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Hot Stocks to Watch Today

U.S. equities jumped up right out of the gate Tuesday, with all three benchmarks up better than 1% just before noon. The S&P 500 Index hit yet another record high. European markets, also hammered on Monday, recovered most of what they lost in Tuesday's session.

Hot Stocks Today

While the gains were broad-based as stocks rebounded from Monday's rout, there were a number of equities moving higher on company developments, industry news, earnings, and deal making. Following are 12 of today's hot stocks to watch.

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Tech investing

Apple and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) Might Have a Secret Plan

It now appears that rumors Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) had an acquisitive eye on Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) were just that – rumors.

But the two companies have been talking, and almost surely about the planned Tesla Gigafactory, an enormous rechargeable battery production plant projected to open in 2017 and cost at least $5 billion.

It makes total sense. Thanks to its sales of millions of mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, and laptops, Apple uses twice as much battery capacity as Tesla.

Hot Stocks

Best Stocks to Buy Now: How to Play 2014's Most Profitable Trends Today

Best stocks to buy for the week ending Feb. 28, 2014: The S&P 500 Index finished February up 4.3% at 1,859.45, its best month since October and its best February since 1998.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended February 4% higher, trimming year-to-date losses to 1.5%. And the Nasdaq closed out the month up 5%. The tech-heavy index is up 3.2% in 2014 and sits at a 13 1/2-year high.

Five years ago this Sunday, on March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 closed at 676.58, its lowest level since the start of the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, stock returns have more than tripled.

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Oil

U.S. Oil Futures Today: Watch Them Soar on These Two Factors

Today (Monday), U.S. oil futures hit a five-month high on fallout from the Ukraine conflict, further supported by inclement weather across the United States.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in April rose to a session high of $104.65 a barrel, the highest since Sept. 23.

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Warren Buffett

How Warren Buffett Led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) to Record Profit in 2013

Buoyed by a recovering U.S. economy, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) posted a record profit in 2013 and is upbeat about the future.

Run by the iconic Warren Buffett since 1965, Berkshire has grown from a textile manufacturing company to now include 80-plus businesses that run the gamut from insurance to railroads to utilities to ice cream. The Omaha, Neb.-based conglomerate consists of some $117.5 billion of a variety of stocks.

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Stock Market Today

Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

Stock market news today, March 3, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.30% to finish at 16.321.71 on Friday. The Nasdaq fell by 0.25% to close at 4,308.12, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.28% to end at 1.859.45.

Winter Storm Titan will continue into the late afternoon today on the East Coast of the United States. Despite today's bout of nasty weather, the markets will remain open in New York.

Here are the five biggest stories moving markets today:

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Bitcoin

Bitcoin News: Mt. Gox Bankruptcy Barely Dents Prices

The troubled Mt. Gox exchange officially filed for bankruptcy today (Friday) in Japan, but this Bitcoin news was so much expected that prices on other exchanges hardly moved.

Bitcoin prices on most major exchanges briefly dipped about 5% on the news, but recovered quickly. The composite Bitcoin price on CoinDesk was $565 at midday, down less than 2% for the day.

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Top News

Icahn on eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY): "They Just Don’t Get it"

Activist investor Carl Icahn poured the pressure on eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) Thursday in his third scathing open letter to eBay shareholders.

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In what has become a wicked war of words between the corporate raider and the online auction and shopping site, Icahn continued to press eBay to spin off its electronic payment arm PayPal, maintaining the unit is worth more as a standalone.

The billionaire investor also wants the San Jose, Calif.-company to overhaul its corporate board. Icahn, who holds a 2.2% stake in eBay, continued to reproach the company for a "complete disregard of accountability" and took further jabs at board members.

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Bullish LNG Stock News Points to Best Investments

This year has been hard on markets. In January alone the S&P 500 was down 3.6% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 5.3%.

But during this period LNG stock news has pushed the sector higher.

Here is a brief look at this bullish LNG stock news of 2014.

LNG STOCK NEWS

China is a big factor in LNG stock news this year.

China has increasingly been in demand for natural gas. That's why the United States plans to approve more construction export facilities, which can send LNG to energy hungry Asia.

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LNG Stock News: Sector Among Best Investment Opportunities of the Decade

LNG stock news 2014: LNG stock prices are estimated to soar 118% compared to last year, bringing Cheniere Energy Inc. to the top of the investment list.

However, this might be only the start of the fireworks, especially if we refer to Cheniere, which is known as one of the largest liquefied natural gas-related energy company in Houston, Texas. Apparently, Morgan Stanley predicted an overgrowth in the LNG stock price this year, with over a 30% gain compared to its current price of $45.76. Morgan Stanley included in the financial forecast they released on Jan. 7, 2014 that Cheniere might get as much as $129 a share during this year.

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