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  • Technical Analysis is the ultimate marriage of art and science, and there is one indicator above all others which embodies this principle; the Fibonacci retracement.

    It's named for one of the greatest mathematicians of the middle ages, Leonardo Fibonacci, who discovered a sequence of numbers whose proportionality is so powerful that it has been applied within art, architecture, nature and science for thousands of years. Fibonacci can be found in everything from the Mona Lisa’s smile, the great pyramids, the structure of Human DNA, and most importantly, the stock market.

    Yes, even the action of the market itself has for centuries adhered to the patterns of proportionality described in the Fibonacci sequence. Let’s take a look at the basics of the sequence so you can harness its powers and apply it to the stock market to make you a better trader.

    The Fibonacci sequence starts like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on, all the way to infinity.

    At first glance, that may look random, but

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  • This surprising stock was up 72% in 2013

    It's the world's largest cosmetics company. So why is it leaving the world's largest country? It may be a very smart move, says one strategist.

    The world's largest cosmetics company is leaving the world's most populous country.

    Revlon has announced that it will be closing its operations in mainland China. Revlon expects to save $11 million annually by leaving the People's Republic after the company takes a $22 million restructuring hit on its income statements. China was responsible for only 2% of the makeup giant's $1.4 billion annual revenues.

    Shareholders reacted positively to the news, with Revlon's stock up nearly 1.5% on the closing day of the year. For 2013, Revlon is up nearly 72%.

    (Read more: Cosmetics maker Revlon to exit China)

    CNBC contributor Gina Sanchez, founder of Chantico Global, believes this latest exit is part of its overall strategy.

    "I think this is consistent with several moves that they've made," says Sanchez. "They've made a number of changes over the last

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  • Why your first move in 2014 should be to sell: Strategists

    It's been a bull market since March 2009. Is now the time for a pullback?

    Have investors gotten too complacent?

    According to Business Insider, BTIG's Chief Global Strategist Dan Greenhaus notes that corporate bonds spreads above Treasury bonds are now as low as they were in 2007 (meaning more expensive), equity six-month target prices forecasted by many strategists have already been reached, and low-quality stocks are leading the market.

    CNBC contributor Gina Sanchez, founder of Chantico Global, cites indicators like the AAII Sentiment Survey as an example of market complacency. Last week's survey sentiment was 55% bullish versus 18.5% bearish. In mid-August, it was 29% bullish versus 43% bearish.

    (Read: Stocks end mixed, Dow at record and S&P on track for best year in 16)

    Sanchez also sees other indicators that maybe the market may have reached a peak for the time being.

    "If you look at where stock allocations are right now, it's up around 64%," says Sanchez. "It topped out at

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  • Target has a bigger problem than its security breach: Strategist

    Wall Street may be brushing aside Targets recently credit card debacle but it's not ignoring its overall performance, says one strategist.

    After the accounts of 40 million credit card users at Target were compromised, sales at the chain were down 3% to 4% on the final weekend before Christmas compared to the same time in 2012. However, the company's stock is up 0.7% in the last five days, though it's up only 5% for the year compared to the S&P 500 index's 29%.

    On CNBC's Street Signs' Talking Numbers segment, Chad Morganlander, portfolio manager at Washington Crossing Advisors, thinks the stock is a buy and that the recent crisis is not a huge issue for the stock, at least.

    (Watch: Can Target win back customers?)

    "I think that this is already baked into the stock price," says Morganlander, who sees revenue growth of 2% next year for Target. "This company is a value stock. We have this in our Rising Dividend portfolio."

    "It's consistently growing, consistently profitable, and

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  • Here’s why Twitter has a serious problem

    Twitter shot up last week only to plunge 20%. Is this a healthy pullback or perhaps sign of a bigger problem?

    Early last week, Twitter began taking off, only to drop down again on relatively little news. Was this a healthy pullback or the start of things to come for Twitter?

    Opening just above $60 on December 23, Twitter hit its record high of $74.73 the day after Christmas. But, after two analyst reports came out on Friday saying Twitter was overpriced, shares of the microblogging social site lost all of the week's gains. By Monday, shares were again slightly above $60.

    Macquarie Equities, in a report titled "Too Far, Too Fast", says, "We expect this to be among the shortest downgrade note you’ve ever read, as nothing fundamentally has changed since our Neutral initiation on Dec. 11, except that shares have risen 40%." Macquarie has a $46 price target on Twitter.

    Meanwhile, S&P Capital IQ reiterated its sell rating on the company, though it raised its 12-month price target from $30

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