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    Oil is poised to rise, and when it does, high-quality companies will benefit the most. No one said oil prices would go straight up from lows reached in the first quarter. But that's not necessarily bad news for energy-sector investors.

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    Going against the grain as an investor can sometimes be rewarding -- if you've placed a bet on the right stock. Although Deere & Co. (DE), the largest maker of farm equipment in the U.S., has become an unloved name, now's not the time to run towards trouble on the idea that the market has gotten this story wrong. There's no question that Deere -- at around $89 per share -- looks incredibly cheap.

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    "Refracking" is an extension of the horizontal drilling "fracking" techniques that have revitalized oil production here in the United States. Fracking is the process where water and chemicals are sent into new wells that have been drilled horizontally, designed to tease oil and gas out from between the rock formations where it hides.

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    The technology giant Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ)  diverse products and services make achieving better-than-expected earnings a juggling act. This dual tug-of-war between fundamental opinions and mixed technical patterns will be won with a positive or negative reaction to earnings. Jim Cramer believes that the details of splitting the company into two companies could trump earnings.

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    Shares of video game maker Take-Two Interactive  rose 0.76% to $27.86 in early morning trading Thursday after CEO Strauss Zelnick appeared on Jim Cramer's Mad Money show on CNBC. Take-Two delivered earnings of 49 cents a share on Tuesday, which beat the consensus estimate of 27 cents a share by 22 cents. Zelnick told Cramer that Take-Two is not just a drive by its hits.

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    First-quarter results for big-box retailers have been mixed as consumers remain picky about spending their dollars, but there has been one bright spot: pricey home appliances. Sales of products such as basic dishwashers, refrigerators and new smart appliances that help conserve energy suggest the U.S. housing recovery remains firmly on track.

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    Which stocks did big hedge fund managers scoop up in the first quarter? Health care stocks, apparently. Following health care stocks, hedge fund managers put $1.47 billion investing dollars into the industrial sector as well as $1.13 billion into energy stocks, despite the oil price slump. Check out the five stocks with the biggest investment by hedge fund managers.

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    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) recently announced it will file for regulatory approval to start developing ten new drugs with big potential by 2019. So what are the best pharmaceutical companies investors should be buying? TheStreet Ratings projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends.

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    With college graduation nearing, an estimated 24% of students wrongly assume their student loan debt will be forgiven, according to a recent Junior Achievement study. Read More:11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty. "Everyone wants financial literacy to be taught in the schools, but less than 20% of teachers are comfortable with the subject," Schuyler said.

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    Warren Buffett's biggest maneuver in the first quarter of the year was, without a doubt, investing $10 billion alongside 3G Capital to orchestrate the merger of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT), Another of major move for Buffett? Buffett is not the only billionaire investor to have made a move that some might find surprising in the first quarter of 2015.

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     . Conventional investment wisdom warns to never put your eggs in one basket and tells you that a broadly diversified portfolio is the right thing to do. Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 2 p.m. on Real Money on May 20, 2015. At the time of publication, Sham Gad had a long position in BRK.B.

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    Misinformation blurs the fact that it's the best retirement vehicle for most people. Recently we've seen some headline-grabbing claims that people shouldn't invest in their 401 s. I won't link directly to these specious pieces or name the authors, because it would give them the publicity they crave, but their arguments are familiar: Your money is tied up for decades, you may be taxed at a higher rate when you withdraw it, you have high fees and poor investment choices, and you'd be...

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    David Steinberg isn't coy about his company's future.He asserts that Zeta Interactive's recent growth and large and client list make the firm a logical candidate for an IPO.

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    Benioff learned rival-bashing from the master. SAN FRANCISCO-- Investors who might have been hoping for a clue as to whether Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) is engaged in any merger discussions were at least pleasantly surprised by upbeat quarterly results, even as they may have had difficulty reading the tea leaves for M&A. In recent weeks, the cloud-computing company has seen its stock soar on rumors that the company was in talks to be acquired.

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    Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack's (PBY) real estate is likely key to a potential sale. The automotive repair and parts retailer's stock closed up over 16% Wednesday after the Wall Street Journal reported that private equity firms, namely San Francisco-based Golden Gate Capital, had "expressed interest" in acquiring the Philadelphia company.

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     . The market had a lot of financial news to digest on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its April meeting, which made a June rate hike seem less likely. Trading was choppy throughout the day, and the S&P 500 closed slightly down at 2,125.85 after reaching an intraday high following the release of the Fed minutes.

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     . When it comes to saving for retirement, many people really want to be able to just "set it and forget it," which is why target-date funds are rapidly becoming a favorite choice for American investors. "Within our 401, almost 74% of participants are using them, they're the most popular option," says Jerome Clark, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Retirement Funds.