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    With the stock markets still a little jittery after this month's mini-correction, the statements that come out of this week's FOMC meeting (Federal Open Market Committee) will be even more cautious than usual.

    "The Fed is all about fairy dust," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said in a Wednesday appearance on CNBC World, noting that the Fed really doesn't want to upset the markets right now.

    See why CNBC World keeps inviting Fitz-Gerald back...

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Q4 AAPL Earnings Blow Past Estimates as iPhone Sales Soar

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Just like old times, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) crushed its Q4 earnings, thanks to a great showing by the iPhone.

Given that the iPhone 6 models were only available for a couple of weeks at the end of the period, the news bodes well for Apple earnings in the current quarter.

Investors anticipated the positive news by sending Apple stock up 2% during the day. AAPL stock advanced more than 1% higher in after-hours trading.

Here's how Apple beat the street again...

Monday's Hot Stocks to Watch: AAPL, IBM, CMG, and More

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Earnings are again in focus this week as a number of key industry players post Q3 results. Q3 estimates have come down slightly in recent weeks. Still, the U.S. economic backdrop remains solid, as reflected in robust Q3 manufacturing output data and recent job growth.

Monday's hot stocks to watch include a leading smartphone maker, a tech titan, and a boutique burrito chain.

Here’s our full list of all seven stocks that will be on the move today.

This New Apple Stock Strategy Is a Tweak to the Carl Icahn Playbook

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It's one thing to be optimistic about a stock, but activist investor Carl Icahn's letter to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook tries to make the case that Apple stock is worth double its current price today.

The letter, released today (Thursday) following a teaser tweet the night before, is Icahn's second push to get Apple to use a major portion of its $133 billion in cash for stock buybacks.

But there's more to Icahn's game this time than simply increasing stock buybacks.

This veteran activist investor is as cunning as ever...

The Carl Icahn Letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook (Full Text)

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Activist investor Carl Icahn is taking his second swing at Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)

What follows is the entire, unedited text of the Oct. 9 Carl Icahn letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which Icahn makes the case that Apple is undervalued and therefore ripe for another big round of stock buybacks.

In the process, Icahn goes into excruciating detail…

Even Steve Jobs Got It Wrong Sometimes

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Few today would question that the late Steve Jobs was a genius, but those many mega successes have obscured the fact that from time to time he got it wrong.

But Steve Jobs' failures can reveal as much about how he was able to re-invent entire industries as can his amazing achievements.

Like many tech geniuses, the late Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO was known for his willingness to be bold, take risks and defy conventional thinking. That philosophy necessarily resulted in both breakthroughs and belly flops.

Here's a look at nine of the biggest mistakes of his career...

Will the Dow Jones Bounce Back Today?

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Yesterday (Thursday), the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its steepest drop since July 31st, with tech stocks leading the plunge.

The dive was fueled by a sharp downturn in shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), which fell for the second consecutive day. AAPL stock dropped 3.8%, falling below $100 per share. Concerns about software glitches in its iOS platform and structural problems in the iPhone 6 Plus are heavily weighing on the stock.

Can the Dow Jones recover Friday? Here are the top stories facing U.S. markets...

Dow Jones Today Plunges 264 Points as AAPL and Tech Stocks Drag Down Indexes

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The Dow Jones today suffered its steepest drop since July 31st, with tech stocks leading the plunge.

The dive was fueled by a sharp downturn in shares of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), which fell 3.8%. Concerns about software glitches in its iOS platform and structural problems in the iPhone 6 Plus are heavily weighing on the stock.

Now, here are more top stories from the stock market today...

Apple Stock: Record Sales Only Hint at the Impact of the iPhone 6

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That Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) sold a record number iPhone 6 models - more than 10 million - in its first weekend only hints at what the product will mean for Apple stock.

Even though the total handily beat the first three days of sales of last year's duo of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, demand far outstripped supply.

Given that the iPhone contributes about 60% of Apple's profits, that's great news for AAPL stock.

Here’s why demand for the iPhone 6 will remain strong for months to come…

The Best Way to Profit from the AAPL-GOOG Mobile Payments War

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With so much money at stake, it's no wonder Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) are engaging in a huge battle over which company's e-wallet platform consumers will choose to make purchases.

We could wait on the sidelines to see which e-wallet consumers prefer. But that's not our style.

So here's a “secret” play whose business will be supercharged no matter who wins the mobile-payments war…

Why I'm Investing in Apple Stock for the Long Haul (AAPL)

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The impressive slate of announcements from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) yesterday (Tuesday) is all the more reason to be investing in Apple stock, according to Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael Robinson.

"I'm in it for the long haul," Robinson told host Stuart Varney. "I definitely would still be acquiring [Apple stock]."

In this video, Robinson talks what it is about the company's latest products that have him so bullish on AAPL stock...

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Stock Market Futures Down on Underwhelming AAPL Presentation and Interest Rate Fears

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Stock market today, Sept. 10, 2014: Stock market futures were down this morning after markets took a nosedive in the final hour of trading yesterday (Tuesday). The slide followed a broad selloff of tech giant Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and investors heightened cautions over a possible interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve sooner rather than later.

Here’s what you should know to make your Wednesday profitable:

Apple Stock Price (AAPL) Will Rise on iPhone 6, Watch – Eventually

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At its special event today (Tuesday), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) proved it still has plenty of innovative fire in its belly.

But Wall Street apparently wanted more, as the Apple stock price slipped into negative territory after the event ended.

What matters, however, is what each of these products - the iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch - will do for Apple stock down the line, and from what we saw today each is likely to add significantly to the company's earnings.

Here's how much punch each will pack for AAPL stock...