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Stock Market Today Moving on FOMC, FB, and ORB News

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Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today will open just a notch above yesterday's close, despite a rally in Europe. The markets are patiently waiting for an announcement after the close of the Fed Open Market Committee's two-day meeting. After the recent market slip - down 6.8% in less than one month - the big question is: "Will the Fed extend QE3?"

The most important number to watch today - besides the Dow - is the Federal Reserve's interest rate on fed funds, which will likely remain unchanged at a range of 0% to 0.25%.

Here's what else you should know - including your Tip of the Day - to make your Wednesday profitable:

Tuesday's Hot Stocks to Watch Headlined by Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB)

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Almost 70% of U.S. companies that have reported Q3 earnings have beaten expectations. Earnings gains have been generally less than 10% - not outstanding, but good enough to reassure investors about the health of U.S. companies.

Tuesday's list of hot stocks to watch includes a social media giant, a pharmaceutical titan, a big biotech, a struggling luxury retailer, and more.

Here's today's full list of all seven stocks to watch for earnings reports.

Stock Market Futures Rise Today Ahead of Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Earnings

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Good morning! Stock market futures indicate a market open higher than yesterday's close. The markets are waiting for the beginning of the Fed Open Market Committee to begin its two-day meeting. After the recent market slip - down 6.8% in less than one month - the big question this week is will the Fed extend QE3?

The most important number to watch today - besides the Dow - is the earnings report from social networking giant, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB).

Here's what else you should know - including your Tip of the Day - to make your Tuesday profitable...

Why Next Week's Earnings Are Critical to Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock

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Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock was rattled Tuesday when Fed Chair Janet Yellen singled out valuations on social media stocks as "stretched." FB stock slipped 1.08% to $67.17. Facebook shares were quick with a rebound, however, bouncing back 0.49% to $67.66 by Wednesday's close.

Next week Facebook will come under intense scrutiny again when the company reports second-quarter earnings.

Here’s a full breakdown of what analysts will be looking for in FB earnings…

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Up Ahead of 2nd Annual Shareholder Meeting

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Facebook Inc.'s second annual shareholder meeting will bring something new to the table...

This year's gathering, to be held today at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, could get feisty as it marks the first time stockholders are able to put their own proposals up for vote.

The good news going in to the meeting is the Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock price is in much better shape than it was at the time of its first shareholder meeting.

Here’s what’s up for discussion this year…

Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) Rumored "Slingshot" App Takes Aim at Competition

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Since an unsuccessful $3 billion takeover attempt of Snapchat in 2013, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has been developing its own video messaging app to compete with its competitor.

Known within the company as Slingshot, Facebook has been working on the new messaging app since Snapchat rebuffed its overtures late last year, reports the Financial Times. And, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has personally been overseeing the top-secret project, according to people familiar with the matter.

Here’s why this is important to Facebook and the FB stock price.

What the F8 Conference Means for Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock

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Announcements from the Facebook Inc. F8 developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday amplified the company’s recent focus on mobile - and in particular efforts to monetize mobile.

Such a strategy is just what investors have wanted to see, and it will serve as a powerful catalyst for Facebook stock.

And front and center was a new service that has the potential to double Facebook’s revenue…

Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Buys Moves App to Compete in Fitness Tracking

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To add to its string of significant acquisitions, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) has purchased Moves, a free app that logs users' daily exercise and fitness routines.

It also keeps track of places visited, with a map showing where users have been throughout the day and how they got there.

Here's how the Moves app will keep Facebook highly competitive among its rivals...

Why Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Is a Bet on the Future

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Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani knew, even when Facebook slumped below $20 in late 2012, that the company had tremendous promise. When he failed to catch the bottom back then, Gilani vowed to pounce when the time was right.

In February, when Facebook announced its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Inc., Gilani did just that.

In this Q&A with Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani talks about how what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is doing now will pay off in the future...

Why Wall Street Loves Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Right Now

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The demise of momentum stocks, or Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock at least, appears to be greatly exaggerated.

Shares of Facebook, a notable momentum stock over the last 12 months, spiked $4.22, or 7.3%, to $62.41 Wednesday. The move marked the stock's best one-day gain since Jan. 30.

Over the last three months, shares of the social networking leader are up 9%. Year to date, they have logged gains of 14.2%. FB shares were up more than 25% earlier this year, but slipped along with other high-growth stocks over the last few weeks amid a notable shift from growth to value.

Why Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Is Down Today

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Why the sudden slip in Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock?

Shares of the social networking leader slipped some 5% intraday Friday to $56.50. That followed a 5.15% drop on Thursday. The recent slump has nearly wiped out all of 2014's gains and leaves shares close to FB's Jan 2 opening price of $54.83.

While FB shares are still up a modest 5% year to date, they sit roughly 20% off the highs hit less than a month ago.

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