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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Plunges on Ukraine News

Stock market today, March 3, 2014: U.S. stocks today closed markedly lower amid increasing political tension in Ukraine and Russia, while safe-haven investments like gold rose on the crisis.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.94%, or 154 points, at 16,168 points; the S&P 500 closed down 0.72%, or 31 points, at 4,277 points, and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed down 0.72%, or 31 points, at 4,277 points.

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Today's Pre-Market Trading Report

Today's pre-market trading outlook, Feb. 28, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.46% yesterday, finishing at 16,272.71. The Nasdaq added 0.63%, closing at 4,318.93, while the S&P 500 gained 0.50%, closing at 1,854.30.

Here are the top five stock market stories to watch today:

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What Is the Strategas Lobbying Index?

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Just what is the Strategas Lobbying Index? Find out, and you'll be keyed into an investment tool has outperformed the S&P 500 Index for 15 years and running.

As of 2012, the index had beaten the S&P 500 by 11% for 10 years straight, and 30% in 2012. It doled out an average annual return of 17.4% in both 2012 and 2013, compared to the S&P's 6%.

"It's almost in the statistically hard-to-believe category," Strategas Research Partners managing partner said to Yahoo! Finance.

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Why First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) Stock Is Among Today's Biggest Losers

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First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) stock is down 12% today (Wednesday) after reporting Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.89 per share on revenue of $768 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had projected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.98 on revenue of $973 million.

The adjusted earnings added $0.25 per share related to a recent agreement for First Solar to sell its facility in Mesa, Ariz. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) earnings were $0.64 per share, which was down from $1.74 the year before.

Revenue for the full year 2013 was $3.31 billion - down 1.8% from 2012. Analysts at Zacks Investment Research had projected yearly revenue of $3.53 billion.

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Today's Pre-Market Trading Report

Pre-market trading report, Feb. 25, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 100 points on Monday, inching closer to its intra-day record high of 16,588.20. The S&P 500 struck a new intra-day record of 1,858.71 while the Nasdaq ticked up 0.69% to 4,292.97. Gold prices retreated from a four-month high.

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Stock Market Today Falls on Housing; Here Are the Big Movers

U.S. stocks were fairly stagnant today, with the three major indices closing slightly lower and wrapping up the four-day trading week essentially on par with where it began.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.19%, or 30 points, at 16,103 points; the S&P 500  closed down 0.21%, or 4 points, at 1,836; and the Nasdaq closed down 0.11%, or 5 points, at 4,263 points.

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Stock Market Crash History: The Dow's 10 Biggest One-Day Percentage Losses

Stock market square street The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a 326-point (2.1%) plunge on Feb. 3, triggering a flood of stock market crash talk.  January wasn't any better – led by another triple-digit fall (318 points, 3.5%) on Jan. 24, the Dow suffered its worst January since 2009 and its worst month since May 2012, deflating 5.3%. (The […]

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Pre-market Trading Report: What's Moving the Stock Market Today

Pre-market Trading Report, Feb. 21, 2014:  The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 92 points on Thursday to finish at 16,133.23. The Nasdaq rose 0.7% to 4,267.55, while the S&P increased 11 points to close at 1,839.78.

Here's what's ahead for today's market:

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Five Biggest Stories in Today's Stock Market

Today's stock market news, Feb. 19, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 24 points to close at 16,130 on Tuesday. The Nasdaq increased 0.7% to hit 4,272.78. The S&P was flat, up two points to reach 1,840.76.

Here's what's ahead for today.

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Winners and Losers in the Stock Market Today

Stock market today, Feb. 18:U.S. stocks kicked off a shortened trading week predominantly in positive territory, with the Nasdaq making strides even as home builder confidence fell and manufacturing declined more than expected.

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The Nasdaq closed up 0.68% at 4,273; the S&P 500 Index closed up 0.13% at 1,841 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.15% at 16,130.

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Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

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Today's stock market news, Feb. 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 126.80 points on Friday to finish at 16,154.39. While the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were flat. With several prominent firms reporting earnings this morning, pre-market trading and the futures are relatively quiet.

So what’s next? Here's what's happening in today’s stock market.

Today's Stock Market News And Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, Feb. 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked back above 16,000 on Thursday as the market continues to shrug off weak economic data. Due to the snowstorm that battered the East Coast on Thursday, the scheduled meeting between Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the Senate Banking Committee has been postponed until later this month.

Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, Feb. 13, 2014: The markets were flat on Wednesday following one of the largest four-day bull runs in recent history. Meanwhile, a massive winter storm has paralyzed the East Coast. The markets will remain open, however, on Thursday.

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Why Wall Street Would Love to Bug Our Phones

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Every month or so, Keith Fitz-Gerald, Shah Gilani or a few of the other editors here at Money Map Press will wonder aloud if the big Wall Street investment banks have secreted a bunch of listening-device "bugs" in our offices or on our phones.

They haven't, of course. And our comments were made in jest - and meant only as a joke.

But the coincidences that prompt these surveillance-by-Big-Brother quips can be quite remarkable.

Let me share a brand-new story that shows you what I mean....

Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, Feb. 12, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than 192 points on Tuesday after new Fed chair Janet Yellen stressed that monetary policy is unlikely to change under her leadership. The Dow ticked above 16,000 for the first time since Jan. 24. The S&P rose 1.1% to close at 1,819.75 and the Nasdaq increased 1% to 4,191.04.

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