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Tech Stocks Are the Real Indicator of the Markets

Tech stocks have been hit hard in the last week, and the Nasdaq Composite is down nearly 4% in the month of April. The index took another dive today, down 2.7% by 1 p.m.

Big names in the tech sector have been hit particularly hard. Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is down 4% this month, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has dropped 5% in April, and Tesla Motors Co. (Nasdaq: TSLA) has dipped almost 6% this week.

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Why Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Buying Oculus Is Smart Move

Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) announced yesterday (Tuesday) that it plans to purchase the virtual-reality company Oculus VR Inc. for $2 billion.

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has pegged virtual reality as the "platform of tomorrow," and that's what led to the purchase. Still, some analysts are turned off by Facebook's $2 billion commitment.

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UPDATE: General Motors (NYSE: GM) Recall Is a "Legacy Issue for Years to Come"

UPDATE: A study released Thursday night by a public interest group, The Center for Auto Safety, claims that there were 303 deaths in recalled General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) cars in which airbags did not deploy. The study examined federal data to reach its conclusion.

What's more, the group's report states that GM intentionally misrepresented raw information about the crashes.

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2014 General Motors (NYSE: GM) Recalls Will Be a "Legacy Issue for Years to Come"

UPDATE: Today (Monday), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) announced three more 2014 recalls. So far this year, GM stock has been feeling the sting of recall fallout, to the tune of a nearly 16% drop to $34.39 per share.

The most worrisome of today's recalls, both in terms of consumer safety and number of vehicles affected, is an air bag issue that will have to be fixed for 1.2 million of GM's crossover SUV models. If a customer ignores a warning light that reads "Service Air Bag," it can result in non-deployment on a side impact collision.

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Stock Market 2014: "We've Got a Lot Higher to Go"

Speculators can't make heads or tails of the stock market in 2014. Some say this bull has grown long in the tooth.

We disagree.

"We've got a lot higher to go," Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani said yesterday (Tuesday) on FOX Business' "Varney & Co."

First, let's take a look at the signs that have naysayers predicting this bull will run amok…

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What Today's Housing Market Numbers Really Mean

Today's mixed numbers from the Case-Shiller price index have some prognosticators wondering if the housing market has plateaued.

U.S. home prices posted their largest annual gain since 2005 and increased 11.3% in Q4 compared to the previous year. However, growth slowed toward the end of the year, particularly in December.

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General Motors (NYSE: GM) Recall Is a "Legacy Issue for Years to Come"

Thursday's General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) recall of nearly 800,000 compact cars in North America is markedly different from the slough of other 2014 recalls from the likes of Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM), Ford Motor Corp. (NYSE: F), and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA).

That's because, according to depositions in a civil lawsuit against GM, the carmaker knew about the defect that's caused fatal and nonfatal crashes since at least 2004.

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