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Dow Jones Today Will Wrestle with Slow Global Growth and FOMC Minutes

Dow Jones today, October 8, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped heavily Tuesday after renewed concerns about global growth reemerged and investors took money off the table ahead of earnings season. The sharp selloff was led by cyclical stocks, which are typically tied to the pace of economic growth.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Wednesday profitable…

Global economy

The European Crisis Is Going Global – and We're Along for the Ride

After printing $4 trillion since 2008, we've little to show for it.

Endless debates about the effectiveness of QE, or its lack thereof, haven't spawned better decisions, especially in Europe. Think periphery nations like Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

Better yet, take a look at the stock market, where worries about Europe's economy rattled investors. It's certainly not a pretty picture….

Recently one European national leader offered a somewhat unique response for dealing with the financial crisis and debt bubble.

It appears an unorthodox, yet sound, approach on the surface. But when you scratch beneath, it turns out just the opposite is true.

Developed economies would do well to consider the true state of this country's example of a "model" recovery before an even more catastrophic, debt-ridden future arrives, and erupts… Full Story

Hot Stocks

Forget Cars; Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Wants to Power Your Entire City

The small lithium-ion batteries that Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) uses to power its luxury $70,000 (base price) electric cars look very similar to the AA batteries you put in your television remote. They're about 2.5 inches long and the Tesla Model S sedan uses thousands of them to travel for 265 miles on a single charge.

But the applications for these tiny batteries are much bigger than just electric cars...

Alibaba

Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) Stock Will Bring "Legacy" Profits to Investors

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) and BABA stock have long been compared to Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), but according to Money Morning's Executive Editor Bill Patalon, those comparisons are way off.

In fact, Patalon says Alibaba is actually more like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) the retail giant that has made its initial investors incredibly wealthy since it went public in 1969.

And that's excellent news for BABA shareholders, because WMT is one of the greatest "legacy" profit stories in history...

Emerging Markets

Investing in India: 600 Million Reasons to Keep Your Eyes on This Country

At Madison Square Garden on Sept. 28, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to our nation's top corporate and political leaders that India is now open for business.

As old as India's culture is, millions of its citizens seek the contemporary American dream of opportunity and prosperity.

Here's how Modi plans to deliver on this promise - and what it means for those investing in India...

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Futures Down Today on Weak European Data

Stock market futures, Oct. 7, 2014: The U.S. stock markets slipped on Monday during a busy day for the tech and healthcare sectors.

In a surprise announcement on Monday, Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) said it will split into two separate companies and lay off nearly 5,000 employees. The firm will split into two listed companies, one a personal computer business and the other a manufacturer of printers. Hewlett-Packard shares were up more than 4.5% on the day.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Tuesday profitable:

Investing tips

Add Easy "Muscle" to Your Returns

Former Fidelity Magellan Fund manager Peter Lynch used to tell investors to "buy what you know."

It's good advice.

Granted, you may not be able to do that with every investment you make.

But if you look for as many opportunities as possible to employ this philosophy, chances are you'll end up adding some real muscle to your portfolio.

Here's why I was thinking about Lynch, who shared his investing philosophies with millions of individual investors in such runaway best-sellers as One Up On Wall Street...

Biotech Investing

Investing in Biotech Stocks: Use This One Simple Strategy to Limit Risk and Maximize Gains

It's a common thought that investing in biotech stocks is just too risky for the average investor – but that's not the case.

It's true that biotechnology stocks can be very volatile – especially when companies have developmental drugs going through clinical trials – so they aren't the right stocks for every investor. But when investors are able to limit risk, they can find their portfolio's biggest profits from biotech.

Money Morning's BioScience Investment Strategist Ernie Tremblay recommends investors use this one simple strategy when investing in biotech.

It helps limit risk and maximize profits. Take a look…

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Today Falls 17 Points in Volatile Trading, but HPQ Gains 4% on Split News

The Dow Jones today slipped 17 points in a busy day for the tech and healthcare sectors. The S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), the market's fear gauge, was up 6.25% on the day.

In a surprise announcement, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) said it will split into two separate companies and lay off nearly 5,000 employees, causing HPQ shares to gain more than 4% on the day.

Here are the top stories from today’s trading…