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  • When the Senate HELP Committee holds its hearing on for-profit schools Thursday, it's likely to get an earful from Kathleen Bittel, a current employee of Education Management. Education Management spacer, whose Art Institutes represent more than half its enrollment, went public last October. The company’s largest investor is Goldman Sachs spacer. In SEC filings the company claims that around 85 percent of its students land jobs in their field or a “related field” within six months of graduation.

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    M&A activity is back in the spotlight this week. Already a handful of high-profile acquisition announcements are getting positive feedback from investors, as they bid up shares of both the acquirers and buyout targets. That behavior is pretty telling about market sentiment right now. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Single-family home prices dipped in July, and are seen stabilizing near the lows without the homebuyer tax credit that ended in April, according to Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price indexes. What does this mean for the overall housing market? Josh Levin, homebuilding analyst at Citi, shared his outlook.

  • Given some of the data getting less bad, mid-terms coming up and the possibility of more equity-friendly policies, stocks should be able to grind higher, said Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at BlackRock. He shared his market outlook.

  • Standard & Poor's and Fitch warned they may cut Ireland's credit rating again due to the rising cost of recapitalizing nationalized Anglo Irish Bank, pushing Dublin's borrowing costs to fresh peaks. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services shared his insights.

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    Today's Call To Action is to evaluate calls made on the 10-yr yield, equities and M&A.

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    The Federal Reserve has not run out of options to boost the economy and must focus on managing people's expectations to avoid a prolonged slump like Japan experienced, former Fed Governor Randall Kroszner told CNBC Tuesday.

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    That comment by me last week about the guts of an ETF created somewhat of a stir in the blogosphere and in the ETF industry—as did the topic of the piece I had written, which was headlined: “Can an ETF collapse?”

  • What is the best trade on Treasurys? Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak, and George Goncalves, head of U.S. interest rates strategy in the Americas at Nomura Securities, shared their insights.

  • The Federal Reserve is on the investor’s side and therefore, stocks will ultimately see a boost, said Rod Smyth, chief investment strategist at Riverfront Investment Group.

  • Stocks edged lower Monday, following a four-week winning streak for the markets. Where should investors look to put their money? Patrick Becker, principal at Becker Capital Management and Bob Auer, portfolio manager at Auer Growth Fund discussed their insights.

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    To remind all of the definition for inclusion, these are stocks which require no investment strategy other than, "Buy and hold...for a long, long time."

  • If low rates continue to get lower, which banks are better positioned to survive and thrive? Craig Siegenthaler, analyst at Credit Suisse, and Paul Miller, group head of financial services at FBR Capital Markets, discussed their insights.

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    TheStreet Ratings' stock model screens for the best fast growth stocks, and these companies rank in the top 10% of our stock ratings universe with 'buy' level ratings of A-minus or better. They also have top and bottom line growth potential in excess of 12% over the next year. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit will be paid a dollar again this year for 12 months of work, while other top executives at the bank are set to earn millions.

  • Stocks surged Friday after a boost in durable goods orders—and despite news that home sales had their second-worst month on record in August. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, discussed his market outlook.

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    During the "lost decade," so many lost tangible assets; that has been well-documented. Less chronicled was the proliferation of art purchases by hedge fund managers in the mid-2000's. Many attributed the phenomenon to "ego-buying," but there was a credible inherent strategy.

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    Has the permanently glum Nouriel Roubini become a softy? Now, with each passing week, the prophet keeps shifting his stance. Mr. Gloom is less and less gloomy with each passing day. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Could a GOP November win of the House be good for the markets and economy? Hugh Johnson, chairman and CIO of Hugh Johnson Advisors, shared his insights.

  • Despite the recent rally in stocks, volume levels have been on the light side. What does it mean for investors? Craig Hodges, co-portfolio manager at The Hodges Fund, and John Morris, managing partner at Crestwood Advisors, shared their outlooks.