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  • U.S. stock index futures turned flat after durable goods orders rose less than expected, but still struggled to hold gains after more dovish talk from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

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    Take a look at some of Wednesday’s morning movers:

  • Clean tech has become a major destination for investors, from venture capital firms to ordinary shareholders. The large and diverse sector, which covers everything from energy to transportation to construction, touches all sorts of industries and often blurs with other areas. Clean tech, like green, was once closely associated with the socially responsible investing movement, but its sheer size today, has created a wealth of investment vehicles in alternative, as well as concepts such as energy

    As clean-tech investing can be volatile, investment strategists generally advise dipping into this space as part of a larger, diversified portfolio plan. Here’s a look at the largest funds, based on market capitalization.

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    In a research report released this week, S&P Capital IQ analysts recommends six stocks that the ratings firm thinks will gain operating leverage and will reap profits. TheStreet.com details why S&P thinks these companies’ shares are bargains.

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    Which companies are vulnerable to hostile takeover bids? There’s no way to know, for sure. But some companies stick out more than others.  Using a screen created on AnalytixInsight’s database, I came up with three interesting possibilities.

  • When you think about water in terms of the Dow Jones Water Index, which is lower than it was five years ago, investing in the liquid doesn’t sound promising. But Neil Berlant, a partner at Crowell, Weedon & Co., and John Quealy, a managing director and analyst at Canaccord Genuity, told CNBC that investing in water is a growth move.

  • What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Tuesday, April 27.

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    "Water’s getting a lot of attention," says one analyst of the investment boom. "There’s an expectation that critical water needs are not being met, and that it’s only going to get worse in future.”

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    After spending much of the year as a market laggard, industrial stocks have rebounded over the past three months and are considered a good bet to keep moving higher.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Investors looking to cash in on water should look to opportunities in the "total water cycle," where companies look to address the global imbalances of the natural resource, Rainer Ottemann, head of fund sales for Germany and Austria at KBC Bank Deutschland, said Monday.

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    In this installment of our special series we look at a plague of biblical proportions...

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    Patti Domm wrote in her latest Market Insider post, "Water is the commodity that nobody can live without."  While there has been much focus on soaring Energy, Metals and Agricultural commodities, could water be the next big thing?  While results YTD are mixed, here is a set of water related securities that you may want to consider when looking at the short and longer term demands for H20.

  • Water. It's the commodity that nobody can live without. More than half the world is depleting its groundwater faster than it's being replaced. That's why it's a favorite investment idea of Ewen Cameron Watt, chairman of BlackRock's Central Strategy Group.

  • We have more video from Friday night's contest program, "How To Win." Specifically, more stock picks from our guest analysts. One of them, Timothy Sykes, who is also a guest blogger, loves the charts as you'll hear him explain. He also explains, his picks could have an upside, as well as a down side. So it's buyer beware for sure (fyi--it's that way with all the picks!).