Stock Market Today

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Today: Another Fed-Fueled Rally – or a "Quadruple Witching"?

Good morning! The Dow Jones today Friday could ride yesterday's Fed-driven 421-point surge. Or it could fall on "quadruple witching" – a market-dropping phenomenon that occurs when the expirations of single-stock futures, index options, index futures, and stock options all happen the same day.

Today, investors will listen to two speeches from members of the Fed Open Market Committee. They'll also watch for the S&P 500 to continue its 4.5% run since Wednesday morning.

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...

Stock Market Today

RAD Stock Surges in Tandem with Stock Market Futures

Good morning! Stock market futures for Thursday, Dec. 18, forecasted a 138-point gain from yesterday's close.

The Dow Jones jumped 288 points Wednesday on news that the U.S. Federal Reserve plans to be "patient" with its timeline for raising interest rates. Markets were also fueled by a surge in energy stocks, which received a slight bump from rising oil prices and declining capex spending across Canada.

Today, investors will focus on Russia, weekly jobless claims, and notable earnings reports from Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN) – and a Wall Street beat just in from Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) that has sent shares up more than 13.5% pre-market.

Here are the other top stock market news stories for Thursday, Dec. 18...

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Fed Meeting Today Sends Dow Jones 288 Points Higher

Today's Fed meeting gave the Dow Jones a boost. The blue-chip benchmark jumped 288 points on news the Federal Reserve plans to be patient with its timeline for raising interest rates.

The S&P 500 jumped 2% on the day, its largest gain for 2014. The VIX, the market's volatility gauge, plunged more than 17% on the day.

Here's a closer look at what moved the markets today...

Stock Market Today

Dow Futures Down on Ford Downgrade and China Production Struggles

Dow futures are forecasting a drop in the markets today (Tuesday).

This comes after a 100-point fall in the Dow the day before, just as Ford Motor Co. suffered a downgrade from an analyst and the international markets were hit with a flurry of troubling economic news.

Here's what else you'll need to know today to make the day a profitable one...

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Dow Jones Ends Three-Day Losing Streak Today

The Dow Jones broke its three-day slump Thursday, posting a gain of 63 points. The markets jumped on strong employment and retail sales data.

Jobless claims slipped to a three-week low of 294,000 Americans this morning, lower than the four-week moving average. In addition, retail sales for November hit their highest growth level in eight months.

Here are the top stories from today's trading session...

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Stock Market Futures Today Watching EBAY Job Cuts Post-Spin-Off

Stock market futures are showing an increase in the Dow this morning (Thursday) after yesterday's big slide

In e-commerce news, it looks like eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) is preparing for big cuts to its global workforce in the wake of its spinoff earlier this year.

Also, investors are keeping a close eye on the falling oil prices, which are at historically bearish levels.

Here's what else you need to know to make today profitable.

Stock Market Today

Dow Jones Today Sheds 51 Points on Global Equity Rout

The Dow Jones today ended down 51 points, fueled by a global equities sell-off. The markets did bounce back from session lows in the final hour as investors found value on several oversold stocks.

The price of gold surged back above the $1,200 level, rising nearly 3% on the day. The VIX, the market's volatility gauge, jumped 5% on the day.

Here's today's scorecard - plus the top stories from the stock market today...

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