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Dow Jones Today Hits New Record as Healthcare Stocks Surge

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The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit new records Tuesday, boosted by healthcare stocks. The Dow added 40 points after a fresh round of mergers and acquisitions fueled domestic optimism. Investors also grow more hopeful Japan's stimulus efforts will drive the world's third-largest economy out of recession.

Here's the scorecard from today's trading session, plus the day's top stories.

How We'll Play the 2014 Year-End Rally

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With the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 indices repeatedly making new highs, chances are better than good that markets will rally through year-end.

There are lots of reasons why stocks are headed higher, but one in particular is telling.

It's really a simple one, yet too many people have overlooked it; indeed, most wouldn't even give it enough thought.

And that would be a big mistake.

You see, if you understand that one compelling reason, you can pick some winners, and pocket big profits, yourself...

Stock Market Futures Up on Republican Midterm Victories

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This morning, stock market futures indicate a rise from yesterday's close on news that the Republican Party will control both chambers of Congress in 2015.

The GOP picked up at least seven Senate seats during Tuesday's election, with the opportunity to snag an additional three in the coming weeks in Alaska, Louisiana, and Virginia.

Here's what else you should know - including our Money Morning "Tip of the Day" - in stock market news today...

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