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These 3 Tech Stocks Will Profit Thanks to Today's Election

There's a 76.2% chance that the U.S. Senate will change hands today. Now, the prediction isn't my own – it comes from Nate Silver, an eerily accurate, tech-centric election forecaster.

This Republican surge is good news for tech investors if they want to profit from the big changes brewing in Washington.

So that's why I'm telling you now about three tech stocks that will dominate if the Senate turns Republican after the polls close tonight...

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Today Gains 17 Points Despite Plunging Energy Stocks – Here's Why

U.S. stock markets were mixed Monday as investors await the results of today's midterm elections. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 ended the day in the red. The Dow Jones today tacked on 17 points. With oil prices slumping more than 3% to multi-year lows Tuesday, energy stocks plunged again.

Here's today's scorecard, as well as the day's most important market notes...

Shale Energy Boom

This Shale Energy Stock to Buy Is Up More than 455%

When considering which shale oil and gas stock to buy, it's easy to forget about the companies reaping the rewards of the shale energy boom without ever drilling a well.

One such company has seen its stock rise 455% since March 2009.

This company has found multiple ways to profit from the shale energy boom.

And several powerful catalysts will continue to push this high-flyer even higher...

Income Investing

Dividend-Paying Stocks: 35 Notable Increases and Special Payouts

It's still a perfect time to look for more opportunities in dividend-paying stocks. Interest rates will remain low for months.

Money markets and CDs pay next to nothing. Stocks that sport attractive and growing dividends, many with yields high enough to compete with bonds, are the best option for income seekers.

Last week, 64 companies hiked payouts and 12 issued special dividends. Here are 35 notable enrichments announced during the week ending Oct. 31, 2014.

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Futures Watching XOM and CVX Amid Falling Oil Prices

This morning (Tuesday), stock market futures suggest an open 26 points below Monday's close as oil prices continue to fall on a rising dollar and the announcement that Saudi Arabia will slash oil prices to the U.S.

Today is also midterm election day, meaning American voters will decide how Democrats or Republicans will share power in Congress over the next two years.

Here's what else you should know in stock market news today.

The Fed

The Fed's Lost Grip on Interest Rates

As widely expected, the Fed finally ended its massive bond-purchasing program.

Now the market will turn its focus to interest rates.

Will the Fed raise rates next year? If so, what effects will that have?

The Fed is ultimately reactive, exerting little, if any, control in the long run. Low rates are here only as long as the Fed can manage them.

At that point, it is time to look out.

Here's what will cause us nightmares - and what we can do to avert a crisis in our investments...

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Today Dips Slightly, Waiting on Tomorrow's Midterms

Dow Jones Today: U.S. stock markets were mixed on Monday, although the Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit intraday records during today's session.

The market seems content to await the results of Tuesday's midterm elections and the upcoming October unemployment report on Friday.

Energy stocks took the biggest hit as oil prices slumped yet again. Here's what else you need to know...

Stock markets

What It Means for the Stock Market if the GOP Wins the Senate

With the midterm elections set for tomorrow (Tuesday) most political pundits are predicting that the Republicans will take enough seats in the Senate to regain a majority.

But what will that mean for the stock market today? Has Wall Street already factored in a GOP victory?

In this video Fitz-Gerald explains how the U.S. stock markets will react to the midterm elections - and what happens next...