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Dow Jones Today Soars 421 Points for Best Gain in 3 Years

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The Dow Jones today surged another 421 points as investors continued to cheer the U.S. Federal Reserve's timeline for raising interest rates. Technology stocks led today's charge, with Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) gaining 10% on strong quarterly earnings, and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) adding nearly 2.3%.

The VIX, the market's fear gauge, plunged more than 13.5% on the day.

Here are the top stories from the stock market today...

Fed Meeting Today Sends Dow Jones 288 Points Higher

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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...

Santa Claus Rally 2014 Is Not the Real Reason Stocks Will Rise

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The term "Santa Claus Rally" refers to a seasonal bump in stock prices over the last week of the year - specifically, the last five trading days of December, and the first two of January. This year it falls from Dec. 24 to Jan. 5.

The Dow has seen a Santa Claus Rally more than 77% of the time since 1896. Over that 117-year span, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained an average of 1.7% during that week.

Will we see another seasonal rally this year? Our experts say yes, but not for the reason you might expect...

DJIA Today: Another Volatile Session Ends on Triple-Digit Loss

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DJIA Today, Dec. 15, 2014: The Dow Jones tallied another triple digit loss after violent swings near the end of the day.

Investors remained confident that the Federal Reserve plans to support the ongoing economic recovery in the United States, while Russia's economy continues to deteriorate at the hands of sanctions.

Here's what you need to know in today's markets.

Dow Jones Ends Three-Day Losing Streak Today

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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...

Dow Jones Today Sheds 51 Points on Global Equity Rout

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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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