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Dow Jones Today Hits New Record as Healthcare Stocks Surge

Dow Jones

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.

Stock Market Futures Up on Republican Midterm Victories

Stock market futures

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...

Dow Jones Today Gains 17 Points Despite Plunging Energy Stocks – Here's Why

Stock Market Today

U.S. stock markets were mixed Monday as investors await the results of today's midterm elections. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 ended the day in the red. The Dow Jones today tacked on 17 points. With oil prices slumping more than 3% to multi-year lows Tuesday, energy stocks plunged again.

Here's today's scorecard, as well as the day's most important market notes...