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Dow Jones Industrial Average Down Today on Slowing China Growth

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Monday, Oct. 19, 2015) were down 57 points as investors keep an eye on China and a busy week of earnings reports.

Early this morning, China reported an annualized GDP of 6.9%, a little ahead of consensus expectations. In addition, the National Bureau of Statistics of China reported that year-over-year industrial production grew by 5.7%, just below forecasts.

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Don't Ignore This Flashing "Red Alert"

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Stock market investors celebrated the continuing economic downturn by driving stock prices higher again last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 132 points or 0.8% to 17,215.95 while the S&P 500 added 18 points or 0.9% and the Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 1.2% to 4886.69. The worse things get, the more investors believe that the Fed will delay any interest rate increase into 2016.

They are probably being too optimistic. At the rate things are going, we may not see an interest rate increase until Barack Obama leaves office. And if we do, it won't be more than a token 25 basis points that won't amount to a hill of beans.

And that probably isn't a coincidence. Mr. Obama has appointed every member of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. This is highly unusual. The Federal Reserve Act provides for terms of 14 years, but in the past two decades the average tenure of governors has dropped to five years. This has arguably reduced the independence of the board.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Moves Ahead of U.S. Inflation Data, Bank Earnings

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Down Today on These Top Stories

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015) were down 85 points as the global markets reacted to news of weak Chinese trade data and reports that the People's Bank of China is pushing fresh stimulus measures.

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 47 points during a light trading session. Investors kept their focus on a falling U.S. dollar and the growing expectation that the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates in October or December.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Higher; Oil on Track for Best Week Since 2009

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For years, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has courted Russia, though without much success. It's easy to see why the attraction is there; the world's largest country has huge oil reserves and the geopolitical clout to boost the cartel's "muscle" by about a third.

But this past weekend, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced that Moscow is ready to meet with both OPEC and other oil producers to address the low price of oil.

This is an important development. It means that for the first time in nearly 11 months, geopolitics is likely to give support to higher crude - meaning oil prices get a new push.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Moving on Fed Minutes Release

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015) slipped 55 points in premarket hours as the earnings season unofficially kicks off and traders await the release of the minutes from the Fed Open Market Committee meeting in September.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Dips Today Ahead of Q3 Earnings Season

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015) were down 13 points as traders began to eye earnings reports and mixed economic data.

The unofficial beginning to earnings season begins on Thursday when Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) reports after the bell.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Higher Today on These Top Stories

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Monday, Oct. 5, 2015) were up 96 points as traders began to eye fourth-quarter earnings reports and mixed economic data.

On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed from a downturn in the morning and gained more than 200 points as energy stocks surged on rising oil prices.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Focused on This News

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Moves Ahead of These Critical Reports

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Could Move Higher Today on This Data, Yellen Speech

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today on Move After This Data Released

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Dow Jones futures today were on the move after a monthly update on Japan's industrial production offered greater clarity into the impact of China's slowdown on one of the world's largest economies.

The U.S. housing market is in focus with the July release of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, set for 9 a.m.

On Monday, the Dow Jones fell 312 points as concerns about China's economic growth weighed on investor sentiment. Healthcare stocks slumped another 4% as a sell-off in biotech stocks continued.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 slipped below the psychological barrier of 1,900 for the first time since Aug. 26. The S&P 500 dipped nearly 50 points, or 2.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite fell 142 points, or 3% after a massive sell-off in healthcare and biotech stocks. Go here for our top story today on what the S&P 500's move below 1,900 means for markets going forward...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Down Today on These Top Stories

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Monday, Sept. 28, 2015) were down 93 points as traders take a cautious approach ahead of three speeches by members of the Federal Reserve, a slew of economic data, and a looming budget debate in Washington D.C.

Investors are focused this week on two major data announcements: the monthly updates of manufacturing data from China and the U.S. unemployment rate.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Moving on This Data

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U.S. stock futures for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, are on the move this morning ahead of a critical day of economic data. It includes new home sales, weekly jobless claims, durable goods orders, and an earnings report from Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE).

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones fell 51 points after new economic data suggested that the global economy was slowing down.

According to the September PMI report, U.S. manufacturing growth remained at its lowest levels since August 2013. Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturing growth fell to a six-and-a-half-year low over the last month.