82 but have dropped nearly 11% after hours. For the third quarter, the company posted a profit of 43 cents a share, missing Wall Street estimates by 2 cents.

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    Shares of Citrix Systems  topped the S&P 500 on Wednesday with an 8% gain, making it TheStreet's Move of the Day. Shares rose after the company announced a cooperation agreement on Tuesday with activist investment firm Elliott Management, which already has a 7.5% stake in the company. Jesse Cohn, head of U.S. equity activism at Elliott, will be joining the Citrix (CTXS) board, replacing Asiff Hirji.

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    Allstate (ALL)  has been selling various forms of insurance since 1931. ALL has traded between $57 and $73 over the past 52 weeks. Technically, I read ALL's one-year stochastic pattern and Relative Strength Index pattern as being bullish with potential for further upside improvement. ALL has the characteristics that I look for in an options trade that I label as being a "shooter."