Stock Market Today

Here's What's Going On with the Dow Jones Today

Dow Jones today, June 3, 2014: The Dow Jones today (Tuesday) is indicating it will move higher at opening bell, while the Nasdaq appears weak. On Monday, the Dow and Standard & Poor's 500 Index finished at record-high levels.

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

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Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Takes Aim at Rivals at WWDC

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) did not unveil any sexy new hardware at its annual developer's conference today (Monday), but what was discussed tells us a lot about the company's long-term strategy.

It appears that as Apple CEO Tim Cook has watched rival hardware makers using Google's Android copy the iPhone and iPad, he has realized that trying to stay ahead of the competition by dreaming up more new features that will be quickly copied is not the answer.

That's why the features revealed at WWDC focused on the one advantage Apple knows its rivals can’t easily copy…

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The Apple Stock Split: What Investors Need to Know (AAPL)

Now that the Apple stock split (Nasdaq: AAPL) has arrived – today is the record date – investors need to know exactly what's happening and how it will affect them.

Since the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant announced the 7-for-1 stock split on April 23, AAPL stock has gone up 18.5% to $630 a share.

Here’s why the company did it and how the split will affect investors...

Income Investing

Dividend-Paying Stocks: 18 New Increases for Yield Seekers

Investors' appetite for top dividend-paying stocks continues to grow as U.S. companies get more generous with distributions.

Annual dividend stock payouts by S&P 500 companies totaled $34.80 per share in 2013, and that amount is expected to grow 9.9% to a record $38.98 a share this year, thanks to the record $1.1 trillion cash sitting on companies' balance sheets as of April 1, 2014.

Following are the 18 dividend stocks raising payouts in the week ending May 30.

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Futures Higher Today Following Friday's Record-Breaking Session

Dow Jones futures today, June 2, 2014: Dow Jones futures were up this morning (Monday) after the Dow Jones Industrial Average squeezed out a record-breaking close on Friday. The Standard and Poor's 500 followed suit, setting up for a positive start today following its own record-high on Friday. Nasdaq futures were also higher before market open.

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

Emerging Markets

This Is Like Investing in China… In 1980

Hardly anyone would argue that China isn't an economic miracle.

Over the last 20 years, its 1.3 billion people have propelled the Chinese economy into the world's No. 2 spot.

But two decades of blistering 10% annual growth have moderated to 7%.

However, a potential sea change is underway in its southern neighbor, India.

With a new, impressive prime minister, and a burgeoning consumer population, they're setting up as the next economic miracle… Full Story

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What the Stock Market Did Today: More Record Highs

What the Stock Market Did Today, May 30, 2014: The stock market today (Friday) was flat on weaker-than-expected consumer spending data. Consumer spending represents a little more than 70% of all U.S. economic activity. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that consumer spending slid by 0.1% in April, the first downturn in a year.

Here's the scorecard from today's trading session:

DOW: 16,717.17, +0.11%
S&P 500: 1,923.57, +0.18%
NASDAQ: 4,242.62, -0.13%

And here are the top stories from the stock market today…

Alibaba IPO

As Alibaba IPO Date Nears, Counterfeiters Told to Knock It Off

As the Alibaba IPO date approaches, the company is racing to resolve an issue with counterfeit products on its site that threatens to undermine investor confidence.

Compared to a few years ago, Alibaba has made a major effort to weed out listings of knockoff products and go after the groups selling them. Last year alone Alibaba removed 100 million listings of fakes suspected to violate intellectual property rules, and the company now spends $16.1 million each year to fight the problem.

But has it done enough to satisfy potential investors?

Penny Stocks Today

Three of the Best Penny Stocks to Buy Right Now in the Healthcare Sector

Investors have been scrambling to nab the best penny stocks to buy right now. According to The Wall Street Journal, throughout 2014 investors have been pumping funds into penny stocks for the chance to get large returns as the market continues a mostly-bullish run.

And buying penny stocks in a booming sector, like the healthcare industry, promises greater investment choices that are more likely to yield big returns.

Here are three of the best penny stocks to buy right now in the healthcare sector to get you started…

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Gold Price Per Ounce at a 16-Week Low – Here's What Is Going On

Today (Friday), gold price per ounce fell under $1,250 an ounce to a 16-week low. Prior to this five-day losing streak, gold price per ounce has been stuck in a tight trading range for weeks, struggling to consistently trade above the key $1,300 an ounce level.

Gold futures for August delivery fell by 0.8% to $1,246.50 an ounce this morning on the Comex in New York. And earlier, the price touched on $1,244.50, the lowest for a most-active contract since Feb. 3, according to Bloomberg.

Here’s what’s driving gold price per ounce, and how to play the yellow metal in 2014…

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