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5 Top Stories in the Stock Market Today

Stock market today, April 1, 2014: The markets jumped again on Tuesday after car manufacturers reported stronger than expected sales in March. The auto industry's big month may be attributed to higher demand in March, after the weather hampered sales in January and February.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 74.95 points to finish at 16,532.61. The Nasdaq increased 69.05 points finish at 4,268.04, while the S&P 500 hit a new record today before settling at 1,885.52.

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Today's Stock Market News: Obamacare Deadline Arrives

Today's stock market news, March 31, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 58.8 points on Friday to finish at 16,323.0. The Nasdaq increased 4.5 points to finish at 4,155.7, while the S&P 500 rose 8.5 points to close at 1,857.6.

Monday kicks off a busy week of economic data on the global economy. Multiple central banks will hold April policy meetings while U.S. investors will find out whether or not the winter weather has hindered job growth across the nation.

Here are the other stories moving markets today:

Dow Jones Today Ends Up, with TSLA, AAL, and BBRY in Focus

Stock market today, March 28, 2014: At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 58.8 points to finish at 16,323.0. The Nasdaq increased 4.5 points to finish at 4,155.7, while the S&P 500 rose 8.5 points to close at 1,857.6.

Investors are looking forward to next week, with a huge March jobs report slated for Friday, April 4.

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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls on Fed Worries

In the stock market today, all three major U.S. indices closed lower as concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve might raise rates sooner than expected continued to weigh on traders' minds.

At the closing bell, 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.

The Huge Economic Indicator Everyone Misses

If you like bull markets, you better hope Janet Yellen is one of the most talkative Fed Chairs in history.

It's not that she's going to say anything brilliant or insightful, just that she says something... anything... on a regular basis.

You see, there's a direct relationship between how much she says and what's happening in the markets. What she says is almost completely irrelevant.

I know people spend hours agonizing over the slightest nuances in each statement, but really none of those things matters.

Unless you are a policy wonk, Fed statements are pretty consistently useless pontifications made every 6 to 8 weeks by the head of a supposedly independent financial body that is, in fact, a highly politicized entity.

The Fed exercises little if any control over variables and targets that it changes at will and deems relevant at its sole discretion.

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Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, March 24, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined on Friday slightly by 0.19% to close at 16,300.45; last week, the Dow gained 1.45%, or 232.83 points.

On Friday, the Nasdaq slipped 42.50 points to finish at 4,276.79, while the S&P 500 dropped 5.49 points to end the day at 1,866.52.

Now here are the stories moving markets today:

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Stock Market Crashers: Why Global Geophysical Stock (NYSE: GGS) Plunged 60% Today

Global Geophysical Services Inc. (NYSE: GGS) played today's (Tuesday) "stock market crasher," plunging 60.68% to an all-time low after announcing that several of its past financial reports are inaccurate.

On Monday, the provider of seismic data to energy companies shocked with Q4 and full-year 2013 earnings. In it the company stated its financial reports and related auditors' reports for each of the fiscal years ended Dec. 31, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009, plus the first, second, and third quarters of 2013, "should no longer be relied upon because of accounting errors resulting from material weaknesses in the company's internal controls."

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