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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Slides on FOMC Rate Hike News

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average today is down because investors still fear a rate hike in June.

Despite issues with the global economy, the Federal Reserve is hinting that June rate hike is not off the table.

But that's not the only news investors need to focus on today- here's all your important stock market updates for May 19...

Why the Rally Really Stopped This Week

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Stocks finally broke their five-week winning streak as the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 87 points or 0.5% on the week to close at 17,515.73. The S&P 500 dropped 14 points or 0.7% to 2035.94, while the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.5% to 4773.50.

All in all, it was a quiet holiday-shortened week in which investors ignored a major terrorist attack in Brussels and comments from several Federal Reserve governors that they are itching to raise interest rates.

Apparently both terrorists and Fed governors are losing their ability to frighten investors.

What To Expect From This Bear Market Rally

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Stocks rallied for the third straight week in what appears to be a classic bear market rally. Investors should count their good luck and use higher prices as an opportunity to reduce equity exposure or hedge stocks they don't want to sell. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped by 367 points or 2.2% to 17,006.77 while the S&P 500 rose by 52 points or 2.7% to 1999.99. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 2.8% to 4717.02. The major averages have gained about 10% since their February lows, giving investors hope that the worst is over.

I do not believe it is. Despite some moderately positive economic news last week, the global economy remains depressed and the prospects for significantly higher stock prices are low. Let me explain...

Crippled European Banks Threaten a New Crisis

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Only a short-covering rally on Friday saved stocks from a truly horrendous performance last week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 231 points or 1.4% to close at 15973.84 on the week while the S&P 500 dropped 15 points of 0.8% to end the week at 1864.78. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.6% on the week to finish at 4337.51.

All three indexes are solidly in the red for the year with the Dow down -8.33%, the S&P 500 down -8.77% and the de-FANGed Nasdaq down -13.38%.

Bear Market 2016: How Much Lower Is the Dow Headed?

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This bear market won't give investors a break in 2016.

More than 50% of the S&P 500 stocks are down 20% or more from their 52-week highs. And the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down nearly 11% from its May highs.

And the Dow will fall even further in the next few months...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Plunges Again: What to Do Next

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At times like the present, one question inevitably rises to the very top of the heap... what do I do next? Sadly, millions of investors will never know.

For them, the markets are like a one-way street to financial hell. Lacking any sort of cohesive plan, they lurch from one "investment" to another only to doom themselves to sub-par returns.

Fortunately, you're not among them. You're here, and that gives you a tremendous advantage, especially on days like today, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets.

So let's tackle that question with an answer that is as powerful as it is simple. And, while we're at it, let's highlight a recommendation that's uniquely suited for today's chaotic markets...

Why the Dow Jones Industrial Average Is Falling Today – 1/5/16

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Good morning! Dow Jones Industrial Average futures today (Tuesday, Jan. 5) were down 34 points ahead of the opening bell.

A massive sell off in the Asian markets triggered circuit breakers that suspend trading during times of massive volatility yesterday, and the U.S. markets are still reacting to the news.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Tanks Today After China's Market Crashes

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Good morning! Dow Jones Industrial Average futures today (Monday, Jan. 4) were down 316 points ahead of the opening bell.

A massive sell off in the Asian markets triggered circuit breakers that suspend trading during times of massive volatility. But not before Mainlaind Chinese stocks cratered.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Up Today as Oil Prices Stabilize

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Good morning! Dow Jones Industrial Average futures today (Tuesday, Dec. 29) were up 62 points ahead of opening bell.

Crude oil prices rallied last week and are slightly up by 0.76% this morning. Fears of oil glut and a pricing war between OPEC and non-OPEC producers dropped the price to $37.09 per barrel.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Down 74 Points as Oil Prices Slump

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Good morning! Dow Jones Industrial Average futures today (Monday, Dec. 28) were down 74 points ahead of opening bell.

Crude oil prices rallied last week but are down 3.18% this morning. Fears of oil glut and a pricing war between OPEC and non-OPEC producers dropped the price to $36.89 per barrel.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Up 22 Points on GDP Report

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Good morning! The Dow today (Tuesday, Dec. 22) gained 22 points in the opening hour.

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average is reacting to the third revision to Q3 U.S. GDP reports by the Commerce Department.

Crude oil prices are rising from 11-year lows to open the market. Despite fears of oil glut and a pricing war between OPEC and non-OPEC producers, oil prices have risen to $36.02 per barrel.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Up Today Despite Oil Prices Hitting 11-Year Low

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Good morning! The Dow today (Monday, Dec. 21) gained 139 points in the opening hour.

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average is still reacting to the Federal Reserve's decision last week to raise interest rates .

Crude oil prices came are at 11-year lows to open the market. Fears of oil glut and a pricing war between OPEC and non-OPEC producers dropped the price to $34.53 per barrel.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Up Today as FOMC Meeting Begins

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Good morning! The Dow today (Monday, Dec. 15) climbed 13 points in the opening hour.

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average is positively reacting to the Federal Reserve's meeting on whether or not interest rates should be raised.

Crude oil prices are volatile because of the FOMC meeting and fears of oil glut and a pricing war between OPEC and non-OPEC producers.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Down Today as Oil Prices Fall

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Good morning! The Dow today (Monday, Dec. 14) fell 20 points in the opening hour.

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average is reacting to the Federal Reserve's meeting next week on whether or not interest rates should be raised.

Crude oil prices came close to an 11-year low to open the market. Fears of oil glut and a pricing war between OPEC and non-OPEC producers dropped the price to $35.62 per barrel.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Will Try to Snap a 3-Day Losing Streak Today

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Good morning! Dow futures today (Thursday, Dec. 10) are up 25 points ahead of opening bell.

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average will aim to break a three-day losing streak.

Oil prices hit a new low amid concerns of oversupply following a meeting among members of OPEC. The global oil cartel recently chose to continue pumping oil at high volumes in order to protect market share.

Here's what else investors need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...