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CRM, BIDU, and XOM Are the Biggest Stocks to Watch Today

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, April 30, forecasted a 25-point decline from Wednesday's close. The markets are reacting to shifts in the U.S. dollar and to the Federal Reserve's statements that it will raise interest rates on a meeting-by-meeting basis.

Here are your pre-market movers, top market news, and the biggest stocks to watch today...

Does the XOM Dividend Make Exxon Stock a Buy?

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Exxon Mobil Corp. dominates the world of Big Oil in terms of market cap and brand recognition.

The $364 billion company is widely embraced by income investors thanks mostly to the healthy XOM dividend.

Here's everything you need to know about the XOM dividend - and whether or not it's worth buying XOM stock...

DJIA Index Soars 118 Points on Surge in Oil Prices, Rate Expectations

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For April 6, 2015, here's how the stock market did today, the top stock market news, and stocks to watch based on today's market moves.

The DJIA Index gained more than 144 points on Tuesday, fueled by a surge in oil prices and soft data that hints the Federal Reserve will likely avoid an interest rate hike in June. Friday's weak March employment report pushed PNC Financial Services to delay its expected target rate date back to until September.

Here are the day's top stories plus our new profit tip for investors...

3 High-Yield Energy Stocks Returning as Much as 6%

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Energy stocks have struggled lately. Since this time last year, the overall sector has dropped 11% while the S&P 500 index rose almost 13%.

But it's important to note: this has left some of the biggest high-yield energy dividend stocks on sale - so investors should grab some shares for a bargain to collect dividends. Because oil will head higher again.

Here are three picks we like to get you started...

Why the Exxon Mobil Stock Price Hit a Fresh 52-Week Low

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The Exxon Mobil stock price (NYSE: XOM) hit a 52-week low of $84.03 intraday Wednesday. Shares of the oil and gas giant are sitting at their lowest level in 17 months.

The Irving, Texas-headquartered company has certainly taken it on the chin over the last several months. Indeed, a laundry list of issues plague the stock.

But despite these headwinds, here's why the Exxon Mobil stock price could soon move higher...

Stocks to Buy When Oil Is Low – and Stocks to Avoid

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With cheap crude oil prices, investors are pondering which stocks to buy when oil is low.

Money Morning Technical Trading Strategist D.R. Barton told viewers of FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Thursday) he isn't crazy about oil given the recent slide. But he's also aware that investment prospectuses and investors looking to diversify will still be drawn to the sector.

One oil giant stands out. And another should be avoided. Here's what those companies are.

Stock Market Today on the Move from GRPN, LNKD, GPRO, CVX, and XOM

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The stock market today is moving on news from some major earnings reports from GRPN, LNKD, GPRO, SBUX, CVX, and XOM.

Here's our morning roundup...

Stock Market Today: NFLX, GM, XOM Making Headlines

Investors seem confident that the economy is picking up as warmer weather takes hold...

But problems continue within the housing sector, where sales and construction forecasts were recently slashed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Existing home sales are expected to remain flat when they are reported this morning.

Here are the five stories you need to know to make your Tuesday profitable.

Today's Biggest Stock Market News

With our eye on the opening bell, here are five stories to watch in the stock market today:

Market News, Jan. 30:

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The Best "Yardstick" for Picking Oil and Gas Stocks to Buy

Determining fair value is vital when deciding whether a stock is a good buy or not. In the case of energy stocks, there happens to be a yardstick investors can use to bring home market-beating trades time and time again.

And the best part is, hardly anyone else is using it...

Best Investments 2014: Canada's Northern Claim Heats Up the Arctic Oil Race

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Last week Canada claimed the North Pole as its own. Six years ago, Russia did the same. This isn't about bragging rights, though - it's about access to the vast oil and gas reserves of the Arctic. No matter who prevails, however, they''ll still need the know-how that just a handful of energy companies possess.

This is a huge opportunity for investors...

Best Oil Stocks to Buy as U.S. Jumps to World's Top Oil Producer

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It's time to look at oil stocks to buy as the United States gets ready to surpass the world's biggest oil producers.

Earlier this month, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that the United States will jump past both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2015.

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Exxon-Rosneft Deal Centers on Arctic Oil (NYSE: XOM)

Quite a few emails already coming in about the potential of the $3.2 billion Exxon-Rosneft deal.

On April 16, Exxon (NYSE: XOM) officially entered into a massive offshore exploration partnership with Russia's Rosneft to jointly develop resources in the Kara and Black Seas.
From the Rosneft press release:

"The agreements signed today form joint ventures to manage an exploration program in the Kara Sea and Black Sea. They also set the terms for investments to be made by the partners in Russian offshore projects. The initial cost of preliminary exploration is estimated at over US $3.2 billion.

Neftegaz Holding America Limited, an independent indirect subsidiary of Rosneft registered in Delaware, concluded separate agreements on the acquisition of a 30 percent equity in ExxonMobil's share in the La Escalera Ranch project in the Delaware Basin in West Texas in the United States."

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) Again Proves to Be a Profit Gusher

When it released its earnings last week, Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) proved to the market why it deserves to be the largest company in the world.

The stock promptly sold off following the company's announcement, but that has absolutely nothing to do with fundamentals.

So let me explain why you should put Exxon at the top of your "Buy" list if you don't already own shares. (**)

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