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    In the wake of an absolutely stellar performance last year, thus far in 2014 we are hearing a lot about what's not working for investors, both professional and retail. AMJ data by YChartsIt's not always easy to stay diversified -- to maintain allocations to these interest-rate-sensitive assets seemed a fool's errand last year.

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    Airline travel and SUV sales are propping up flagging oil demand in China, which according to a new forecast will increase a mere 0.3% year-on-year in 2014 after rising 2.9% last year.

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    After a late afternoon selloff the S&P 500 was able to bounce higher, closing up 0.82%. . On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Karen Finerman, president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, said Citigroup's (C) earnings report was much better than expected. Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, is also long Citigroup (C) due to its low valuation.

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    Adverse currency moves weighed on first-quarter sales at Roche Holding AG (RHHVF), which fell 1 percent, despite a healthy uptake of its new cancer medicines. The world's largest maker of cancer drugs said first quarter sales were 11.5 billion Swiss francs, slightly below the average analyst forecast of 11.89 billion in a Reuters poll.

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    Be honest. But, if you're always looking for a good deal, or like the word "Free" -- Tax Day isn't all bad. For years now, companies jump on every holiday and notable day marked on your calendar from St. Patrick's Day to National Ice Cream Day and now Tax Day.

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    U.S. stocks on Monday fumbled around like a frat boy after last call, seeking a solid foundation to rest and reassess the situation before continuing the walk-of-shame home. Stocks spent the first half of the day holding tepid gains before testing participants' resolve with a late day test of intraday lows, followed by an impressive snapback closer toward the days' highs.

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    The indexes had a gap-up open on Monday and finished near the highs of the day. The DJIA closed up 146.49 points at 16173.24 and the S&P 500 closed up 14.92 at 1830.61. The Nasdaq gained 22.96 to 4022.49 after being lower and the Russell 2000 gained 3.92 to 1115.35 after being in the red as well this afternoon.

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    Just in time for date night Friday, the finance/tech world news learned IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought back $500 million -- or a 10% stake -- of Tinder. For the uninitiated, Tinder is a mobile dating app that uses Facebook (FB) profiles and location tracking to match people. Tinder isn't IAC's first foray into the online dating world.

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    When consumers and investors think of Disney (DIS), they naturally see the company's vast theme parks and media assets, which bring in billions of dollars annually. Disney Infinity, released in August of 2013, is the new winner for Disney's Interactive business segment. The results for Disney (DIS) have been stellar and the company isn't stopping.

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    Innovation comes in many shapes and sizes in today's more digitally linked society and that has massive implications for the energy sector. While GameChanger was created in 1996, the growing influence of crowdsourcing on product development coupled with the global move to greatly improve energy efficiency is helping Shell build on a 10% success rate of turning outside ideas into reality.

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    There are no conceivable ways a Herbalife (HLF) investor may claim Friday's selloff was unexpected absent a lack of proper due diligence or honesty. Any remaining doubt that puppet masters were pulling strings in symphony quickly dissipated upon further reports that federal law enforcement agencies were investigating the company.

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    Flat. That is how I am positioned over the weekend. Quick one to two-day trades make the most sense until a clear trend presents itself. Last week in my piece "This Is Not Your 2013 Snapback Market Anymore," I wrote: To simplify, the path of least resistance right now is down.

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    Occidental Petroleum (OXY) is looking to sell about 40% of its assets in the Middle East and North Africa, perhaps in the hope that a sale will help lift its stock, the way asset sales boosted the stock of Apache, another U.S.-based energy company. Apache's officials have repeatedly said that the unrest in Egypt hasn't hurt the company's operations.

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    Innovation has been the name of the game for Google (GOOG) and a report in the Wall Street Journal shows how the Internet services giant is trying to help brick-and-mortar stores at the mall interact with on-line searches and purchases. The question today is whether or not this development can help Google (GOOG) shares recover from its popping of its price bubble?

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    Amazon.com's (AMZN) push to compete in the hardware market could be making its next stop in smartphones. Amazon (AMZN) is said to be showing off prototypes of a handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Sources close to Amazon (AMZN) said the company wants to distinguish its new phone from other smartphones currently on the market, the report also said.