Wall Street

What's Driving the U.S. Stock Market to Record Highs – Again

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The U.S. stock market continues to reach new highs every week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average nears 17,000 and the S&P 500 nears 2,000.

And while investors are clearly profiting from this extended bull market, it's important to know why the markets continue to trend higher and where they are headed from here.

Money Morning's Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Wednesday) and discussed the factors pushing the markets higher, and why investors should remain cautious in this bull market...

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BNP Paribas Fine Breaks a Record

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France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, will pay a fine of $8.8 billion for breaching U.S. sanctions on Iran and Sudan, making it the largest penalty in history for such a violation.

The BNP Paribas fine will settle a criminal investigation probe launched by the U.S. Treasury Department, the Department of Justice, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York Department of Financial Services.

Here's why the punishment is bigger than any before...

Fight Club: Shah battles "Dark Pools" apologist on NPR today

Today, Shah Gilani let some wicked punches fly, debunking the legitimacy of Wall Street's "Dark Pools" on NPR's popular talk show On Point.

As Shah himself said: "This is about how the market has been undermined and how it could collapse one day, literally, and trillions of dollars could be lost in a matter of days."

Stock Market News: Beware of the "Summer Swoon"

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Stock market news: In an appearance yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) on CNBC's "Closing Bell," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald talked about what he sees the markets doing in the weeks ahead.

"I'm becoming very, very concerned now for the first time in several weeks," Keith tells host Bill Griffeth. "I think a summer swoon is coming."

In this video, Keith talks about why he sees turbulence ahead...

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Put Money in Your Pocket… And Send Wall Street on the Run

It was Sir Francis Bacon who gave us the truism that "knowledge is power."

And the 17th century English philosopher and statesman did so centuries before Wall Street was even conceived.

But the brokers, fund managers, and other pros who dreamed up the investment markets knew a good thing when they saw it. They embraced Bacon's maxim, launched the first U.S. stock exchange in 1790, and spent the next two centuries transforming this country's individual investors into scared vassals of the Wall Street elite.

And the big banks, brokerages, and other investment pros did this by never forgetting the simple precept that "knowledge is power."

I see this play out on an almost-daily basis thanks to the endless streams of impenetrable reports that come from the bankers in New York or our elected leaders in Washington.

Most Main Street investors lack the knowledge to "decode" these reports, so they also lack the power to respond in a constructive manner.

Instead most of us just react - panic, really. Here's a better idea that will lead to profits...

Stocks to Buy: Get the "Google of Russia" for a Bargain

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When looking for the best stocks to buy, many investors avoid companies and markets that are tangled in bad news.

For many, it seems like common sense to avoid areas that keep generating negative headlines. But for shrewd investors, "bad news" can frequently generate very profitable stocks.

And right now, Russian tech stocks are providing investors with discounted buy-in opportunities. This tech stock in particular has huge potential…

How to Profit from Market Volatility

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During my 30 years as an investor, I've developed five tools that demonstrate how to profit from market volatility. And today I want to share them with you.

With the Nasdaq Composite Index - and tech stocks in general - going through a turbulent stretch of their own, these five rules will help keep you from making mistakes.

You literally can't afford not to read this...

Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Hot Biopharma, an Energy Sector Worth $2 Trillion, and More

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Our roundup of the best stocks to buy last week gave Money Morning Members more than a dozen plays in 2014's most profitable sectors.

One pick involves a possible healthcare merger that would combine two industry titans. The duo would create an industry powerhouse with a market cap near $300 billion. Another play revolves around one of the most highly anticipated, and possibly biggest, initial public offerings ever. And a special report from our small-cap trading specialist showed readers a technique for uncovering investment winners today.

Here they are – with more opportunities – in our latest Money Morning best stocks to buy list:

Stocks to Buy: Why This Biopharma Company Is a “Long-Term Profit Machine”

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One strategy experts use when looking for the best biotech stocks to buy is finding companies with promising drug candidates that are close to receiving regulatory approval. When these drugs hit the market, they can bring in billions in revenue.

When companies have multiple promising drugs in their product pipeline, they become even more attractive because they have more than one shot at finding a revenue blockbuster.

That’s why Money Morning’s Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson likes this biotech stock to buy now…

Five Stocks to Buy in This $2 Trillion Must-Have Industry

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Over the next two decades in the United States, it's going to cost $2 trillion to keep the lights on.

After decades of neglect, we're depending on an electrical grid that has components a century old or more - and much of the rest is based on antiquated technology. We have no choice to fix it - no matter how much it costs.

The companies that do these kinds of upgrades – and we’ve found five - are the best stocks to buy now...

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