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Indians are taking control of their health in response to the country’s surging rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among the highest in the world, and the invasion of fast food chains.

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In this guest commentary, R. Rajagopal of Kotak Mahindra (UK) Ltd., argues that if it does not continue to address its pressing economic issues, India stands to lose its BBB- investment grade.

Indian farmers throw fertiliser in a paddy field in Dharmuchak village.

Guar has the world’s largest oil and gas producers fretting over profit margins. Why? In gum form, guar is the thickening agent used to push fluids sideways in the fracking process.

A model displays a natural yellow 42.02 carat diamond at a public auction show in Mumbai. India.

Indians have long been the world’s biggest buyers of gold . But  this year  gold  jewelry demand in India dropped 30 percent year-over-year. Why? Because wealthy Indians have discovered diamonds.

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The Indian diaspora has opened new potential markets for Bollywood films. Ordinarily this would signal an investment opportunity, but some are urging caution.

A fruit grower carries a bucket of freshly harvested strawberries on a farm in Gouso.

India, a major player in global agriculture, has struggled to attract foreign investment. But that may change.

Facebook Falling on BTIG Downgrade

BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield explains why he downgraded Facebook to sell, with a $16 price target. "Facebook should be doing things that add to the user experience, not detract from it," he says.

A fruit grower carries a bucket of freshly harvested strawberries on a farm in Gouso.

India, a major player in global agriculture, has struggled to attract foreign investment. But that may change.

Time to Buy Cisco Systems?

Will Cisco Systems benefit from a report bashing its competitor Huawei Technologies? Grady Burkett, Morningstar, weighs in.

Analyze the Analysts!

BTIG downgraded Facebook to sell, with a $16 price target, and Netflix was upgraded to overweight at Morgan Stanley, with Matt Cheslock of Virtu Financial.

Cashing in on Casino Trend

Around the country, state and local governments are frantic to cover budget shortfalls. Leaders are turning to sin for salvation. CNBC's Brian Shactman reports.

Election Impact on Stock Market

Disney is down on Caris & Company's downgrade of the media firm to average, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche. Meanwhile Gina Martin Adams, Wells Fargo, discusses whether the election or earnings will have a bigger impact on stocks.

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The world of finance is loaded with technical concepts and complicated terminology, much of it vital shorthand for industry participants. It is likely your advisers will fall back on using jargon when soliciting your business and managing your financial accounts. Here is a guide to some financial terms.

Financial Jargon Your Adviser May Throw at You

The world of finance is loaded with technical concepts and complicated terminology – much of it vital shorthand for industry participants. It’s likely your advisers will fall back on using jargon when soliciting your business and managing your financial accounts. Here's a guide to some financial terms.

As financial services companies trim payrolls, more industry veterans are opening their own investment firms.According to , which tracks the, there are now 28,574 resident investment adviser, RIA, firms, usually with offices of two to eight employees and an average of $25 million to $50 million in client assets under management, AUM. Others, such as spinoffs from the financial giants, can manage mutual funds and other big accounts, boosting the AUM.In the most recent full year of year of data, 2011, 1,108 RIA firms were formed with $561.38 billion worth of assets under management.We thought it would be interesting to see what cities had the most activity in creating new RIA firms in 2011 and how much money (measured in assets) was under management. (Note that there is a wide range of assets, depending on the individual starting the firm and the number and size of clients.)Here are the top ten cities based on a customized search of AdviceIQ/Meridian-IQ data bases.

New financial advisory firms are popping up around the U.S., as veteran brokers leave big firms to build their own. These 10 are startup hotbeds.

Netflix Upped by Morgan Stanley

Netflix stock was upgraded to an overweight by Morgan Stanley this morning. Barton Crockett, Lazard Capital Markets, and Andy Hargreaves, Pacific Crest Securities, discuss.

Campaign of Game Changers

Former Gov. Ed Rendell,(D-PA), and Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, discuss big momentum swings for the Obama and Romney camps.

Constellation Brands CEO: Great Interest in Latino Products

Constellation Brands president & CEO, discusses his company's strong earnings, why the company is so optimistic about its Mexican beer brands, and whether a slowing economy is causing people to drink more.

Talking Numbers: Booze Battle

Shares of Constellation Brands are up 3 percent today on strong earnings, and its competitor Diageo has also had an impressive run lately. Jeff Tomasulo, Belpointe Alternatives, and Tim Ramey, D.A. Davidson analyst, discuss which makes a better buy now.

Timing the Gas Market?

How to save money amid higher gas prices, with Patrick DeHaan, Gas Buddy.com. "Generally, gasoline prices are cheaper at the start of a week early in the morning," he says.

FMHR Final Trade

The FMHR traders reveal their final trades.

Indian Stocks Hit by 'Flash Crash'

Seth Merrin, CEO and director of LiquidNet, says high frequency trading is destroying investor confidence.

Could Zynga Get Bought Out?

Ken Sena, Evercore Partners, discusses the direction of Zynga shares and whether it could be the target of a takeover.

Squawk's Friday Market Roadmap

The "Squawk on the Street" team discusses the September unemployment report; the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death; and more.

Health Care, Energy Rally on Romney Remarks

Both energy and health care are higher after Romney's comments last night in the debate. Ana Gupte, Bernstein analyst, and Kevin Book, Clearview Energy Partners, offer strategies to playing these sectors.

Amazon's Lending Program: Good or Bad for the Bottom Line?

Herman Leung, Susquehanna Financial Group, and Kneko Burney, Compass Intelligence, discuss whether Amazon is making the right moves.

Good Start for Mitt Romney

CNBC's Courtney Reagan breaks down the sector winners and losers from the debate. Sandy Villere, Villere & Co.; Michael Yoshikami, CNBC; Margie Patel, Wells Fargo Funds Management; and CNBC's Rick Santelli, weigh in.

Analyze the Analysts!

RW Baird is downgrading Sprint Nextel from underperform to neutral, with Kim Forrest of Fort Pitt Capital Group,

FMHR Final Trade

The FMHR traders discuss their final trades.

Management Shakeup at Barclays

Lehman alum Hugh "Skip" McGee becomes CEO of U.S. investment bank Barclays. CNBC's Kayla Tausche has details. Meanwhile Tom Stemberg, Highland Consumer Fund, offers his retail winners and losers.