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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.

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    On CNBC's "Cramer's Stop Trading" segment, TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, looked at shares of Goodrich Petroleum, . The stock is soaring on Monday after the company announced the completion of a well at its Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, based in Louisiana.

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    Citigroup  finally gave bullish investors something to cheer at the start of trading Monday. The too-big-to-fail bank reported first quarter 2014 sales and earnings before the open. But most investors on StockTwits.com remained bearish on Citi. Citi's core business was terrible this quarter, but it 'beat' by pulling from the loss reserves cookie jar.

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    It's still early in first-quarter earnings season, but it looks like companies that beat analysts' earnings estimates and spike higher are going to have a hard time holding on to those gains. For example, Wells Fargo (WFC) beat EPS estimates before the opening bell Friday and initially traded higher but later faded to its 50-day simple moving average.

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     IBM  reports earnings this week and TheStreet's Jim Cramer believes this will be a key item to watch, particularly because of the recent rotation into value stocks. Cramer says this report is important because this is the lowest valuation of IBM (IBM) that he has ever seen in 35 years. Another reason to watch this upcoming earnings report is that Warren Buffett has bought so much stake in the company.

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    Mystery solved: The weather did it. Today's retail sales report should resolve any lingering doubt that the economic lull during the last few months was mostly about the bitter winter cold in the Northeast, Midwest and even parts of the South.

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    WASHINGTON-- The impasse in the U.S. Congress over extra powers and money for the International Monetary Fund may go down as one of the more costly mistakes in the 70- year-old history of the institution at the center of world finance. The stand-off with the U.S. has caused great bitterness and frustration among important emerging market economies, led by China and India.

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    The eurozone speaks softly to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it carries a big stick in the form of the euro. Europe now plans to deploy that stick by printing more euros. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is warning that the ECB will soon try to head off deflation with "further stimulus," more monetary easing aimed at cutting the euro's value relative to the dollar.

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    Most investors make a bad decision the minute they pick a mutual fund. The key to successful fund investing, therefore, becomes not turning that one bad decision into a multitude of mistakes. The problem here isn't funds, however, so much as human nature, but since a prominent study shows that basic investor behaviors aren't changing, it's time that fund investors figured out how to make the best of their bad thoughts.

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    Update: Updated with Monday market open information.  M&T Bank  reported its first-quarter earnings on Monday before the market opened and noted earnings per share in line with analysts' estimates. The bank reported diluted earnings per share of $1.61, in line with estimate from analysts opinion data from Thomson Financial (TRI) network. The stock was up 2.29% to $120.93 at 9:48 a.m. on Monday.

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    Investors searched for safe-havens Monday morning before the market open. $T $VZ $BCE $CTL Petroglyphs to iPhones. The multiples for AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are certainly considerably lower than those of other tech communication companies. AT&T (T) has a price to estimated 2015 earnings of 12.48, according to stats on Yahoo!

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    China is slamming Microsoft (MSFT) for its withdrawal of support for Windows XP, a move that leaves about 200 million users open to PC viruses, and the American software giant has responded by restoring a measure of support.

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    A wild, wild week for major U.S. markets and many leading stocks. If all goes well this week, we may see another low come in late Monday. My focus is to find the fastest-moving stocks that have fallen hard recently, since they will have the largest and quickest bounces. There is large money to be made here, but you've got to be quick and not overstay your welcome.

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    Most investors are shooting themselves in the foot, but a few reforms could help stop the bleeding. The longest-running, leading study of investor behavior was released for 2014 this week, and the key conclusion is easy to see: We're doomed. This is not a call on the market or some forecast for a crash.

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    Phillip Bazemore is a Mac kind of guy. Combine that with his entrepreneurial instinct and his tech skills, and it's pretty much guaranteed he will be developing a commercial app one day for a product by Apple (AAPL), That's why he was one of 632 "creators" presenting at the five-day One Spark Festival that ended Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla.

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    A falling market doesn't have to mean a falling portfolio value. I was recently asked how someone with a self-directed Individual Retirement Account can short the market. Wall Street created a solution for investors who want to hedge against or even profit during a falling market and it's called inverse/short/bear exchange-traded funds.

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    Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is known for his accurate stock market calls and keen insights into the economy, which he shares with RealMoney Pro readers in his daily trading diary. Among the posts this past week were items about Apple (AAPL) and risks ahead. Please click here for information about subscribing to RealMoney Pro. Sold Out of Apple.

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    UPDATE: I posted this article over the weekend.  For context, see last week's Potentially Disappointing News For Yahoo!, which David Carr regurgitated Monday, while dropping names and reminding us how long he has been covering media, in The New York Times (NYT). I just believe, from a business perspective, it's an absolute no-brainer for Yahoo!