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The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best one yet

I have had a rocky relationship with the Apple Watch. When Apple’s first wearable was released in 2014, I was skeptical but willing to give it a whirl. I bought one and enjoyed it for a few months, but then it started to affect my mental health in ways I never expected. So I stopped…

  • Top Stocks Warren Buffett Just Sold
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    Top Stocks Warren Buffett Just Sold

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) has been busy. In addition to swooping in and buying bundles of bank stocks, Buffett sold some of Berkshire's longtime holdings in the third quarter. Since Berkshire Hathaway manages a portfolio worth more than $200 billion, and it tends to be among the biggest owners of the stocks it purchases, knowing what stocks it's selling is important.

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    Why hasn't the $1.5 billion Mega Millions winner claimed the prize?

    Three weeks after someone hit the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in history, the winner has still not stepped forward to claim their prize, according to South Carolina lottery officials – and there might be a strategy behind the move. “I’m actually not surprised at all that it’s taking them some time to claim the prize,” Michael A. Silver, a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, said on Wednesday. The winning ticket, which was sold in a KC Mart in the South Carolina town of Simpsonville, is worth about $1.5 billion in annual installments over three decades, or an $877 million lump-sum cash package.

  • A Market Crash Is Inevitable -- Here's What to Do
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    A Market Crash Is Inevitable -- Here's What to Do

    If you're a stock investor, you probably think about market crashes from time to time, and there's a good chance that you dread them. The reason a stock market crash is virtually inevitable is that so far in our market's history, there have been always been crashes every now and then. You can also see that while the stock market's average annual gain over many decades has approached 10%, that's rarely near the actual return of any particular year.

  • It’s Official: The 2019 Standard Deduction Is Getting Even Larger
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    It’s Official: The 2019 Standard Deduction Is Getting Even Larger

    The standard deduction nearly doubled in 2018 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Although the personal exemption was eliminated, the combination of the higher standard deduction and the increased Child Tax Credit resulted in significant tax savings for many American families. Well, the IRS just announced its inflation-related adjustments for the 2019 tax year, and the standard deduction is going up a bit more.

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    This Energy Stock Is a Well-Oiled Dividend Machine

    has top-tier assets, with a huge presence in the oil-rich Permian Basin. With low operating costs, the company can support its growth plans and sustain its dividend, even with these low oil prices. Occidental has a high dividend yield of around 4.4% and a long history of annual dividend increases.

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    Survey: Wealthy investors think the bull market is coming to an end, but they don't blame politics

    Investors with at least $1 million invested in a brokerage account aren't making major changes in their portfolios after the midterm elections. Investors think the end of the record bull run is almost here — but they aren't blaming the change of power in Congress. More millionaires expect volatility to remain the same (47 percent) or increase (44 percent), according to a survey conducted by E-Trade Financial ETFC between Nov. 7 and Nov. 12 among 900 investors who trade their own accounts (the results for the more than 100 millionaires included in this survey are provided exclusively to CNBC).

  • Best Big Marijuana Stock: Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, or Tilray?
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    Best Big Marijuana Stock: Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, or Tilray?

    There are distinct categories for Canadian marijuana stocks when it comes to market cap. Most of these stocks have market caps of well under $1 billion. A few are between $1 billion and $5 billion. But only three claim market caps greater than $5 billion

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    How to Play Semiconductors Amid Nvidia's Crash, Cycle Pressure

    Nvidia shares dropped 19% to $164.43 to end the day. "Last quarter [CEO Jensen Huang] said 'we are masters at managing our channel', which turned out not be the case," Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon told Real Money. For one, Nvidia's high price to earnings ratio makes it somewhat prohibitive compared to peers like Intel Corp.

  • Could Bank of America Corporation Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?
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    Could Bank of America Corporation Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the banking industry was persona non grata with the public, blamed -- and not unfairly so -- for playing a role in causing what would be the worst global recession in 80 years. In the half-decade following America's slow climb out of the depths of the crisis, no other American bank would pay more in fines, lawsuit settlements, or court penalties than Bank of America, which has paid more than $90 billion in damages and fines over the past decade. How bad of a bad actor was BofA?

  • Cramer: Don't buy shares of Nvidia—the chipmaker is in th...
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    Cramer: Don't buy shares of Nvidia—the chipmaker is in th...

    Jim Cramer tells investors to steer clear of Nvidia's stock as it hovers near its 52-week lows.

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    Thinking about retiring? These states don't have an income tax

    Recent studies have found that Americans are becoming increasingly concerned that they will outlive their savings, with more than 30 percent of Americans expecting that they will need more than $1 million in retirement, according to NerdWallet. For those looking to maximize their retirement income by minimizing their taxes, here are the seven states without an individual income tax. Despite its cold climate, Alaska offers some of the best benefits and services to retirees.

  • Better Buy: Celgene Corporation vs. Merck & Co.
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    Better Buy: Celgene Corporation vs. Merck & Co.

    My apologies to Robert Frost for butchering his famous poem "The Road Not Taken." But Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) and Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) certainly are two drug stocks headed in different directions. Celgene is down more than 30% so far in 2018, while Merck is up more than 30% year to date. If you look at Celgene's financial performance, it might make you wonder why there's been such negativity about the stock.

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    Barron's Picks And Pans: Apple, Amgen, TreeHouse Foods And More

    This weekend's Barron's looks at some retailers that could be poised to thrive this holiday season. Other featured articles offer where to find bargains in energy stocks and selections from a noted stock picker.

  • Like Dividends? I Bet You'll Love These 2 Stocks
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    Like Dividends? I Bet You'll Love These 2 Stocks

    Two that stand out today are ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS). Exxon is one of the world's largest integrated oil majors, with operations that span the industry from drilling for oil and gas to processing it into refined products and chemicals. This diversification helps to smooth results over time in the volatile oil space, since falling oil prices are generally a net benefit to the company's downstream refining and chemicals businesses.

  • Is Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) A Good Stock To Buy Now?
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    Is Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) A Good Stock To Buy Now?

    Based on the fact that hedge funds have collectively under-performed the market for several years, it would be easy to assume that their stock picks simply aren't very good. This year hedge funds' top 30 stock picks at the end of September easily bested the broader market, at 6.7% compared to 2.6%, despite there being a few duds in there like Facebook (even their collective wisdom isn't perfect). Is Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) a good stock to buy now?

  • Cramer's lightning round: Don't buy shares of Target unti...
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    Cramer's lightning round: Don't buy shares of Target unti...

    Jim Cramer advises callers' on their favorite stocks at lightning speed, including a retail play under pressure.

  • Why Did Berkshire Hathaway Buy JPMorgan Chase Stock?
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    Why Did Berkshire Hathaway Buy JPMorgan Chase Stock?

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) surprised investors by revealing that it had invested billions of dollars in bank stocks during the third quarter -- including a brand new $4 billion position in JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM). To be perfectly clear, we don't know for sure why Buffett decided to invest in JPMorgan Chase, and it's likely that we'll never get the specifics. As I mentioned, Buffett and his team invested billions in bank stocks during the third quarter.

  • 2 Reasons Pot Stocks Could Plunge in January
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    2 Reasons Pot Stocks Could Plunge in January

    With just a little over six weeks left in 2018, investors will likely look back and proclaim this the "Year of Cannabis." So far this year we've witnessed Canada become the first industrialized country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, and observed two additional U.S. states approve medical cannabis in midterm elections less than two weeks ago. Beyond just legalization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its very first cannabis-derived drug, and we've seen no shortage of Canadian-listed pot stocks making the move from the over-the-counter exchange to reputable U.S. exchanges (i.e., the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange). With so many milestones hit this year and over the past couple of years, it's not been hard for investors to get behind marijuana stocks.

  • Natural gas will soon find more fuel to feed its rally
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    Natural gas will soon find more fuel to feed its rally

    Oil prices have declined sharply in November, but natural gas’ rise has been even more striking with prices for the heating fuel having soared by more than 30% for the month to date, recently touching their highest level in more than four years. “The price will move up and down with the weather, but the upside moves will be greater than the downside,” says James Williams, energy economist at WTRG Economics. December natural gas (NGZ18) rose 18% to settle at $4.837 per million British thermal units on Wednesday.

  • Hedge Funds Are Piling Into T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS)
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    Hedge Funds Are Piling Into T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS)

    It was a rough fourth quarter for many hedge funds, which were naturally unable to overcome the big dip in the broad market, as the S&P 500 fell by about 7% during October and average hedge fund losing about 3%. This was the case with hedge funds, who we heard were pulling money from the market amid the volatility, which included money from small-cap stocks, which they invest in at a higher rate than other investors. Is T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE:TMUS) a cheap investment right now?

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    Pipeline Picks for the Long-Term Investor

    Get your watchlists ready -- we've got a few midstream companies you might just want to consider. In this week's episode of Industry Focus: Energy, analysts Nick Sciple and Matt DiLallo give you a quick scoop on some of the most exciting players in pipelines today. Find out what makes Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE: CEQP), Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP), and Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA) so promising for the long term.

  • 3 Things to Watch in the Stock Market This Week
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    3 Things to Watch in the Stock Market This Week

    The week ahead is abbreviated by the Thanksgiving holiday, which marks the beginning of the key holiday shopping season. Below, we'll look at the metrics that could send shares of Target (NYSE: TGT), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), and TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) moving in the shortened trading week to come. Target stock is on a roll so far this year, which raises the stakes heading into its third-quarter report on Tuesday.

  • Watch out for these 10 ‘retirement killers’
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    Watch out for these 10 ‘retirement killers’

    There are plenty of things that can ruin a person’s retirement plans — divorce, illness, job loss, overspending. A recent study has revealed for the first time the 10 biggest causes of financial regret among those who have retired or are near to retirement. The survey was conducted by researchers from the RAND Corporation and the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.

  • My Top 3 Favorite Clinical-Stage Biotech Stocks to Buy
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    My Top 3 Favorite Clinical-Stage Biotech Stocks to Buy

    The potential to develop blockbuster next-generation drugs that reshape patient treatment makes biotechnology stocks one of the most exciting industries for investors. While there are no guarantees for success, it can help to focus on companies with lots of financial firepower and drugs in late-stage studies or with proven mechanisms of action. It's for those reasons that Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARNA), Acceleron Pharma (NASDAQ: XLRN), and bluebird bio (NASDAQ: BLUE) are my top stocks to buy in the industry right now.

  • Is Visa Inc (NYSE:V) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?
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    Is Visa Inc (NYSE:V) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

    Most investors tend to think that hedge funds and other asset managers are worthless, as they cannot beat even simple index fund portfolios. In fact, most people expect hedge funds to compete with and outperform the bull market that we have witnessed over the past few years. Visa Inc (NYSE:V) was in 112 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018.