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Pre-Market Movers LOCO, GMCR Falling Fast Early Friday

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Good morning! For May 14, 2015, U.S. stock futures forecasted a 30-point increase from Thursday's close as continued weakness in the dollar squeezes out even more from the markets' bull run.

The S&P 500 soared to a new high on Thursday and the DJIA Index rose 191 points on news that weekly jobless claims remained near a 15-year-low. A falling U.S. dollar fueled optimism about the possibility of stronger international sales for domestic-based companies.

Here are your stock futures, top market news, earnings reports, and pre-market movers to watch in the stock market today...

GOOG, WMT, BABA Top Stocks to Watch Today as Futures Gain 110 Points

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, May 15, forecasted a 110-point increase from Wednesday's close.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings include Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK), Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN), Kohl's Corp. (NYSE: KSS), El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO), and SINA Corp. (Nasdaq: SINA). Investors will also tune into weekly jobless claims and an update on the Producer Price Index (PPI).

Here are your pre-market movers, top market news, and the biggest stocks to watch today...

Why There’s Been So Much Uncertainty About Oil Prices This Week

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The recent move in oil prices prompted the talking heads on TV to warn us the market is oversupplied, thereby driving prices down.

But now they will need to switch gears and “explain” why they are moving up.

Here's the real key to this week's oil uncertainty...

Debunking the Newest Oil Price Myth

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We've seen massive shifts in crude oil prices in recent weeks.

Of course, this has brought back some rather specious arguments by talking heads on TV and pundits spinning the next Armageddon scenario.

The latest is about how rising oil prices will prompt more volume to come online from a particular type of well (called DUCs), sending oil into another tailspin.

I'll deal with that in a minute but first let's address those pundits...

The Two Best Oil Stocks to Buy Now

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Oil prices have fallen 35% in the last year - but there are still great oil stocks to buy now.

In fact, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald recommends two that are set to surge from growing demand.

Here's why these two picks are going to profit from "chaos in the energy sector"...

Crude Oil Price Predictions 2015: Why the Market Is Gaining Traction

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Oil prices have gained 17.5% in the last month. This week, they reached $62 a barrel for the first time since December.

The rally reinforces our oil price predictions that WTI and Brent will rebound throughout 2015.

Here’s why we’re bullish on our projections - and how you can profit from their momentum…

Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008, Bolsters Stock Futures Today

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Good morning! Stock futures today, May 8, 2015, popped after the unemployment rate for April came out this morning and touched on a record level.

Top stocks to watch today include AAPL, YHOO, and BABA. Our pre-market movers are MSFT, YELP, and MCD.

Get a roundup of today's biggest stories, including the numbers behind the April jobs report, and the top stocks to keep your eye on today, here...

How Much Is a Barrel of Oil Today?

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How much is a barrel of oil, 5/6/15: Oil futures maintain their month-long winning streak today amidst geopolitical concerns in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Libya.

Today marks the first time WTI oil has reached above $62 since early December.

Here's why prices have been surging lately...

How Much Does a Barrel of Oil Cost?

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How much does a barrel of oil cost: Oil prices soared this morning after protests in Libya cut off an oil export hub.

Oil futures saw their largest monthly gain in nearly six years in April.

But there's an unusual development occurring in the energy sector that hasn't happened during other low price periods...

LNKD, V, and ALTR Are Today's Pre-Market Movers

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Good morning! Stock futures for Friday, May 1, forecasted an 84-point jump from Thursday's close.

The DJIA Index dropped 195 points yesterday, fueled by disappointing economic data and earnings reports. Biotech was a major drag on the Nasdaq, and the Nasdaq Biotech Index (INDEX: NBI) fell 3%.

Here are your pre-market movers, earnings reports, stocks to watch, and top market news in the stock market today...

Saudi Dynasty After King Abdullah: A Visual Guide

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz passed on Jan. 22, 2015 at age 90. His death triggered the biggest challenge to the Saudi dynasty in 50 years...

You see, the founder of the Saudi state, King Abdulaziz ibn Saud, decreed only that his first son would inherit the throne. Over the six decades that have followed King Abdulaziz ibn Saud's rule, succession has passed from brother to brother, almost always in order of their age.

But the last of the current line of 35 brothers will soon die out completely.

On April 29, for first time in Saudi history, the throne was set up to pass to the third generation of the family...

Price of Oil per Barrel Could Close at Highest Level Since December

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The price of oil per barrel continues to rally toward $60 today (Thursday).

The month-long tear inspires bullish hope that oil prices will keep punching through the ceiling to new yearly highs.

Here's why oil is headed toward the $80 range by the end of the year...

The Beginner's Guide to Investing in Oil

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Investing in oil can be a daunting venture for both professional and individual investors.

But prices are expected to be in the $60 to $73 range by mid-July - meaning now is the perfect time to jump into the oil trade.

Here are two different ways to begin investing in oil as it moves higher in 2015...

CRM, BIDU, and XOM Are the Biggest Stocks to Watch Today

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, April 30, forecasted a 25-point decline from Wednesday's close. The markets are reacting to shifts in the U.S. dollar and to the Federal Reserve's statements that it will raise interest rates on a meeting-by-meeting basis.

Here are your pre-market movers, top market news, and the biggest stocks to watch today...

BP Stock Price Gets Help from Downstream Operations

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BP Plc. (NYSE ADR: BP) reported Q1 earnings before market open today (Tuesday).

Its earnings fell short of analyst expectations - but the downstream operations were the silver lining in the report.

Here's why BP's downstream sector turned a profit despite the company's overall bearish report...

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