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    Nike's (NKE) decision to scrap its Fuelband wearable device came as a shock to all tech enthusiasts, including yours truly. I personally took this as shocking news as it was about one month ago that I chatted with the Nike Fuelband team. WATCH: More videos from Brian Sozzi on TheStreet TV.

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    The earnings floodgate opens today -- this week there is deluge of earnings reports. When we profile stocks pre-earnings, we include two "Crunching the Numbers" tables. Let's start with individual profiles then get into the tables that follow. Harley Davidson (HOG): Analysts expect the maker of iconic motorcycles to report earnings per share of $1.08 before the opening bell on April 22.

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    If you have been trading the markets the last couple of months you have probably recognized that something doesn't seem right. Underneath the Surface: We have recently had multiple distribution days, but no recent accumulation days so one could speculate that the rallies on lighter volume are being used by large institutions to sell into. So What's Next?

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    Although Intel's  first-quarter results demonstrate that the chip giant still depends on its slowing PC business for much of its revenue, the company's stock may be a diamond in the rough, given that Intel (INTC) could become a leader in the potentially high-growth area of wearable technology.

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    Biofuels are being hit today by two studies questioning the industry's viability as a way to fight climate change. First, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team has concluded that corn stover -- what's left over in fields after corn is harvested -- may be a worse fuel than gasoline in terms of carbon emissions.

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    NEW YORK  -- Introducing the new Ford Interceptor: Consider this scenario. However, unlike in yesteryear when cops would approach wrongdoers with wimpy looking cars that looked like they could be outrun, many police departments are wielding a secret weapon in 2014, a true beast on four wheels: the Ford Interceptor.

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    Outside of TheStreet's Brian Sozzi, very few retail analysts have anything insightful or otherwise interesting to say about the space. However, I've always enjoyed reading Robin Lewis, who publishes The Robin Report. It's a win-win for both Jeff "Get Big Fast" Bezos and Eddie "Take the Money and Run" Lampert. First, Amazon's (AMZN) not a physical retailer.

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    Volatility reigned supreme again last week, and many stocks look to have put lows in now, just as earnings season is really heating up. We're still mostly in a cash position with a few trades here and there, but we should be able to pick up quite a few stocks this coming week with so many lows now in. As for the precious metals, the situation isn't so great.

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    More than five years after the financial crisis, the average American is still wary of the stock market, according to a survey released Monday. The survey of over 1,000 households by Bankrate.com showed that 73% are "not more inclined to invest in stocks." It was the third year in a row that individual investors expressed a negative view of the stock market.

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    Pursuant to Tuesday's Why We Don't Quit Cable TV, I crunched some numbers,.. What I pay now for television versus what I would pay if I cut the cord. Because of my job, it's not a parallel comparison. My most recent monthly bill came to $180. If I cut the cord, I would likely subscribe to Hulu, NHL Game Center and MLB Baseball At-Bat Premium.

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    China's cyberspace nannies handed Weibo (WB) an unintentional gift in the form of a pornography crackdown Friday, one day after the mainland's Twitter-like service debuted on Nasdaq. Weibo (WB) postings jumped thanks to a thread debating the pros and cons of the latest campaign against online lewdness launched by the government's Ministry of Public Security.

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    An iPhone price increase, sub-$1,000 laptops and iWatch rumblings provide plenty of exciting fodder for Apple (AAPL) shareholders and potential investors to visualize renewed growth.But the market isn't buying it. Investors are taking money off the table ahead of next week's earnings, Wednesday after the close. Two weeks ago, Microsoft's (MSFT) stock reached yet another 52-week high.

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    Dr. Robert Shiller's acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in economics focused on "speculative asset prices." From the podium in Stockholm, Shiller's remarks touched on how the market is influenced more by investor psychology than economic fundamentals. Enter, stage right: Toyota (TM) and General Motors (GM), Toyota (TM) is the world's biggest automaker by sales and production.

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    Rumors abound that Amazon.com (AMZN) will come out with its own smartphone. Because modern smartphones help a particular tech giant pry into a customer's preferences and habits, it's important to create a desirable public image for the company and an attractive environment on the smartphone. In contrast, consider that we don't really have too much allegiance to particular hardware.

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     The S&P 500 eked out a 0.14% gain on Friday, extending its winning streak to four consecutive sessions. On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, pointed out the big reversal in the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) on Thursday, signaling bond yields may be headed higher.