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Four Notorious Cases of Stock Manipulation

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In some of the most notorious cases of stock market manipulation, the audacity and self-assuredness of white collar fraudsters is hard to believe...

These market big-wigs thought they could get away with anything, unscathed.

Here are four of the most notorious cases of market manipulation in the history of...well... market manipulation...

Pass on JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Stock and Buy This Big Bank Play Instead


JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) stock seemingly continues to establish all-time highs with each new trading session.

It's one of the largest investment banks in the world, sitting on $2.6 trillion in assets. It navigated the financial crisis better than any other firm on Wall Street.

But here's why if you buy it now, you may miss this more profitable opportunity in banking...

The JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Stock Price Faces This $33.8 Trillion Problem

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The JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) stock price seems to be breaking out.

Last week, the JPM stock price hit an all-time closing high of $67.01. It's up about 380% since the end of the Great Recession.

But "so what," says one expert. The JPM stock price has some threats coming its way in the near future...

4 Stock Market Conspiracies That Just Might Keep You Up at Night


There are some stock market conspiracy theories out there that seem astoundingly plausible. Take market manipulation, for example...

Oh, wait. That really does happen! Five banks just pleaded guilty to that on May 20 and were ordered to pay a fine of $5.7 billion.

Here are four more stock market conspiracy theories that just might keep you up at night...

America Has Become a "Banana Republic Run by Wall Street Criminals"

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Wall Street criminals just won't stop misbehaving.
The latest crime was exposed Wednesday. Five of the biggest names in global finance agreed to pay billions to settle lawsuits alleging they illegally gamed the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.
"America has become a banana republic run by Wall Street criminals," Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani said on Wednesday.

Of course, history dictates the fines will have no actual effect on business practices. Not including this week’s, just look at the litany of settlements too-big-to-fail banks have shelled out in the last five years alone…

How Much the Banks Were Fined This Week – BCS, C, JPM, RBS, UBS, BAC

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On Wednesday, five of the world's biggest banks pled guilty to manipulating foreign currency rates for their own benefits. They will now pay a combined $5.6 billion in penalties.

With this week's settlements, big banks have now paid more than $60 billion in fines over the past two years.

This chart shows how much the banks were fined this week.

166 Trillion Reasons Why Bank Stocks Are So Cheap


My continuing search for sectors of the stock market that are trading cheaply and offer the potential for gain has led me to a controversial slice of the market: bank stocks.

Looking at the "Big Four" in the U.S. banking sector, it's easy to conclude that the sector is undervalued...

But that conclusion may be a bit misleading.

Make no mistake - by traditional measures banks look cheap, and their stocks could do fine until the next financial crisis.

But that's the problem. Looking at banks that way ignores the elephant on their balance sheets, and the potential damage to our portfolios.

Here's what's really driving this critical economic sector into a "buyer beware" investment category...

JPM Stock Price Hit by Earnings Miss – but Bigger Troubles Ahead

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The JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) stock price faltered more than 4% on this morning on an earnings miss.

JPMorgan was hit hard by legal fees. The bank, along with several other big banks across the globe, had to cough up just over $1 billion. Most of that stems from a November settlement tied to shady activity in the foreign exchange market. But legal fees are nothing new.

JPMorgan is facing much bigger problems than the routine settlements...

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Is the Latest Target on Goldman Sachs' "Hit List"


JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) is about to become Goldman Sachs' newest toy. Except its version of "playing" is "smashing it into pieces."

That's right, Goldman Sachs has joined a bandwagon of analysts calling for JP Morgan Chase to break up. And since Goldman Sachs is simply the best at what it does - good and evil - their mission shouldn't be too hard.

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Science Proves What We Said About the Banksters

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"Business culture in the banking industry is favoring, or at least tolerating, fraudulent or unethical behaviors."

That's what Ernst Fehr told reporters in a telephone interview last week.

Fehr is an economist at the University of Zürich in Switzerland who co-led a study about business behavior.

Fehr's study proves what we've all long known - but it wasn't the only piece of news last week that demonstrates the crookedness of bankers.

Today I'll show you how Wall Street's manipulations are affecting the prices we pay for everything from the cars we drive to our pots and pans.

So you know you want to know more about this...

Stock Market Futures in the Green Ahead of Friday's Opening Bell

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Stock market today, October 3, 2014: U.S. stock market futures were up this morning (Friday), after U.S. crude oil prices fell to the lowest price in nearly 18 months on Thursday, and the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) - which gauges fear in the market - dropped by 3%.

Here are the top stories affecting the stock market Friday…

Stock Market Today: NFLX, GM, XOM Making Headlines

Investors seem confident that the economy is picking up as warmer weather takes hold...

But problems continue within the housing sector, where sales and construction forecasts were recently slashed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Existing home sales are expected to remain flat when they are reported this morning.

Here are the five stories you need to know to make your Tuesday profitable.

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Stock Slumps After Rare Earnings Miss

For the first time in over two years, and only the fifth time in a decade, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) missed earnings forecasts when it posted first-quarter 2014 results Friday.


Investors were prepared for a slip in earnings compared with Q1 of 2013. In February, JPM cautioned trading revenue was weak. The warning was especially troubling because the first quarter is traditionally a strong one.

Top Stock Market News Today: How China Is Beating Up on Bitcoin

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Stock market news today, April 11, 2014: The Nasdaq fell 129 points to finish Thursday at 4,054.11, its worst one-day drop since 2011 as investors ditched biotech, Internet, and other high-growth stocks. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) surged 17%, its largest one-day jump since late January.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 267 points to finish at 16,169.90, while the S&P 500 dropped 39 points yesterday to 1,833.09.

Here's the stock market news for today...

Earnings Reports Calendar: 5 to Watch This Week

The earnings reports calendar is getting crowded as some big names deliver numbers this week - and investors will get to see if a harsh winter hurt Q1 results this season.

S&P 500 companies' Q1 earnings are forecast to have fallen 1.4% year over year, according to data from FactSet. That's down sharply from the start of the year, when profit growth was projected to rise 4.5%.

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