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    Looking for smart momentum investments? Here are three biotech and pharmaceuticals stocks and one software company to watch today that have strong potential to accelerate higher. GLOB data by YCharts. 1. Globant . Globant (GLOB) has popped out of a multi-week falling wedge, breaking out for the third time since late March as it stair-steps up its rising channel. OPK data by YCharts.

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    Shares of AT&T (T) are gaining 1% to $34.97 in Thursday's midday trading following the announcement of the company's latest strategy to expand its markets to Mexico. The company is planning to create the first seamless network within the U.S. and Mexico and become a leader in the industry, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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    Market research firm Gartner Inc (IT) estimated 7.3 million Chromebooks would be sold this year, helped mainly by demand from the education industry. Chromebooks are computers powered by Google Inc's Chrome Operating System, designed to be used primarily online. Gartner (IT) said its sales estimate was an increase of 27 percent from 2014, when the education industry accounted for 72 percent of sales.

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    If there were any expectations that Apple's (AAPL)  iPhone sales would be slowing down anytime soon, they can be put firmly on hold. Morgan Stanley (MS) analyst Katy Huberty said that iPhone demand is ahead of expectations, indicating there's demand for 53 million units this quarter. Jim Cramer's charitable trust Action Alerts PLUS is long Apple.

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    Don't misuse your customers' personal information.That's the warning federal regulators are sending to Internet providers such as Comcast (CMCSA) and Verizon (VZ), in a reminder that they and other broadband companies are now bound by some of the strictest privacy regulations on the books.The notice stems from the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality policy. Drawing from the same law that regulates legacy phone service, net neutrality prohibits the sharing of your subscriber records with third parties unless you give explicit permission to your carrier.At a time when customer data has become the way many Internet businesses make a living, these rules represent a significant check on Internet providers — many of which also dream of selling content online."The Commission has found that absent privacy protections, a broadband provider’s use of personal and proprietary information could be at odds with its customers’ interests," said the FCC in its advisory Wednesday.Although the FCC hasn't revealed many specifics on how the privacy rule will be enforced on Internet providers, it's encouraging them to come forward with any questions they might have — a move that will be viewed as a sign of good faith, according to the agency.One question that immediately jumps to mind is this: How will the FCC view a program such as AT&T's GigaPower Internet Preferences? The service offers you a discount on the company's fastest Internet plans so that AT&T (T) can monitor your browsing activity and, in turn, serve you targeted advertising.If you're signing up for Internet Preferences, you're opting-in to this tracking. Perhaps in doing so, you've given AT&T (T) your permission to share your customer data. But many consumers may unknowingly sign up for Internet Preferences simply because it reflects, as AT&T (T) puts it, the "best pricing." In which case, can you really say permission was granted?It's enforcement questions like these that will ultimately determine how strong the government's net neutrality rules really are.




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    Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) is facing many of the same challenges as other big corporate technology vendors. It's struggling to re-invent itself in the age of cloud computing and fighting a new generation of nimble enterprise-technology companies. But for H-P, there's an added challenge: The company is in the middle of the largest corporate split in history.

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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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    Morgan Stanley said Thursday that its smartphone tracker is indicating stronger-than-expected demand for Apple Inc.' s iPhone in the current quarter, driven by emerging markets and especially China. The tracker, which compiles sell-through data using web search analysis, is indicating demand of 53 million units, above Morgan Stanley's revised estimate of 50 million. "Importantly, demand continues to top expectations despite Apple (AAPL) approaching the end of the current product...

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    Best Buy Co Inc (BBY), the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, helped by strong demand for large-screen TVs, smartphones and appliances. The net income attributable to Best Buy's (BBY) shareholders fell to $129 million, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter ended May 2 from $461 million, or $1.31 per share, a year earlier.

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    Chinese computer maker Lenovo has a track record of posting good results even when conditions are tough. The question is whether it can keep this up beyond its comfort zone of personal computers. Lenovo on Thursday said revenue in the three months to March rose 21% from a year earlier, disappointing analysts who were looking for a 28% gain.

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    Deutsche Telkom will consider any partner that can improve profitability of its U.S. operations, its chief executive told the company's annual shareholders meeting. Chief Executive Tim Hoettges said on Thursday that T-Mobile US (TMUS), of which Deutsche Telekom owns 66 percent, was in much better shape than two years ago. "But it is our duty to go on improving the return on T-Mobile US.

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    Buyer is expected to pay $2.3 billion for majority control of H3C Technologies. Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) plans to unveil sweeping changes to its business in China, including the sale of a majority stake in its data-networking operation there, after revelations of U.S. spying curtailed Chinese demand for U.S. technology products. H-P is expected to announce Thursday that Tsinghua Holdings, which is affiliated with the prestigious Tsinghua University, will buy 51% of a newly created...

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    The following factors could affect Italian markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. For a complete list of diary events in Italy please click on . ECONOMY. ISTAT releases April wage inflation data.

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    Kingsoft Corp. is generating excitement thanks to links to up-and-coming Chinese mobile-phone producer Xiaomi. But a weak near-term outlook calls into question its royal valuation. Kingsoft's (KSFTF) chairman and biggest shareholder is Lei Jun, the famous founder of Xiaomi, which is currently running neck- and-neck with Apple (AAPL) as the top smartphone seller in China, according to research firm Canalys.