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Stock Market News Today

Today (Monday), Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to discuss the top stock market news today.

The weather is today's biggest story, with a science fiction-like "polar vortex" sweeping across the country, engulfing an area stretching from the Deep South and East Coast to the Plains and Midwest in temperatures in the 20s and 30s below zero.

But can the weather have any effect on the stock market?

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How to Find the Best Small-Cap "Sparks" (in 90 Seconds or Less)

Today I'm going to show you how to find the best-performing small-cap stocks of 2014.

Employing the approach in 2013 helped spot some huge winners…

Puma Biotechnology, for example, jumped 452.2% in 2013, on a series of positive results and news related to its various clinical trials programs – a classic disruptive technology.

Tesla Motors is another great example. The luxury electric automaker trounced earnings estimates way back in the first quarter of 2013, which led to analyst upgrades… and, of course, a 344.1% gain for shareholders.

And then there was Netflix, which gained 279.6% after the company crushed fourth-quarter 2012 earnings, proving the company had righted its ship.

All very different businesses and industries, but one thing in common: sparks. They come in different shapes and sizes, but they all do the same thing: make you a lot of money.  

This year's first batch of gains can come quickly, too. Plug Power (PLUG) generated a spark on Jan. 2, confirming it had met fourth-quarter 2012 order targets. Shares jumped 34% that following morning… and were up another 35% by the next afternoon.

And here's the thing: Sparks are easy to find, too. No need to study ambiguous chart patterns, watch 24 hours of business news channels, or pore over valuations.  

All it takes is five simple steps…

All it takes is five simple steps...

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The Single-Best Way to Invest in Graphene Today

Imagine an "alternate reality" where it is possible to balance a Mack Bulldog tractor trailer on the sharpened tip of your No. 2 yellow pencil.

And imagine, also, that the tip of that same pencil is worth a small fortune.

This "reality" that I'm sketching out for you isn't something that I grabbed from the plot of one of those cheesy Sci-Fi Channel late-night movies.

In fact, this reality actually isn't one that I'd refer to as "alternate."

It's a reality – a certainty, in fact – that I've been studying, talking, and writing about for a long time.

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Your 2014 Investment Watch List

It's been a great year for the U.S. stock market. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up about 25%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 23%.

And Money Morning's gurus have done even better than that for their subscribers this year…

Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald decoded an 80% gain for readers of his Money Map Report with an insurance company that pays out a super dividend.

This is where serious investors will want to begin their year...

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The Most Interesting Companies of 2013

Today (Tuesday), Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to discuss whether the most interesting companies of 2013 will make for next year's best investments.

The four "interesting" companies highlighted by host Stuart Varney: Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA).

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Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) Stock: Biggest One-Day Drop Is a Warning Sign for Investors

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) stock took a 13% plunge on Friday in its biggest one-day drop since it went public on Nov. 7, a blip that should warn investors of bad things to come for the over-hyped social media sweetheart.

A downgrade to "Sell" by Macquarie Equity research analyst Ben Schachter on Friday was the likely culprit. The stock opened at $72 per share and closed at $63.75.

"Nothing has changed in the fundamentals to justify the sharp rise," Schachter told clients.

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Stock Market Today: Why Crocs (Nasdaq: CROX) Stock Soared 21%

Stock Market Today, Dec. 30: In the second-to-last trading day of the year, stocks are fairly flat except for some double-digit movers in the consumer and biotech sectors, like Crocs Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX) stock.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average today clutched a small gain of 25 points while both the Standard & Poor's 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index ended in the red. They fell about 0.02% and 0.06%, respectively.

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Stock Market News Today: Gains Continue After Record Highs

Stock Market News Today, Dec. 27: U.S. stocks are yet again forging higher in this post-Christmas holiday. As of 10:30 a.m., the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 22.5 points, or 0.14%, at 16,502.38. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up just 1.89 points, or 0.10%, at 1,843.91. The Nasdaq is up 2.70, or 0.06%, at 4,169.88.

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Make the Same Returns as the "Rich Guys" – Now

Large, successful investors have the same goals as smaller ones: raking in big profits.

But these "rich guys" often have more at stake when they make their trades: enormous investments.

For professional investors, there's more still: reputations, public scrutiny of their performance, and often their job…

It makes sense that they are going to go after big money…and do it smartly.

We can follow their lead and rack up the same huge returns…

But the key is knowing the right "rich guys" to follow.

After years of working as a Goldman Sachs trader, I've picked up the ability to spot them. Here's the best way you can, too...