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Stock Market Close: Dow Jones Plunges 317 Points in Biggest Drop in 6 Months

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Stock market close, July 31, 2014: U.S. markets plummeted Thursday in a broad decline, with the Dow Jones shedding 317 points in a broad sell-off.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 fell below its 50-day moving average, erasing all of July's gains as concerns in global markets hammered stocks. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) jumped more than 26% to an intraday high of 16.98, the highest level since April.

Now, here are the top stories from today...

The (Only) Eight Mega Cap Dividend Stocks Yielding More Than 3%

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With interest rates at an all-time low, high-yield dividend stocks have replaced bonds as the best option to provide a stream of income in a portfolio. What's more, they deliver the added perk of equity ownership for potential growth. But dividend yield can also be a trap - if a company's share price drops because it's not performing well, while the dividend remains the same, the percent yield will rise. That's why investing based on high-yield as the sole metric isn't always wise.

To get around that problem, investors can examine other metrics besides yield.

Here's what to look at - and a list of eight dividend payers to consider...

Why We Love General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) Stock and Today's Earnings


On Friday morning, General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) met Wall Street expectations when it reported second quarter earnings ahead of the bell, sending GE stock up more than 1% in pre-market trading.

There were two notable takeaways from GE's earnings today. Here they are, plus why we're so excited about GE stock in coming months based on these "three powerful catalysts"...

Stocks to Watch Today: GE, GOOG, MSFT, and More

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After the markets got slammed yesterday (Thursday), falling 161 points on a number of fear-triggering global economic events, there are a handful of stocks to watch today in what could be another volatile performance.

While summertime Fridays are typically quiet for equities, today's schedule of market moving events is jam-packed. It's also coming off a day that included a plane crash, the announcement of ground military offensive from Israel, and a 40% move in the Volatility Index (VIX).

With earnings in focus, here are seven stocks to watch today, including GE, GOOG, MSFT, and more...

The Stock Market Today's Top Stories, Including DIS, FOX, GE, AAL and More

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Stock market today, July 17, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up yesterday (Wednesday) for its 15th record-breaking close in 2014. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress, reiterating that the economy remains vulnerable to a struggling job market and stagnating wages - two reasons why the central bank will continue its loose monetary policy in 2014.

Here are the top headlines in the stock market today you should know to make your Thursday profitable...

Stock Market News: Dow Jones Jumps on FOMC Minutes, Plus These Top Stories

Stock market news today, July 9, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 70 points on Wednesday following the release of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's June meeting and a strong second quarter report from aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) to kick off earnings season.

According to S&P Capital IQ, analysts expect Q2 earnings from S&P 500 companies to grow by more than 6%. That's a strong gain from Q1's 3.4% in growth earnings.

Here's the scorecard from today's trading session, and a roundup of the top stories in the stock market today...

The "20% Catalyst" That Will Send These Shares into the Stratosphere

We love the General Electric Co. investment story.

In fact, we've been telling our readers of Private Briefing about it for months.

We're going to talk about it again today - with good reason.

The already strong investment case for GE just got even stronger.

On Friday, the French government finally backed General Electric's $17 billion offer for the power and electrical-grid businesses of Alstom SA.

And that's not all...

In a surprise move, France also said it would take a 20% stake in the French engineering giant.

It's a complicated deal.

But it could serve as an additional "catalyst" for the GE share-price rally we've been predicting.

Here's why... Full Story

FOMC Meeting, AMZN, and Oil Lead the Busiest Financial News Day in Months

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Top financial news today, June 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose marginally on Tuesday despite a swath of disappointing data, including higher inflation and poor housing numbers. Wednesday is gearing up to be one of the busiest news days in recent months for the financial markets.

Here's the financial news you need to know to make today profitable:

Stock Market Today: GE-Alstom Deal News, McDonald's Dividend Hike, and More

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Stock market today, May 28, 2014: The stock market today (Wednesday) ended its streak of four-straight session gains. U.S. Treasury prices surged, putting the benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield at its lowest level this year on a closing basis.

Here's the scorecard from this session:

DOW: 16,634.40, -0.25%
S&P 500: 1,909.77, -0.11%
NASDAQ: 4,225.08, -0.28%

And here are the top stories from the stock market today.

Dow Jones Today to Ride High on Positive Economic Data

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Dow Jones today, May 28, 2014: The Dow Jones Today (Wednesday) will likely continue to benefit from positive economic data released earlier in the week, including growing consumer confidence and expansion in the U.S. service sector.

Tuesday saw the Dow close up nearly 70 points, while the S&P 500 hit a new record.

Here are the top stories affecting the Dow Jones today and other U.S. markets...

Stock Market News Today: Home Prices, Cyber Spying, and Poultry Profits

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Stock market news today, May 27, 2014: The big stock market news today (Tuesday) was the S&P 500's climb to an intraday record. Fueling U.S. stock markets' rise were positive economic data, including growing consumer confidence, and expansion in the U.S. service sector.

Here's the scorecard from today's trading session:

DOW: 16,675.50, +0.42%
S&P 500: 1,911.91, +0.60%
NASDAQ: 4,237.07, +1.22%

And here are the top stories in Tuesday’s stock market news:

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