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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...

RAD Stock Surges in Tandem with Stock Market Futures

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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...

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...

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...

Dow Jones Today Slips Away from 18,000 in Triple-Digit Plunge

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The Dow Jones today plummeted more than 100 points after oil prices crashed to a new five-year low. The markets saw their worst one-day performance since October.

Crude prices slipped more than 4% on the day after Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) slashed its oil forecast through 2018. The investment bank said it expects oil prices to hit a new low in the second quarter of 2015.

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

Stock Market Today Moving on WMT, AAPL, and Uber News

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Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today will rise from yesterday's close. The Dow and the S&P 500 are forecasted to increase on rising oil prices and another surge in Asian markets.

What to watch today: keep an eye on global commodity prices in today's trading session, as global oil, gold, and silver prices are all rising.

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 Tuesday:

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