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Dow Jones Industrial Average History: Why AAPL Just Became Worthy

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In the 128-year Dow Jones Industrial Average history, components have changed only 53 times.

Today (Friday) the iconic index announced its 54th Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will replace AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) on March 19.

AAPL - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732 billion - has long been considered for addition to the Dow.

But there's a good reason why Apple is only just now becoming part of the Dow 30...

DJIA Index Gains 38 Points on ECB Stimulus News

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The DJIA Index gained 38 points today. The reason? The European Central Bank announced plans to begin its massive stimulus program next week, while a large M&A deal rocked the healthcare sector.

Investors remain cautious about the markets ahead of Friday's U.S. jobs report. Gold prices slipped below $1,200 on the day.

Here are the day's top market stories, plus our new profit tip for investors...

Pre-Market Trading Activity Busy on European Central Bank Announcement

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Pre-market trading today (Thursday) shows DJIA futures posting a 44-point increase from the Dow close yesterday. 
This morning, the pre-market trading suggests investors are keeping a sharp eye on a meeting by the European Central Bank in Cyprus. 

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...

Why the DJIA Index Was Down Today

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The DJIA Index fell 85 points Tuesday, retreating from record territory. The cause? Lower than expected auto sales and mixed retail earnings reports.

The Nasdaq dipped back below the 5,000 level, giving up most of Monday's gains. The tech-heavy index was pulled down by Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which fell 1.3% and 2.15% on the day, respectively.

Here are the top stories from today, plus our new profit tip for investors...

DJIA Today Hits New Record, Nasdaq Tops 5,000 Again

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The DJIA today surged another 155 points, hitting a new record. The S&P 500 also hit a new record, while the Nasdaq crossed the 5,000 level for the first time since March 2000.

What caused the surge? Tech stocks led the way, fueling increased optimism in the sector. China also made a surprise announcement with its monetary policy. The news offset concerns about domestic data.

Here are the day's top stories, plus our new profit tip for investors...

DJIA Futures Up Today on These Top 7 News Stories

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Good Morning! DJIA futures today forecast a 23-point increase from Friday's close as investors await new economic data and an update on consumer spending.

What to Watch Today: Markets will react to a slew of economic data including updates on U.S. consumer spending, income levels, and construction figures.

Still, the real news in focus today is that China has slashed its interest rate for the second time in three months. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) cut its benchmark interest rates by another 25 basis points to 5.35% on Saturday.

Here's what else you should know about the DJIA futures - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Monday...

DJIA Index Notches 5.6% Gain in February

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The DJIA index dropped 82 points Friday. The cause? Mixed economic data, including a downward revision of fourth-quarter GDP.

Despite today's decline, the DJIA index had its best monthly gain since January 2013. Monthly gains were 5.5% for the S&P 500 - the biggest since October 2011 - and 7.1% for the Nasdaq, the biggest since January 2012.

Here are the day's top market stories - plus our new profit tip for investors...

DJIA Futures Pointing to Friday Decline

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Stock market today, February 27, 2015: Good morning! DJIA futures forecasted a 13-point decrease from yesterday's close. As of 9 a.m. EDT, DJIA futures read an 11-point (0.06%) loss.

This morning, investors are reacting to the second revision of the Q4 2014 GDP reading. The U.S. government said it grew a pace of 2.2%, which beat expected growth of 2.1% in fourth quarter. Still, the pace is a large decline from the Q3 2014 final reading of 5%.

Later this morning, the markets will keep an eye on the University of Michigan's final February count on consumer sentiment, and a report on pending January home sales.

DJIA futures and Friday's fresh economic data are just a part of the story in stock market news today. Here are the other top headlines - plus your "Money Morning Tip of the Day"...

DJIA Today Falls 10 Points as Oil Prices Weigh on Energy Sector

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The DJIA today shed 10 points, while the Nasdaq gained 20 points. Why were markets mixed? Oil prices slumped, dragging down the energy sector, while the Nasdaq saw a nice bump from a major tech deal.

Last week 313,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits. The data was higher than consensus expectations of 290,000 filings.

Here are the top market stories from today - plus our new profit tip for investors...

DJIA Today Moving on Unemployment, Housing Data

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Good Morning! Futures for Thursday, Feb. 26, forecast a 14-point gain for the DJIA today from yesterday's close.

What to Watch Today: This morning, investors will turn an eye to domestic data. News broke this morning that 313,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. The data was higher than consensus expectations of 290,000 filings. In addition, investors will watch for January readings on the Consumer Price Index and Durable Goods Orders.

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...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Hits New Record

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average today eked out a 15-point gain to close at yet another record high, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 retreated marginally.

Two things made for a choppy trading session today. First, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave no new information on when the central bank will raise rates. Second, data on new home sales were mixed.

Here are all the top stories from today, plus our new profit tip for investors...

DJIA Futures Flat Today After Yesterday's Closing Highs

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DJIA futures were flat this morning from yesterday's Dow close.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 92 points to close Tuesday at a new record high on news that Eurozone partners' acceptance of Greece's bailout plan and U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen offered insight on future interest rate hikes.

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...

DJIA Today Rises on Greece Bailout Plan, Yellen Testimony

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The DJIA today added 92 points to close at a new record high. The cause? Eurozone partners' acceptance of Greece's bailout plan, plus market-friendly words from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen about interest rates.

Yellen said during her testimony to Congress that the central bank will not raise interest rates for several more committee meetings.

Here are the other top stories from today - plus our new profit tip for investors...

DJIA Dips 23 Points Monday on Falling Oil Prices

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The DJIA retreated from record levels Monday. The cause? Crude oil prices slipped again on concerns of oversupply.

In addition, Greece's government delayed until tomorrow its presentation of proposed economic reforms to its Eurozone partners.

Residential real estate took a hit today on news that purchases of existing homes fell 4.9% in January.

Here are the other top market stories from today - plus our new profit tip for investors...

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