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    The battle for dollars in the brutally competitive fast-food business is heating up this summer, as exemplified by the arrival of several over-the-top new products. Many of the new menu items are mashups of two or more foods that are typically sold on their own. One example of the fast food mashup was drive-in restaurant Sonic's  chocolate jalapeño shake that it introduced in the summer 2014.

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    ConAgra Foods   will report fourth-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings results Tuesday before the opening bell. But feeding profit-hungry investors has been a challenge, prompting activist investor Barry Rosenstein, hedge fund manager at Jana Partners, to take a new 7.2% stake in ConAgra stock.

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    It would be a gross understatement to say Apollo Education (APOL), the for-profit education company behind the University of Phoenix, has disappointed its shareholders in 2015. With shares already down some 51% in the first six months of the year, against a small, 2.6% gain for the broader market, Apollo has been one of 2015's worst performers in the S&P 500 index.

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    Netflix (NFLX) has been in the news big-time lately, most notably because of its pending 7- for-1 stock split. It's worth reiterating what many commentators have noted-- the Netflix (NFLX) split "means next to nothing." The move amounts to divvying up a pizza into 42 slices instead of six-- it neither changes the total amount of pizza you have, nor the quality of that pizza.

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    NEW YORK — Gary Miller is happy that his company automatically deducts money from his paycheck for his retirement account."I don’t have to manually transfer any money to my 401 plan," said the Riverdale, New York-based, network engineer. Read More: 11 Safe High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Times of Volatility and Uncertainty.

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    Schnitzer Steel, one of the largest steel producers in the U.S., will report third-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings results Tuesday before the opening bell. The metals and mining industry was one of the worst-performing groups in the entire market in 2014, losing more than 14%, according to Fidelity.

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    Nike's (NKE) fourth-quarter earnings exceeded expectations and the sportswear giant expects future revenue from a couple of its exclusive deals. Nike (NKE) said after the bell on Thursday it earned 90 cents, smashing expectations of 83 cents. Nike (NKE) has great revenue expectations from its exclusive partnership with the National Basketball Association and sponsorship presence at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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    Shares of Tenet Healthcare  got a big boost Thursday thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tenet closed up 12.3% to $56.21. The stock, along with other health care company stocks, jumped on the Supreme Court ruling that the federal government can continue issuing subsidies to Americans through the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare."

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    Could gold, the world's longest running currency be used to create a new order in global currencies? This move, says Ken Hoffman, global head of metals and mining research for Bloomberg Intelligence, would be a "game changer." Why would China consider such a move? This article is commentary by an independent contributor.

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    By a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday on Obamacare handed President Obama a victory, and gave investors an opportunity in the health care space. Health care stocks surged on the news, and may move higher still, according to Jim Cramer, portfolio manager of Action Alerts PLUS.

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    MLB Advanced Media, the technology division of Major League Baseball, is reportedly considering an initial public offering. Robert Bowman, president of business and media for MLB, has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Evercore Partners (EVR) to explore options for going public, according to sources cited by the New York Post.

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    Health care stocks are soaring today, after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare.With the abundance of mergers and acquisitions in the sector, we had a feeling the Supreme Court would hand President Obama one of his greatest accomplishments as commander-in-chief. A week ago, we recommended these health insurance companies: MetLife, Inc., Torchmark Corporation, and Lincoln National Corp...

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    It's been awhile since I've had any confidence in Deere & Co. , And I'll admit, I'm still not 100% sold on this one, but the price action is keeping me intrigued here and beckoning to me to take note. Deere is green on the year, but if we look back over the last 12 months, I'd say the stock has been uninspiring.

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    The future looks bright for health care stocks, according to one investment manager. "Health care is no longer a defensive sector, it's actually a growth sector," said Mary Ann Bartels, chief investment officer of portfolio solutions at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.