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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Hits New Record Close

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average today eked out a 13-point gain to hit another closing high. The S&P 500 remained in the red, however, as energy stocks slid and retailers reported weak earnings for the March-ending quarter.

This morning, U.S. housing starts jumped to their highest levels in roughly seven and a half years, while new permits rose.

Here are the day's top stories, stocks to watch, and need-to-know financial news...

DJIA Index Hits New Record as Rate Concerns Subside

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The DJIA Index and the S&P 500 both hit new record highs today as concerns about interest rate hikes faded and traders overlooked weakness in the housing markets.

Investors also largely ignored concerns raised over the weekend regarding Greece's ongoing debt woes and worries that the nation is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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DJIA Index Erases Early Gains, Ends Session with 7-Point Loss

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The DJIA Index erased early gains to end today's session down 7 points on news that retail sales slumped in April, fueling new concerns that second-quarter growth may not rebound as projected by economists.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said markets are facing another "taper tantrum" when the central bank increases interest rates in the near future.

Here are more top stories from today, plus stocks to watch...

Why the Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Fell 36 Points

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The DJIA Index pared early triple-digit losses as U.S. Treasury prices reversed course, but the index still lost 36 points on the day.

Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) was the biggest drag on the Dow today, slipping 1.73%. Other big movers today include AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL), Pall Corp. (NYSE: PLL), and Rackspace Hosting Inc. (NYSE: RAX).

Find out what's behind their big moves, plus get more top stories from today's trading session...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Today: 85-Point Decline

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average today slipped 85 points on renewed concerns over Greece's debt problems and a downturn in the Chinese economy.

In addition, falling oil prices weighed down the energy sector this afternoon. Shares of Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) all fell more than 1% today.

Here are the day's biggest stories plus top stocks to watch...

Why the Market Is Up Today

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The DJIA Index surged 267 points Friday as a strong jobs report suggests the U.S. economy is gaining steam. The U.S. Labor Department said the economy added 228,000 jobs and the unemployment rate hit 5.4% in April.

The news could press the U.S. Federal Reserve to provide a clearer timeline for when it will raise interest rates.

Here are the biggest stories from the stock market today, plus top stocks to watch…

Why the DJIA Index Rose Today – 82-Point Gain

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The DJIA Index jumped 82 points, fueled by a rally in tech stocks and a downturn in global interest rates.

This morning, weekly jobless claims slipped to their lowest level in 15 years, creating even more anticipation for tomorrow's monthly employment report.

Here are the top stories from today, plus stocks to watch...

DJIA Index Plunges 142 Points on Weak Trade Data

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The DJIA Index slumped 142 points on weak economic trade data that suggests the U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter.

Although GDP registered at 0.2% growth during the first reading last week, a surge in imports to levels not seen since October 2008 hints that future revisions might trend downward.

Here are the day's top market stories, plus stocks on the move today...

DJIA Index Gains 46 Points as Healthcare Stocks Jump

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The DJIA Index jumped more than 46 points on Monday as healthcare stocks surged higher and shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) pushed the financial sector into the green.

Merger talks reemerged in the cable industry as Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) executives have reached out to Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) management to discuss a possible deal.

Here are the day's top stories, plus top stocks to watch...

DJIA Index Craters 195 Points Today on Economic Woes

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The DJIA Index lost 195 points Thursday, fueled by disappointing economic data and earnings reports. Biotech stocks were a major drag on the Nasdaq, with the Nasdaq Biotech Index falling 3%.

The price of oil per barrel rallied higher toward $60 today. The month-long surge in oil prices inspire confidence that Brent and WTI will continue to rise to new yearly highs.

Here are the day’s top stories, plus top stocks to watch...

DJIA Index Slips 42 Points Ahead of Fed Meeting

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The DJIA Index fell 42 points today, while the biotech sector dragged down the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq Biotech Index cratered 4.1% in the sector's largest daily decline in nearly a month.

On Tuesday, U.S. investors will be back on "Fed Watch," as the Fed Open Market Committee kicks off a two-day meeting to discuss monetary policy.

Here are more top stories from today, plus stocks to watch...

MCD, Visa Stock Move DJIA Index to 88-Point Gain Today

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The DJIA Index gained 88 points today after investors weighed earnings reports from a number of prominent companies.

Currency swings are heightening pressures on many multinational companies. But strong housing numbers and a change in China's financial policy that will allow U.S. credit card processors to operate in the massive market gave the markets a boost today.

Here are the day's top stories, including key stocks to watch...

DJIA Today Falls 85 Points on Mixed Earnings Reports

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The DJIA today slid 85 points as corporate earnings continue to show the effects of a strong U.S. dollar. The dollar has surged more than 9% year to date and punished companies with a broad international focus and reliance on overseas sales.

The Nasdaq moved 19 points higher on news of a proposed biotech merger.

Here are the day's top stories, including stocks to watch...

DJIA Index Soars 208 Points Monday for Biggest Gain in 3 Weeks

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The DJIA Index rose 208 points Monday. The rally was fueled by better than expected earnings reports and news that China slashed commercial bank reserve requirements by 1%.

In its second industry-wide cut in two months to this metric, the nation has freed up roughly $200 billion for lending in an effort to stave off slowing economic growth.

Here's a look at the other top stories from today's trading session, including top stocks to watch...

China Woes, Strong Dollar Push DJIA Index to 279-Point Loss Friday

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The DJIA Index fell 279 points today as currency challenges and economic concerns in China and Europe rattled investors. China's GDP growth rate hit the lowest level in six years.

Oil prices declined today after Baker Hughes Inc. announced the U.S. rig count fell to the lowest level since 2010. WTI crude slipped 1.23% to hit $56.01 per barrel. Brent oil fell 0.52% to $63.65 per barrel.

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