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The week's best web reads: 5 stocks hedge funds love

Every weekday in our premarket report at Inside the Market, we point to some of the more interesting or insightful stories and blog posts on the web. For a bit of weekend clicking and reading, here's a recap of some of the best from last week.

Five stocks that U.S. hedge fund managers agree are buys.

Amid a lackluster earning season that has featured many U.S. companies missing sales expectations, cash balances have swelled 14 per cent and are on track toward $1.5-trillion for the S&P 500, according to JPMorgan. Both levels would be historic highs.

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U.S. corporate profit margins have been stretched about as far as they can go.

The three scariest things about this disappointing earnings season.

Mutual fund giant Pimco is prepared to cut its holdings of emerging-market corporate debt next year on concern a flood of new sales and further economic slowdown in China will put an end to a 12-month rally in the securities.

Are Facebook shares finally worth buying? A new analysis from Marketwatch's Mark Hulbert says no.

U.S. presidential election history suggests this is a good time to buy gold.

Would the stock market react any differently following a President Obama victory than to a Mitt Romney win? The honest answer is that no one knows.

Hedge funds have been snapping up Greece's debt.

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U.S. stocks are beating every major asset class for the first time in 17 years even as economic growth weakens and profits rise at the slowest rate since 2009.

Seven sins that individual investors keep committing.

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Investment Editor

Darcy Keith is The Globe and Mail's Investment Editor. He has been a business journalist since 1992 and joined the Report on Business in 2010 from Yahoo! Canada, where he was the senior editor of finance. More

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