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As We Close in on the Alibaba IPO, Here's What You Need to Watch For

It isn’t often that a really “hot” initial public stock offering lives up to the pre-deal hype.

But Thursday’s IPO of China e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE-WI: BABA) is shaping up to be everything the most ardent market mavens have been saying.

Alibaba is on track to become the largest U.S. initial public offering ever.

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  • Stock Market Futures Down on Underwhelming AAPL Presentation and Interest Rate Fears stock market futures

    Stock market today, Sept. 10, 2014: Stock market futures were down this morning after markets took a nosedive in the final hour of trading yesterday (Tuesday). The slide followed a broad selloff of tech giant Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and investors heightened cautions over a possible interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve sooner rather than later.

    Here’s what you should know to make your Wednesday profitable:
  • How the Federal Reserve Is Killing America Federal Reserve

    It's maddening. Our economy is stagnating. The divide between haves and have-nots is widening every day. There are fewer and fewer good jobs and careers to be had. What the heck happened?

    The U.S. Federal Reserve System is killing America. It has destroyed the economy. It has undermined savers and retirees. It is even responsible for the corruption in Congress.

    We have to kill the Fed before it kills America for good.
  • Fed Policy Failures Leave $10.8 Trillion Under the Mattress fed policy

    Despite billions in bond-buying "quantitative easing" and near-zero interest rates courtesy of recent Fed policy, Americans have stashed $1.8 trillion in low-yield accounts since the QE program started in 2008.

    It's a failed stimulative policy that has left a shocking $10.8 trillion on the sidelines. But when it comes to investing in stocks in particular, the news gets even worse.

    This trend is truly ominous…
  • GameStop, Gap, and Shake Shack Headline Today's Stock Market News today's stock market news

    Today's stock market news, August 22, 2014: With members of the U.S. Federal Reserve and notable economists meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., investors await new insight today (Friday) into when the central bank might raise interest rates and plans to sustain growth in the U.S. economy. For the first time, protesters have descended on the small ski town, questioning the Fed's policies and the "so-called" strength of the U.S. economic recovery. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will speak this morning.

    Here's a list of today's top stock market news...
  • How the Fed Has Moved Silver Prices in 2014 HowTheFedHasMoved

    For all the discussions of inflation and labor market conditions going on at the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meetings this year, it would be expected that the Fed's words would be felt in silver prices in 2014.

    But this year, that hasn't been the case...
  • The Search for Yield, Emerging Markets, and a Wacky Divergence emerging markets

    Let's talk a little more about divergence - as in wacky divergences.

    Last time, we looked at divergence through the lens of interest rates and how rates - principally measured by the yield on the U.S. Treasury 10-year note - were going lower when they were expected to move higher as the Federal Reserve tapers its monthly bond purchases.

    But there's another divergence at work, and it strikes me as dangerous.

    We're talking about the rising prices of emerging markets stocks and bonds...
  • Feds Finally Put Their Scopes on the “Too Big to Jail” bank jail

    Late last month, depending on how you look at it, either something wonderful happened - or the feds continued their cowardly, conniving ways.

    A group of federal prosecutors met in Washington and in New York with various financial regulators to discuss filing criminal charges against and coercing guilty pleas out of two giant banks. This looks to be a historic occurrence.

    But two things say we shouldn’t pop open the champagne just yet...
  • What Happened at Today’s FOMC Meeting today’s FOMC meeting

    The Fed wrapped up a two-day policy meeting Wednesday with little fanfare and little investor reaction. There was no press conference following the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting this month - just a news release.

    No surprises were expected Wednesday afternoon, and no surprises were delivered. Benchmarks were little changed ahead of the Fed’s statement and modestly higher after.

    Here’s what transpired at today’s meeting and what it means for the markets.
  • Janet Yellen's Speech on Monetary Policy: Three Big Questions Answered Janet Yellen

    Janet Yellen gave her first speech on monetary policy today (Wednesday) since assuming her position as chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve on Feb. 3, 2014.

    While cautioning that the economy still needs the central bank's support, Yellen stated that the nation's economic recovery will be nearing completion within two years.

    Get the full text of Janet Yellen's speech here.
  • Stock Market Today – Banks Behave Badly, U.S. Energy Boom

    Top stock market news today, March 28, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 4.76 points to finish at 16,264.23. The Nasdaq dropped 22.35 points finish at 4,151.23, while the S&P 500 slid 3.52 to close at 1,849.04.

    Meanwhile, gold prices fell $8.70 to close at $1,294.70 - below the $1,300 threshold for the first time in six weeks.

    Friday's data will center on consumer income in February, an examination of February consumer spending, and a much anticipated look at March consumer sentiment.

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  • Today's FOMC Meeting: Data-Dependent and Dovish Janet-Yellen-e1395262687889

    The end of today's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting included fresh dovish language in its policy statement - but the market-friendly attitude failed to excite investors who were hoping for more.

    As widely expected, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it will stay the course on its bond tapering. Anticipated - but not as expected - the policy statement shed some light on eventual interest rate hikes.

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  • The Five Most Ridiculous Revelations from the Fed Hearings Glum Bernanke

    On Friday, the U.S. Federal Reserve released the transcripts from its vital meetings over the state of the U.S. economy from 2007 through 2009.

    The transcripts provide a staggering glimpse into the world of a central bank in crisis, or at least the inability for all parties concerned to grasp the problems at hand.

    Here are the five most ridiculous takeaways from the Fed Reports.

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  • Janet Yellen Sticks to the Script (Here's What It Means for Investors) Janet_Yellen_Headshot

    Janet Yellen made her debut before Congress Tuesday as the new head of the Fed...

    And just like they did for her predecessors, the markets hung on every single word.

    Except in this case, nobody (and I mean nobody) expected any major fireworks. What they were looking for instead was a confirmation that it would be "business as usual."

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  • Five Important Things Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Said to Congress Today Janet_Yellen_Headshot When freshly installed Fed Chair Janet Yellen went before Congress yesterday, she mostly followed the script written by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. But now that she's in charge, everything she says will carry a great deal of weight. Here are five key takeaways from Yellen's testimony...
  • Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 10, 2014: The markets recovered last week after a choppy start to February trading. On Thursday and Friday, the markets dismissed disappointing unemployment numbers and tepid economic data. The S&P 500 increased 2.6% over the two days.

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