This week, the financial media has been up in arms about the record $13 billion fine levied on JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) for its connection with mortgage-backed securities.
While some voices have called for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jamie Dimon's departure from the bank, defendants have stated that JPM was a victim of government pressures to purchase Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns in 2008. Both acquired companies were responsible for 80% of the liabilities within this settlement.
The scary thing is, that monster fine is just a tiny hint of what's been going wrong with Wall Street...
Biggest Stock Market News Today: Apple, BB&T, and GM
Stocks this week are off to a heavy start as investors await more speeches from nine U.S. Federal Reserve executives this week that could shed light on the timing of the quantitative easing (QE) taper. Three of those speeches are scheduled for today.
Comex gold prices are weighed this morning as the market hopes some of this week's comments from the Fed include insights into future monetary policy moves. Comex gold for December delivery is now trading at $1,324.76, down 0.37%.
In the week ahead in stock market news, the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration will continue to debate the U.S. budget and debt ceiling issues as investors will keep an eye on any new developments regarding Syria and U.S. action there.
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The Greatest Criminal Enterprise in the World
From the Editor: Shah Gilani is one of the few people who can show you how it really is. In this case, he's going to show you the real reason the Fed chose not to taper. If you're overly idealistic, don't read this. It will only anger you. That, of course, is why Shah's naming names today...
Ben Bernanke is the don of the greatest criminal enterprise in the world.
And yesterday his made monsters, the Five Families, lined up to kiss his ring, again.
By not "tapering" or reducing the $85 billion a month ($45 billion in Treasuries and $40 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities) the Fed is buying from banks, the Fed is saying to its hit men, "We are family, and as long as Johnny Law is coming after you, we've got your back."
Let's name names... and then I'll tell you the REAL reason the Fed didn't taper yesterday
How to Prepare for "The Mother of All Bubbles"
From the Editor: No fewer than 165 stocks on the major exchanges hit new 52-week highs yesterday, which is all the more reason to take notes today... Shah's been identifying bubbles for decades, ever since his hedge fund days. And now that he uncovers them for individual investors, his readers know firsthand that "bubble watching" is more than a wealth protection strategy.
They made 218% the last time Shah prepared them. And they made 371% and 455% the time before that. Those bubbles were little, too, compared to this one...
There are lots of reasons to be fully invested in the stock market. And that's why it's so important right now to keep an eye on all the bubbles.
They're everywhere. And we have plenty of reasons to fear any number of them bursting.
Stock Market News Today
A few major mergers and acquisition deals are claiming headlines in stock market news today.
Last month, stocks suffered their biggest monthly decline in a year. But today stocks are kicking off September on a positive note after a three-day weekend. Stocks are rebounding from last week's selloff, stemming from fears of a U.S. strike against Syria.
Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) Deal Shows How to Find Biotech's Best Investments
On Sunday, the world's largest independent biotechnology company, Amgen Inc. (Nasdaq: AMGN), bought Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ONXX) in a $10.4 billion dollar deal - making it the fifth-largest biotech deal in history according to Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
The Amgen deal with Onyx highlights where insiders - and investors - see the best investments in the biotech industry.
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This Week in Numbers
It's the numbers that count in this crazy world. They can tell stories that words can't.
Here's a look at some of the fascinating, infuriating, amusing, depressing, and altogether important numbers that the world has put up on the board recently - and why you need to know them.
Two Stocks to Buy Now – and One to Ignore
Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani offered two picks for top stocks to buy now - along with one to avoid - on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." Tuesday.
His pick to avoid: Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB). Recent gains haven't been enough to sway Gilani, who remains bearish on the stock.
Unlocked: The Fastest-Growing Companies in America
IPOs are back, big time. Even unsexy companies are sprouting sweet IPO gains.
Take organic grocer Sprouts Farmers Market. It gained nearly 123% in its first day of trading Thursday - the best initial public offering debut since LinkedIn more than two years ago.
Can Corporate Earnings Keep Up with Soaring Stock Prices?
Stock prices for many U.S. companies are climbing rapidly, pushing the market to record highs - but will corporate profits support these gains?
That's one of the questions Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald tackled on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." program this morning.