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    The S&P 500 has declined over 6% in the last week, despite Wednesday's 4% rally. You get the idea -- we could be at the beginning of another global recession that rivals the Great Recession. Two familiar stocks did very well during the Great Recession and are market leaders that have paid increasing dividends for 39 and 42 consecutive years, respectively. Leader #1: Wal-Mart.

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    The former Deutsche Bank (DB) strategist who predicted a crash in emerging-market stocks as early as 2010 says there are further declines ahead as China faces a ``slow-motion'' financial crisis and banks in India, Russia, Brazil, Korea and Poland face growing loan losses.

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    Stocks rose impressively Wednesday during another roller-coaster session, led by the Nasdaq's 5% surge. The decision support engine warned before the market opened Wednesday that selling the CBOE Volatility Index and buying stocks were the best strategies, because the internals in Tuesday's selloff were less negative than in Monday's wipeout.

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    Wall Street thrives on churn. It’s important to remember that in a world of lightning-fast trading, there is always an “expert” on both sides of each buy and sell. For an individual investor, treading water in a market pool managed by machines, the challenge is to swim among the sharks when there’s blood in the water. Go with the flow and avoid a crash. Think of it this way.

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    The five major stock market averages have been sliding since the Nasdaq Composite set an all-time intraday high of 5,231.94 on July 20. China has a major influence on the U.S. economy and stock market, and investors in U.S. stocks could not have ignored the Shanghai Composite's open below its 200-day simple moving average at 3,662.24 on Aug. 21.

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    Journalists suffer from a plague of happy thoughts. Most traders and members of the general public imbibe the notion that journalists are on the prowl for doom and gloom. Journalists, they say, look for the worst.

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    Monday was an eerily similar day to the "Flash Crash" in May 2010. The Nasdaq climbed 4.25%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 619 points and the S&P 500 saw gains of nearly 4%. So is this the all-clear sign for investors to get long stocks?

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    For Thursday, TheStreet (TST) awaits the kickoff of the Federal Reserve's annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo. While Fed Chair Janet Yellen is not expected to attend, we'll be on the lookout for any clues about a potential interest-rate hike before the end of the year. On the economic calendar, at 8:30 a.m., the report on the nation's gross domestic product for the second quarter will be released.

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    Yin-Wong Cheung was taking a holiday in California from another uncomfortably warm August in Hong Kong, when the Chinese government tweaked the state currency, the renminbi. That pushed its value modestly lower, and unexpectedly toppled equity markets from Shanghai to London and New York. "China--or the fraction that pushed for such a move, underestimated the rippling effect," says Cheung, a foreign exchange specialist, and chairman of international economics at the City...

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    Investors may be too wrapped up in the oscillating U.S. stock market and the selloff in China to notice Puerto Rico's troubles, but the commonwealth's problems are worsening. Schultze said Detroit's recent return to the bond market with last week's $245 million offering is no reason to be sanguine about Puerto Rico's future.

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    First Solar  has been in the relatively young solar energy business since 1999. The stock has traded between a $39 low and $74 high over the past 52 weeks. First Solar (FSLR) should report its next quarterly earnings in early November. I prefer fundamentals over technicals when analyzing stocks, especially in this market environment. First Solar has a small float of only 74 million shares.

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    The S&P 500 has gone from flat for the year to down almost 8% in barely a week. Wiegand said the sharp drop in the Chinese stock market that triggered the selloff in U.S. stocks was more a sensitivity to potential problems in the Chinese economy than to Chinese equities. "The United States is in a little bit more insular position," said Wiegand.

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    Is this the end of the bull market or merely a correction? "I strongly believe this is just a correction," Jim Lebenthal of Lebenthal & Co. said on Wednesday with the S&P 500 up nearly 2%. On Thursday, revisions for second-quarter gross domestic product will be released, and Lebenthal said he's looking for growth of 3% for the second quarter and 2.5% for the third quarter.

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     Ford is signaling that it might build a new Ranger midsize truck in the U.S. if it can strike a bargain with the United Auto Workers union, with which it is in contract talks. Ford declined to say anything officially, given the sensitivity of the talks, though local and trade newspapers in Detroit said the automaker is considering its Wayne, Mich., assembly plan as the site of production.

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    If you have a long position in Campbell Soup (CPB), here are some options strategies that will pay off in coming sessions. An important event, the company's earnings report, is scheduled for next Thursday. First, a flip from resistance to support occurred at the end of June. First, a series of five recurring gaps were seen as the stock price fell below support.

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    China's slowdown is among international developments that may influence how soon and how much the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, New York Federal Reserve President Bill Dudley said Wednesday. "It's not just how we're performing today, it's all the things that affect the outlook beyond the next few months," he said in a news briefing at the Fed's New York branch in lower Manhattan.

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    NEW YORK — If Parade Magazine fell out of your Sunday paper—you know Parade, that 16-page shell-of-its-former-glory that makes grocery store circulars look like War and Peace—you would have seen “Millennials vs. You would have read about all the quirky things that make old people charming  and the things that make Millennials endearing.

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    I would describe the charts of Valeant Pharmaceuticals  as "textbook" bullish. This first chart also shows that VRX has had only relatively shallow corrections, which is very positive as investors are putting money to work on sideways to slightly lower dips. The second chart above is even better. The third chart above is a point and figure chart.