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Stock Market Selloff: Should Investors Be Worried?

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 326 points today, while the S&P 500 dipped 40 points and the Nasdaq dropped 107. In 2014, the Dow is down 7.3%, the S&P 500 5.8%, and the Nasdaq 4.3%.

Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Monday) to answer today's biggest question: Should investors be worried about this stock market selloff?

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Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Roundup

What are today's best investments?

Best investments for the week ending Jan. 31, 2014: A sharp sell-off in emerging markets, disappointing earnings from several key companies, and further tapering from the U.S. Federal Reserve left markets reeling last week.

Despite the nosedive, investors still have plenty of opportunities for profit. Money Morning keeps readers current on the best stocks to buy now and the best investing moves to make for any market conditions.

Here's what we covered last week:

Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Gets Hammered

Stocks down

Stock Market Today, Feb. 3: U.S. stocks closed down Monday after a rough trading session on the heels of a disappointing report on U.S. manufacturing and ahead of a busy week for economic indicators.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 326.05 points, or 2.1%, at 15,372.80 points; the S&P 500 Index closed down 2.28%, or 40.7 points, at 1,741.89; and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed down 2.61%, or 106.92 points at 3,996.96.

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Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, Feb. 3: U.S. markets slumped on Friday and posted their worst month since May 2012.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 4.88% in January. Last week, mixed earnings from retail and tech giants collided with renewed concerns about emerging markets and production declines in China.

With our eye on the Opening Bell, here are five stories to watch this morning.

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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Ends January in the Red

Stocks down

Stock market today, Jan. 31: U.S. stocks closed down Friday, wrapping up a rough January and the worst month in trading in over a year as several corporate earnings weighed on the market.

All three major indices closed in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.94%, or 150 points, at 15,699 points. The S&P 500 closed down 0.65%, or 11.6 points, at 1,783 points, and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.47%, or 19 points, to close at 4,104 points.

Energy futures closed down today. Light sweet crude oil for March delivery closed $0.74 to settle at $97.49 per barrel. Heating oil for March delivery closed down 1.0% at $3.00 per gallon, and natural gas lost 1.36%, or $0.07, to close at $4.94 per million BTUs.

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Today's Stock Market News: The Biggest Stories and Earnings to Watch

Today's Biggest Stock Market News, Jan. 29:

Five Stories for This Morning

  • The State of Our Union is Expensive: U.S. President Barack Obama gave his fifth State of the Union address last night. During the speech, he demanded a guaranteed retirement plan for American workers, immigration reform, tax reform, gun control, and economic opportunity for all. The White House even announced it will back a congressional Democratic plan to increase the federal wage to $10.10 over three years, and then index it to inflation.

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Today's Stock Market News: The Biggest Stories and Earnings to Watch

Today's Stock Market News, Jan. 28: Stocks ended in the red on Monday after emerging-market concerns and jitters on future corporate growth left investors rattled. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 both declined, while the lone bright spot was strong quarterly gains reported by Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT).

With our eye on Opening Bell, here are five stories to watch in today's market:

Market News: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls for Fifth Straight Session

Stocks down

Stock Market News Today, Jan. 27: U.S. stocks are compounding last week's selloff, with all three major indices dropping into the red as home sales fell 7% in December.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41.23 points, or 0.3%, to 15,837.75; the S&P 500 fell 0.5%, or 8.73 points, to 1,781.56; and the Nasdaq fell 1.1%, or 44.56 points, to 4,083.61.

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Stock Market Today: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Plunges 318 Points

Stocks down

Stock Market Today, Jan. 24: U.S. stocks today are ending this week on a heavy note, as investors continue to absorb a swirl of disappointing earnings reports and worrisome manufacturing data from China.

All three major indices are logging solid losses: the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.96% or 318 points to 15,879.11; the S&P 500 is down 2.09% or 38.17 points to 1,790.29; and the Nasdaq is down 2.15% or 90.70 points to 4,128.17.

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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Weighed by Weak Earnings

Stock Market Today, Jan. 22: U.S. stocks today are mixed and trading in a fairly narrow range as corporate earnings season continues - with lackluster results. Investors are cautious ahead of economic data tomorrow that includes jobless claims and existing home sales reports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average today is down 0.24% at 16,374. The Standard & Poor's 500 is up 0.2% at 1,841, and the Nasdaq Composite Index is up 0.46% at 4,245.

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Stock Market News Today: Housing Starts Weigh on Share Prices

Stock Market News Today, Jan. 17: The Dow is up but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq down in afternoon trading, and here's why...

Housing market data today revealed that new home construction fell 9.8% in December to a seasonally adjusted rate of 999,000. The numbers were weighed by starts for single-family homes and apartments, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.

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Stock Market Today Slumps on Sluggish Service Industry

Stock Market Today, Jan. 6, 2014: U.S. stocks, including all three major indices, closed in the red today as growth in the service industries was weaker than expected, adding to the heavy start to 2014 trading.

U.S. services sector shrank last month, with an index of 53.0, down from 53.9 in November and below expectations for 54.8. But, in a more positive economic indicator, factory orders rose 1.8% in November from a year prior, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.

In response, the Dow Jones Industrial Average today closed down 0.27% at 16,425, while the Standard & Poor's 500 was down 0.24% at 1,827 and the Nasdaq Composite Index is off 0.36% at 4,118.

In addition to today's economics reports, retail stocks are likely also weighed by the headline-grabbing cold weather, which investors expect to hurt January's retail sales.

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Stock Market News Today: 2014 Starts in the Red

Stock Market News Today, Jan. 2, 2014: U.S. stocks are kicking off the New Year on a heavy note in today's trading, with the Dow shedding more than 100 points as investors absorb fairly positive reports on jobless claims and U.S. manufacturing.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average today is down 0.7% at 16,454,74, while the Standard & Poor's 500 is down 0.8% at 1,832.75, and the Nasdaq Composite Index is off 0.93% at 4,137.90.

Initial jobless claims fell 2,000 to 339,000 last week, which is close to analyst expectations of a small increase for that week.

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How to Profit When Billionaires Battle – A Plan

Editor's Note: Shah shared this true "billionaires' brawl" on Dec. 17th. Today, as promised, he'll show you how to make money from it. Take notes...
Sure, the Herbalife game that pitted Bill Ackman against David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, Carl Icahn, and the rest of the billionaire boys' club was a tad bit personal.
It was also professional, very professional.
All the billionaires playing the Herbalife game are professional money managers. They made their mega fortunes in the markets.

But you don't have to be a billionaire to make money in the game.
In fact, you can play the same game and profit nicely by understanding how to follow their lead.
After all, that's what they're doing.

Stock Market Today Down on Taper Fears

Stock Market News Today, Dec. 12: U.S. stocks are weighed today after having started the day higher on upbeat retail sales data. They retreated on more concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve will scale back its $85-billion-per-month bond-buying stimulus program.

The S&P 500 today fell 0.38%, or 6.72 points, at 1,775.50, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.66%, or 104.03 points, at 15,739.50 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.14%, or 5.41 points, at 3,998.40.

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