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Stock Market Today

Facebook Stock (Nasdaq: FB) Gets Boost from Acquisition in Stock Market Today

Stock market today, Friday, Jan. 9: Good morning! Stock market futures Friday morning forecast a 31-point gain from yesterday's close. On Thursday, the Dow Jones rallied 323 points on expectations that the European Central Bank will take more aggressive action to stave off deflation and debt crisis, coupled with swirling optimism for the U.S. economy.

Today will center on jobs, jobs, and more jobs. This morning, the December jobs report indicated that the U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs last month, surpassing consensus expectations of 240,000. As a result, the U.S. unemployment rate slipped to 5.6%.

While that may fuel a short-term surge in the markets, investors remain cautious about the Federal Reserve's desire to raise interest rates this year. In a speech yesterday, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota said that the central bank should not increase rates in 2015; however, he is not a voting member of the FOMC this year. That sentiment was followed by voting-member Charles Evans. The Chicago Fed President told a CNBC audience this morning that the U.S. job markets have shown strong growth. But, he said, he'd like the central bank to wait until 2016 to raise interest rates.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Friday...

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Buy Yahoo Stock, Just Don’t Place Your Bets Solely on Mayer

Those tempted to buy Yahoo stock because they see it one day dethroning the likes of Google or Facebook should be reminded of where Yahoo’s true value lies.

Especially since every small victory Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) seems to secure is invariably greeted as evidence that Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is successfully breathing new life into a struggling, once-great web portal and online services giant.

The truth is, the Yahoo turnaround has yet to happen. It’s a buy only because of this one share-price driver…

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Futures Today Predict Another Triple-Digit Gain

Good Morning! Stock market futures today forecast a 159-point surge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average over yesterday's close on rising optimism for the U.S. economy.

What to Watch Today: markets are on the rise as investors show confidence in the U.S. economy ahead of tomorrow's December U.S. jobs report. Yesterday, ADP reported private employers added 241,000 jobs in the United States in December, surpassing consensus expectations of 226,000.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday:

Stock Market Today

Stock Market 2015: Here's What Investors Need to Focus On

The jittery stock market in 2015 has some investors looking in strange places for answers.

Some look for guidance in unusual market patterns. For example, when the stock market rises in the first five days of the year, it ends the year higher 85% of the time.

Others are looking for connections to short-term events, such as the fall in oil prices or the current cold snap.

But Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald sees those as mere distractions.

For his insights on the stock market in 2015 - and how to play it - watch this video.

Stock Market Today

DJIA Today: What's Behind Monday's 331-Point Plunge

DJIA Today, Jan. 5, 2015: The Dow dropped 331 points Monday as oil prices slumped and investors sold off on concerns about increased geopolitical tensions in Greece.

The S&P 500 fell 1.8% on the day. It's the first time since 2008 that the S&P 500 has fallen more than 1% on the first or second trading day of the year.

Here's a look at the top stories from the stock market today...

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Futures Suggest Cheerful Kickoff to 2015 Trading

Happy New Year! Stock market futures for Friday, Jan. 2, forecasted a 76-point gain for the first day of trading in 2015. The markets will look to set the tone for another strong year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index increased by 7.5% in 2014; meanwhile, both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite increased by more than 11% for the year.

Today, investors will react to a slew of economic data…

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Stock Market Today

Stock Market Today Closes 2014 with These Top Stories

Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today (Wednesday) will open up slightly on the final day of trading in 2014. Today, the markets will close at 2 p.m. ahead of the New Year's Holiday.

What to Watch Today: The markets are reacting to weekly jobless gains, which came in higher than expected at 298,000. European markets remained balanced this morning despite ongoing drama from Greece, where its political future remains uncertain.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Wednesday:

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Today Sheds 55 Points on the Final Full Trading Day of 2014

The Dow Jones today dropped more than 55 points on a day of light trading volumes and profit-taking on the last full trading day of 2014.

Concerns about falling oil prices remained central to the energy sector, while utilities were the biggest decliners of the day.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), markets will close early on New Year's Eve. Here's what you need to know to end the year...

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