I make $13/hour at Walmart. I don’t always get a bonus, but the CEO does

cynthia cindy murrayCynthia Murray has worked at Walmart for 15 years. She is speaking before the CEO and board at the annual shareholder meeting on June 5.

Many Walmart customers know Cynthia "Cindy" Murray. She's worked for 15 years in the fitting room at the Laurel, Maryland store, helping shoppers decide what fits and what doesn't.

On Friday, she will stand before Walmart's CEO and board in the big University of Arkansas arena in Fayetteville, Ark. She brought her best black slacks and dress shirt for the speech -- clothing she bought at Walmart on her $13.60 an hour salary.

Her message to the Walton family and board that control Walmart is simple: treat workers better...and hold the CEO to the same standards that associates are held to.

"The CEO is still getting rich, but it's our blood and sweat that runs the store," Murray told CNNMoney.

Murray is allowed to give a speech on such a big stage because she owns Walmart (WMT) stock. She has just over $2,000 worth.

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More and more Walmart employees have realized that buying Walmart stock isn't just a good investment, it gives them an opportunity to have a small say in how things are run.

Their advocacy has helped push the company to raise starting pay to at least $9 an hour and to better protect the rights of pregnant workers.

"Walmart is pleased to be making more than a $1 billion investment in our associates this year, including raising wages, creating new training programs and giving associates more control over their schedules," company spokesman Brian Nick told CNNMoney.

CEO pay under fire: Now one of the top issues for Walmart associates -- the cashiers, greeters and shelf stockers -- is CEO pay. Associates get evaluated by very specific criteria for their pay increases and bonuses. They think executives should have similarly clear and rigorous "pay for performance" standards.

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Murray thinks something is off. She is trying to figure out how the company's stock has grown little over the past few years (it's down 14% so far in 2015), yet CEO Doug Mcmillon got paid about an $18 million bonus (roughly $15 million in stock options and nearly $3 million in "non-equity incentives.")

Murray had to buy all of her Walmart stock on her own. It came right out of her paycheck over the years. She and her husband, a truck driver, barely get by. They aren't on food stamps or other government aid, but they pray about money often.

"I don't eat the best," Murray, now 59, says. "I had to skimp on groceries to pay the light bill."

Associates like Murray only receive bonuses if their store meets tangible sales and profit goals and if they individually perform well.

"I've had times when I got nothing or $42," says Murray.

She feels that Walmart has really changed during her time there and that's why she joined Our Walmart, the campaign to better working conditions that is supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Related: Walmart raises pay well above the minimum wage

Getting a say on pay: Shareholders get to vote on executive pay every year at the annual shareholder meeting. It's a non-binding vote, meaning the company's executive compensation committee doesn't have to follow it. But the board has noticed that more shareholders like Murray are voting against the pay plan.

"We believe the compensation of our [executives] for fiscal 2015 properly reflects our company's performance in fiscal 2015," the company said. It released a lengthy report detailing how they calculate CEO pay.

Research firm Institutional Shareholder Services studies executive pay issues across many companies. While it concludes that Walmart's CEO pay isn't far off from its peers, it does note that the company's sales growth has slowed and there are worries about e-commerce.

"Walmart appears to be a poster child for growing concerns about the increasing complexity of executive pay programs," the ISS report says.

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venanzi luna Venanzi Luna is a former deli manager at Walmart who lost her job a month ago when her store closed.

Workers speak up: Venanzi Luna came all the way to Arkansas this year from California. She was a deli manger at Walmart for eight years until the company closed her Pico Rivera store in April.

"The CEO makes so much money. He gets paid no matter what. If the associates have a bad quarter, we don't get a bonus," Luna, age 35, says.

Luna made $14.30 before the company closed her store. Her raises were typically 20 cents. She was thrilled to get 60 cents one time. She tried to take classes at a local college, but she claims that Walmart made that difficult. As a deli manager, her supervisor insisted that she stay later at times to go over the stocking and inventory.

For the past few years, she has tried to make the journey to the shareholder meeting as part of the Our Walmart movement. She is always amused by the videos they play in the arena.

She remembers the first time saw video of Justin Timberlake pretending to be a Walmart employee. He was smiling and laughing.

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"How would it be for him working at a Walmart on a Saturday when it's the most busy and customers are yelling at you and there's no backup?" Luna wondered.

She really liked working at Walmart at first, but then the company cut staff at her store and she often found herself running between the deli meat slicer and then over to the bakery to try to help customers.

The CEO pay and bonus issue is her top concern too.

"It shouldn't be that he gets a bonus no matter what. The associates don't get that. It's a double standard," Luna says.

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Ignore the market! Jobs report is (mostly) good for you

U.S. economy gained 280,000 jobs in May

The market may not be thrilled by the May jobs report. Stocks were flat Friday and bond yields spiked.

The reason? Traders are betting that the better-than-expected job gains make it more likely that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in September.

But you should pay no attention to the Gloomy Guses and Negative Nancies on Wall Street.

Michael Arone, chief investment strategist for State Street Global Advisors, said the market will remain volatile as Wall Street tries to figure out what every new piece of economic data means for the Fed.

He said average investors shouldn't succumb to short-term thinking. Here are four reasons why the jobs report is good news for you as a consumer -- and long-term investor.

1. Wage gains picking up. Average hourly earnings rose 2.3% over the past 12 months. That's the highest rate of growth since August 2013.

It is still well below the nearly 4% increase in wages that workers were getting in June 2007 -- just a few months before the start of the Great Recession.

Fed chair Janet Yellen has said numerous times that she wants to see wage gains of 3.5%.

Related: America has added over 1 million jobs in 2015

But the trend is going in the right direction. And that's encouraging. One of the biggest knocks on the economy this year is that consumers haven't been spending. Retail sales have been sluggish.

Higher wages should lead to more spending, and that would lift sales and profits for many U.S. companies -- even if companies have to pay more to attract talent.

That's great for the long-term health of the stock market.

"The increase in wage growth should show consumers that there's money there to spend," said Jeffrey Carbone, co-founder of Cornerstone Financial Partners.

2. Strength across the board. There were healthy gains in jobs at higher-paying industries like professional and business services (which include many lucrative tech jobs) and financial services.

Construction jobs continued to edge higher -- another sign that the housing recovery is for real.

And automotive dealers reported a solid increase in jobs -- which makes sense given the strong sales from GM (GM), Ford (F) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU).

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Only one major sector reported a decline in jobs last month. Energy.

It's not a huge surprise given that many oil companies -- including Baker Hughes, Halliburton and Schlumberger -- have announced layoffs as the oil price plunge that began last summer extended into the early part of 2015.

But the trend of job cuts in energy may soon end now that oil prices have stabilized.

3. Banks may lend more if the Fed raises rates. Even though the broader market was lower Friday, bank stocks were winners.

Shares of Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) were all up more than 1%.

Higher interest rates make it more profitable for banks to lend more money, which should mean that they will lend more money to consumers and small businesses. That should boost economic growth.

"Banks have a lot of room to lend. The further we get into a recovery, the more credit should be available for consumers," said Brent Schutte, senior investment strategist for BMO Global Asset Management

Yes, it also means that it's more expensive for consumers to get auto loans and mortgages. And you may have missed the last great chance to refinance your home.

Bond market sell-off continues

The yield on the 10-Year Treasury rate is hovering around 2.41%, the highest level of the year. But rates are still relatively low. This benchmark bond yield was above 3% as recently as January 2014.

4. Winter is no longer coming. After another dismal first quarter for the economy, many were worried that the recovery was losing steam.

Heck, even the IMF suggested that the Fed should hold off on a rate hike until 2015 due to worries about weak growth.

Related: The economy shrank in the first quarter, but don't panic

But the addition of 280,000 jobs in May -- following 221,000 in April -- suggest that the first quarter economic decline may have (once again) simply been due to lousy winter weather. That's a very good sign.

Of course, there are still many things investors need to to focus on beyond the Fed as well: The strong dollar hurting profits. The situation in Greece. Slowing growth in China.

However, it looks like a collapse of the U.S. economy is no longer a legitimate worry.

"It's fair to say that the first quarter weakness was transitory," said John Canally, chief economic strategist for LPL Financial. "The economy and labor market are back on track for the second quarter."

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China is about to tighten its grip on rare earth minerals

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China is poised to tighten its grip on the world market for rare earth minerals, as low prices push the lone U.S. producer to the brink of bankruptcy.

U.S.-based Molycorp (MCP), which mines rare earth minerals in California, plans to file as early as this month for bankruptcy protection, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company has already skipped a bond interest payment, pushing it perilously close to default.

Bankruptcy would represent a stunning fall for Molycorp, which benefited greatly from a supply crunch brought on by China. Rare earth minerals are used in smartphones, hybrid vehicles, missile systems, medical devices and other electronic products.

China controls about 95% of global rare earths production, and holds half the world's reserves of these metals, according to U.S. think tank National Center for Policy Analysis.

For years, China controlled the export of rare earths, and instituted export tariffs as a way to boost its own industry and prevent depletion of natural resources. In 2010, Beijing abruptly reduced its export quota, pushing prices sky high and creating supply disruptions around the globe.

Prices were rising dramatically when Molycorp went public, and the company invested heavily in mines that extract rare earths from the ground. As mineral prices reached record levels in 2011, investors snapped up company shares.

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But then the rare earths pricing bubble burst as new supply sources came online, and manufacturers replaced rare earths with substitute materials.

China added to Molycorp's pain in January, when Beijing dropped a longstanding export quota on rare earth metals after losing a trade case at the World Trade Organization. And in April, Beijing abandoned its export tariffs on the minerals, which will help keep prices low.

Plummeting prices have pushed Molycorp into the deep end. The company recently announced a $608 million annual net loss, and shares have tumbled by 57% so far this year.

Meanwhile, China's rare earths companies are still flying high -- Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel is up 66% so far this year in Shanghai trading, China Northern Rare Earth has surged 45% and China Minmetals Rare Earth is up 32%.

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Spring comeback: U.S. economy gains 280,000 jobs in May

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America has added over a million new jobs so far in 2015.

In a good sign for people looking for work, the U.S. economy gained 280,000 jobs in May. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney projected there would only be 222,000 jobs gains.

The unemployment rate ticked up slightly in May to 5.5%, according to the Labor Department. That increase is a sign that more people returned to look for work in May, economists say.

"It's a strong report, stronger than we had expected," says Jesse Hurwitz, senior economist at Barclays. "The U.S. labor market strength remains very much in tact."

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May's jobs report is welcome news after the winter slowdown. The economy actually contracted in the first three months of this year, sparking concerns that hiring would taper off.

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Show me the wage growth: On Thursday, the International Monetary Fund expressed concern over the U.S. job market, especially how worker pay isn't going up much.

Wages grew only 2.3% in May, well below the 3.5% wage growth the Federal Reserve wants to see. Still, that beat expectations in May and is the highest level in nearly two years. Wages remain the last major economic measure to turn the corner and make significant progress.

"Employers recognize that in order to attract skilled workers, they need to increase wages," says Sharon Stark, managing director at D.A. Davidson.

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May's job gains are a good omen for wage growth. Many experts say that pay should pick up as it gets harder and harder to find workers.

March was the worst month of job growth this year, but the Labor Department revised up March's job gains from 85,000 to 119,000 on Friday. April's job gains were revised down slightly to 221,000.

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U.S. economy gained 280,000 jobs in May

May brings more high quality jobs: Job gains were across the board in May too. A number of high-quality job areas made meaningful progress.

In fact, service-sector job growth so far this year has outpaced the gains from the same time last year, according to Luke Tilley, chief economist at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors in Delaware.

Health care increased by 47,000 jobs, while business services -- which includes marketing and accounting jobs -- gained 63,000 jobs. Construction also had a good month, adding 17,000 new jobs, according to the Labor Department.

The one drag is energy companies. They continued to slash jobs due to low gas and oil prices. Mining and drilling jobs dropped by 17,000 in May -- the fifth consecutive month of energy job losses.

But overall, the job market made strong gains.

It's timely progress for the economy as the Federal Reserve board meets on June 17. The Fed is widely expected not to raise its main interest rate in June, but Fed Chair Janet Yellen will speak to the press and offer her outlook on the economy.

If conditions continue to improve, interest rates could rise for the first time in about a decade -- another healthy sign for America's economy.

"The evidence in the May report shows that the economy continues to be on the right track," U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez told CNNMoney.

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I got a #newjob in 2015

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Amy Sacco waited for months to hear back after applying for a coveted nursing job in San Francisco.

When she was finally hired in April, Sacco shared the good news on Instagram and Facebook (FB, Tech30). Her post was inundated with congratulations, likes and emoji love.

"I was super excited and proud of myself," says Sacco, a nurse at the UC-San Francisco medical center's cancer unit. "I actually got the most likes on that one post than I think I've ever gotten before."

It's no secret people love to share good job news on social media. Thousands of Americans post about new jobs ever day. The hashtag #newjob has become a popular trend.

And that makes sense. Hiring has been strong in recent months. Last year was the best year for job growth in America since 1999. On Friday, the government said the U.S. added 280,000 jobs in May.

But men and women share their "I got a new job!" announcements in slightly different ways.

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Men post, women 'gram: Women tend to share their job news via Instagram much more than men. About two-thirds of the Instagram #newjob posts in May were made by women, according to an analysis by Sysomos, a social media analytics firm, for CNNMoney.

Sacco and other women say they like Instagram's visual appeal. It's mostly photos with little text.

Men are more likely to take to Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) and Facebook (FB, Tech30) because they say the platforms offer practicality. Over half a million people used Facebook or Twitter in May to talk about jobs, Salesforce.com found when it tracked the hashtag #newjob.

Related: America has added 1 million jobs in 2015

That doesn't mean all those people found a job. Some use the #newjob hashtag because they're looking for the next gig. But it's another good sign for the economy that more and more people are talking about their new jobs.

Friday's jobs report from the government is the official gauge about the economy, but social media data is becoming a popular measure of Americans' outlook on everything from jobs and wages to spending and savings. It could one day help businesses and governments better understand the state of the economy.

The economic outlook has improved for Sacco and Katie Meehan.

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A former teacher, Meehan wanted a change of pace this spring. After teaching high schoolers in Florida and working in communications in New York City, Meehan found a full-time job at Bark Baby Bark, a high-end dog care company in Manhattan. A big animal lover, Meehan let all her friends know about her first client, Montauk, a bulldog.

new job katie meehan Katie Meehan got to hangout with Montauk the bulldog on her first day of work.

Something to celebrate: "It's easier to post on Instagram, it's quick and simple" says Meehan. "I got a couple of text messages from friends saying 'I can't believe you're working with dogs. This is amazing.'"

But for men, Facebook is their go-to medium for job news. Derek Falcone shared his job news on Facebook because it's the most efficient way to reach a large number of people, especially ones he doesn't talk to all the time.

Related: Good news: economy adds 223,000 jobs in April

new job derek falcone Derek and Katie Falcone posted this photo on Facebook to tell friends and family where Derek's new job would be -- Houston.

Falcone will be a research scientist at the SABIC, an international chemical and fertilizer company. He's about to graduate from the University of Virginia with a Ph.D in chemical engineering.

When Falcone posted about his first "big boy" job in Houston on Facebook, an old friend reached out to say he's living in Houston. They plan to reconnect this summer.

"I never would've known that this person was moving there unless he reached out to me on social media," says Falcone.

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OPEC refuses to cut oil production

What the heck is OPEC?!

The world has too much oil. Don't expect that to change any time soon.

OPEC decided on Friday not to cut oil production despite the fact that prices have tumbled 40% from a year ago.

OPEC has been trying to paint the move as part of a savvy strategy to drive American shale oil producers out of business. However, industry observers believe the cartel had no other choice but to keep pumping oil because of its fading grip on the market. OPEC used to make up about 60% of the global oil market. Today that number has shrunk to 40%, largely because of surging U.S. production.

The good news for American drivers is that prices at the pump are likely to stay relatively low -- the national average is currently $2.75 for a gallon of regular gas, versus over $3.60 a gallon a year ago. If OPEC had dialed back on output, it would have likely boosted prices, at least in the short term.

Crude oil prices fell about 2% to $57 a barrel following the announcement.

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OPEC's power decline: OPEC's decision Friday was widely expected. In many ways, it was the only decision the cartel, which is dominated by Saudi Arabia, could make.

"They are cornered. Their backs are against the wall. They can only pretend they have a choice," said Fadel Gheit, managing director of oil & gas research at Oppenheimer.

If OPEC had cut output as some of its members wanted, it may have caused prices to spike -- but at a real cost. U.S. shale producers and other countries like Russia and Iran would have simply ramped up output to steal even more market share.

"If you don't have any other option, it's not really a strategy," said Brenda Shaffer, a visiting researcher at Georgetown University.

Unless there is a special meeting called, the OPEC decision will stand at least until the group meets gain on December 4.

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What does this mean for prices? Due to oversupply and the resilience of shale, Gheit believes oil prices are likely to fluctuate between $50 and $70 a barrel the rest of the year. Of course, a huge geopolitical shock like a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia could cause prices to spike higher.

While that's above the March lows of $43, it's a huge decline from a year ago when crude soared to $107 amid the rise of ISIS in Iraq.

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, believes gas prices are very likely to retreat from here, especially if hurricane season doesn't disrupt supplies.

In fact, Kloza said it's "very, very likely" that average prices tumble back near the lows of earlier this year of just over $2.00 a gallon.

"I don't see anything that OPEC can do that will change that trend for 2015," said Kloza.

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'Paralyzed' by shale: It's clear OPEC has been caught off guard by the rapid rise of U.S. shale, which has made the U.S. the world's top oil producer when natural gas liquids and condensate are included. America is also on track for record crude oil production this year, despite the crash in prices.

"OPEC has been paralyzed from the neck down for the last eight or nine months. They are still shale-shocked," said Gheit. "They really underestimated the shale future and technology."

The failure to see the rise of shale has cost OPEC dearly. The IMF estimates that the influential Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are losing out on $287 billion in oil revenue this year.

Still, these four Gulf OPEC members withstood pressure to boost prices by cutting output. They have the luxury of having the lowest production costs in the world, estimated at between $2 and $10 a barrel. They can stay afloat at prices that others cannot.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE have also amassed huge rainy day funds. The countries' reserves stand at an eye-popping $2.4 trillion, according to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute.

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-- CNN Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios contributed to this report.

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

Why Americans aren't feeling any richer

Greece is having a very bad Friday.

Greek markets are trading sharply lower after Athens postponed a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund late Thursday.

Major European markets are also in the red. U.S. stock futures are edging down.

Here are the five things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

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1. Greece: European markets are declining Friday as investors puzzled through Athens' decision to postpone a debt payment, highlighting how urgently it needs more bailout funds to avoid default.

IMF rules allow borrowers to combine payments of principal due in a calendar month, but the provision has been used only once before -- by Zambia in the mid-1980s.

The benchmark Greek index is down by about 5%, and the country's banks are taking a hit. Piraeus (BPIRF) is down 15%, Eurobank (EGFEY) is dropping 11.5% and Alpha Bank (ALBKF) is off by 7.5%.

2. Jobs report: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the U.S. economy added 280,000 jobs in May, which was better than expected.

Unemployment ticked slightly higher to 5.5%.

3. OPEC holds steady: OPEC is leaving oil production levels unchanged -- despite the fact that prices are down 40% from a year ago. The Saudi-led cartel is fighting to keep its market share and drive U.S. shale oil producers out of business.

Crude oil futures jumped after the announcement and are now trading around $58.40 per barrel.

Related: These investors are getting killed in Greece

4. Stock market movers -- Vodafone, Lloyds Bank: Vodafone (VOD) and Liberty (LBTYA) merger speculation is back on the agenda as the two firms confirmed they are in early asset swap talks. However, both companies said Friday they were not considering a full-on merger. Vodafone shares were down 1.9% in London.

Lloyds Bank (LLDTF) has been fined a record £117 million ($179 million) by the U.K. financial watchdog for mis-handling payment protection insurance complaints. The bank's stock was trading 0.3% lower on Friday.

5. Thursday market recap: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 170 points while the S&P 500 was down 0.9% and the Nasdaq shrunk by 0.8%.

6 reasons Grexit wouldn’t be a total disaster

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Greece has edged closer to default and possible exit from the eurozone after opting to postpone its 300 million euro ($337 million) payment to the International Monetary Fund.

But somehow, the prospect of Greece dropping out of the euro is not freaking out global markets as much as it once did.

Here is why a Grexit, while undoubtedly painful, might be much less of a deal now than in 2012 or back in 2010, when the eurozone was on the brink of collapse.

1. Stronger creditors: The structure of Greece's debt has changed dramatically. In 2010, 85% of Greek debt was held by private investors, leaving them with plenty to lose.

That ratio has flipped since then -- recent data from Open Europe show that 80% of Greek government debt is now held by governments and other institutions, such as the IMF and the ECB, which are better equipped to deal with a potential Greek default.

2. Risk is spread out: No single bank holds a significant chunk of the debt either, so no one creditor would take too much of a hit. Plus, foreign banks held just $46 billion of Greek debt at the end of 2014. That compares to $300 billion in 2010, according to data from Wells Fargo and the Bank for International Settlements.

And global banks aren't being punished despite the fact that the debt standoff is shaking confidence in the Greek financial system. Shares in the biggest Greek banks Piraeus (BPIRF) and Alpha Bank (ALBKF) have dropped by 51% and 32%, respectively, since the start of the year.

Related: Greece delays IMF payment as cash runs short

3. No fear of domino effect: Greece looks gloomy, but Portugal, Italy and Spain -- the other "troubled" eurozone countries -- are doing much better after working through their own painful bailout programs.

Bond yields tell the story. Investors are more willing to lend their money to the rest of the group, because they are less afraid these countries would follow Greece out of the eurozone.

Spain's 10-year bond yields now stand at 2.2%, compared to 7% in 2010. In fact, both Spain and Italy can currently borrow money cheaper than the U.S.

Related: Spain's economy charging ahead

4. ECB stimulus: The European Central Bank unveiled a big stimulus program in January, making investors very happy. The $1.3 trillion bond buying program is expected to help boost eurozone's growth. The cheap cash can help offset any potential fallout from Greece.

5. Economy growing: Europe, although battling the effects of a long recession, is in better shape now compared to the last time a Grexit was on the cards in 2012.

The eurozone economy grew by 0.4% in the first quarter, compared with the final quarter of 2014. The annual rate of growth picked up to 1%.

Related: Merkel says Greece needs to make 'harsh reforms'

6. New plan for member states: When the eurozone crisis first struck in 2010, the bloc's leaders didn't have any framework to turn to if a member state runs into troubles.

Since then, eurozone countries established the $800 billion bailout fund for emergency loans. They also agreed on rules on how countries can access this money.

Related: Grim economic news piles pressure on Greece

NBA Finals: Under Armour, 1. Nike, 0.

Stephen Curry may become 'Golden' boy of Madison Ave.

The NBA Finals aren't just a matchup of LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors.

It's also a head-to-head (or foot-to-foot?) battle between athletic apparel giants Nike and Under Armour. And after Game 1, Under Armour is winning -- despite LeBron's monster night in an overtime thriller.

That's because Curry is an Under Armour spokesman. The Curry One shoe came out earlier this year. (Curry actually was with Nike before joining Under Armour in 2013.)

LeBron has his own line of Nike (NKE) sneakers. Nike, like LeBron, already has a championship pedigree. But Under Armour (UA) and Curry want to show the world that they are the new kings of basketball.

Related: Can Steph Curry be an ad star like LeBron?

Here's a more detailed look at how the two companies stack up against each other.

The stats. Nike remains the dominant player in the industry. The company reported sales of $7.5 billion in its most recent quarter. The stock is in the blue chip Dow Jones industrial average. Nike is worth $88 billion.

By way of comparison, Under Armour's latest quarterly sales were $805 million. And the company's market value is $17 billion.

But Under Armour -- the David to Nike's Goliath -- has a lot going for it.

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Its sales rose 25% in the first quarter. Nike's revenues were up 13%.

Under Armour's stock has soared 16% this year compared to a 7% gain for Nike. It's a continuation of a trend. Shares have outperformed Nike by a wide margin over the past few years as well.

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Wall Street is also predicting that Under Armour's earnings will increase 23% annually over the next few years -- nearly double Nike's projected growth rate.

The celebrities. In addition to its deal with Curry, Under Armour also sponsors Jordan Spieth -- who became a golf superstar this April after he won the Masters in a performance reminiscent of all-time greats Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady endorses Under Armour, too.

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And even though Brady's reputation has taken a hit after he was suspended for the "Deflategate" scandal, he is still a 3-time Super Bowl MVP and reigning champ. (Silly Pete Carroll!)

But Nike is no slouch when it comes to star athletes either of course.

LeBron's teammate Kyrie Irving is on the Nike payroll. So are other NBA stars, such as Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Kevin Durant stayed with Nike after getting a big offer last year to jump ship for Under Armour.

And a former player you may have heard of also still represents the Swoosh. Michael Jordan.

Outside of basketball, Nike also has deals with Spieth rival Rory McIlroy and tennis stars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.

Who does Wall Street like best? Sam Poser, an analyst with Sterne Agee CRT, has a "buy" rating on Under Armour and a "neutral" on Nike.

Poser said that while Nike's business is "phenomenal," he is worried about the stock's valuation.

Nike trades at nearly 26 times earnings estimates for its next fiscal year.

Under Armour is much more expensive -- at about 54 times 2016 profit forecasts -- but Poser thinks Under Armour is worth it because of its sales and earnings momentum.

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Susan Anderson, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets & Co., agrees. She said Under Armour deserves the premium price and has the stock rated an "outperform" while Nike is a "market perform."

"Nothing is necessarily wrong with Nike. It's just not growing as much," she said.

Poser said Under Armour has more to gain from NBA Finals exposure than Nike does since Under Armour is a smaller company. Nike, Poser says, is already "the big Kahuna" of sports.

If Curry plays well and the Warriors win, that could really boost Under Armour's awareness significantly around the world.

"Under Armour is really hitting their stride as they look to break into footwear even more," Anderson said, adding that Under Armour could steal market share from Puma and Adidas (ADDYY) as it moves closer to Nike.

"They have so much more room to grow. Their market share in international is still very tiny," she said. "The emergence of Curry is perfect timing."

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Shell’s former chair calls fossil fuel divestment ‘rational’

deep water oil rigMark Moody-Stuart, former chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, lends credit to divestment movement by calling oil stock selling 'rational.'

The former chairman of Royal Dutch Shell said selling oil stocks is a "rational" response to the failure of the oil industry to take meaningful action on climate change.

He is the latest to lend support to the growing campaign for investors to dump shares of fossil fuel companies.

"Divestment is a rational approach," Mark Moody-Stuart was quoted by the Guardian as saying during a recent dinner in London. "If you think your money can be used somewhere else, you should switch it. Selective divestment or portfolio-switching is actually what investors should be doing."

Moody-Stuart starting working as a geologist at Shell in the 1960s. He worked his way up to being Shell's chairman from 1998 to 2001. Shell (RDSA) is the world's largest publicly-traded oil company by revenue.

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The movement for investors to sell stocks in fossil fuel companies -- oil, gas and coal -- is growing. The argument is being made on both moral and financial grounds.

Morally, advocates say that it's unethical to invest in an industry that's contributing so much to climate change.

Financially, proponents argue that it's a smart move because the value of these companies is largely based how much oil and coal they own in the ground. It's quite likely that some or all of those assets will never be able to be burned in a warming world, especially if governments enact stronger policies to combat climate change.

"The fact that even old oil company executives understand [divestment's] necessity is fairly stunning," Bill McKibben, an environmental activist and leader of the divestment movement.

The fossil fuel divestment push began in the environmental community, but it's been gaining more mainstream traction. Last fall, Norway's largest pension fund said it will sell all its coal shares.

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A year ago, Stanford University said it would no longer invest in coal companies after students and faculty petitioned the school to take action against climate change. In April, Syracuse University went a step further and said that it will no longer invest in publicly-traded companies whose primary business is fossil fuel extraction.

Perhaps the most high-profile divestment to date came in September when the $860 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund shocked the world by committing to dump all its holdings in fossil fuels. The Rockefeller family made much of its fortune off the Standard Oil Company at the turn of the 20th Century.

-- CNNMoney's Heather Long contributed to this report

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