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Stock Market Futures Dip on Swiss Fallout, FXCM Down 91%

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Good morning! Stock market futures for Friday, Jan. 16, forecasted an 86-point decline from yesterday's close.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 both declined for the fifth consecutive trading session Thursday, while one of the most shocking currency decisions in recent history hammered global equity markets: the Swiss National Bank abandoned its current economic policy that prevents the euro/Swiss franc exchange rate from falling below 1.20.

Today, fallout continues as news of the Swiss currency policy reversal reverberates across the markets. The Swiss franc surged as much as 39% against the euro and U.S. dollar on Thursday, and pushed gold prices to a four-month high. The decision could have a profound impact on investment banks and hedge funds that held puts on the nation's currency.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Friday...

DJIA Falls on Weak Bank Earnings, Swiss Currency Surprise

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The DJIA and the S&P 500 both declined for the fifth consecutive trading session Thursday, while one of the most shocking currency decisions in recent history hammered global equity markets.

The Swiss National Bank abandoned its current economic policy that prevents the euro/Swiss franc exchange rate from falling below 1.20. The Swiss franc surged as much as 39% against the euro and U.S. dollar on the day.

Here's what else moved the Dow Jones today...

RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) Dives 30%, Headlines Stock Market Today

Stock Market Today

Good morning! The stock market today (Thursday, Jan. 15) is headlined by RadioShack (NYSE: RSH). RSH stock fell 30% premarket.
Today, investors will react to a slew of earnings reports from three large financial institutions and Nasdaq component Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). On the data side, jobless claims will remain in focus, in addition to an important update to the Philadelphia Fed Survey. Consensus estimates call for 295,000 new jobless claims for the week ending January 10.

Current Price of Oil Per Barrel: $45.90

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The current price of oil per barrel today (Monday) showed no sign of breaking its downward spiral. The long-suffering energy sector caused widespread losses in the U.S. equity market.

Late Monday morning, both WTI oil and Brent oil hit new six-year lows.

Here's where prices are headed now...

Stock Market Futures Today Predict Another Triple-Digit Gain

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Good Morning! Stock market futures today forecast a 159-point surge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average over yesterday's close on rising optimism for the U.S. economy.

What to Watch Today: markets are on the rise as investors show confidence in the U.S. economy ahead of tomorrow's December U.S. jobs report. Yesterday, ADP reported private employers added 241,000 jobs in the United States in December, surpassing consensus expectations of 226,000.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday:

DJIA Today: What's Behind Monday's 331-Point Plunge

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DJIA Today, Jan. 5, 2015: The Dow dropped 331 points Monday as oil prices slumped and investors sold off on concerns about increased geopolitical tensions in Greece.

The S&P 500 fell 1.8% on the day. It's the first time since 2008 that the S&P 500 has fallen more than 1% on the first or second trading day of the year.

Here's a look at the top stories from the stock market today...

Stock Market Futures Down Today on Oil and Euro News

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Good Morning! Stock market futures today (Monday) forecast a 17-point decline for the U.S. stock markets.

What to Watch Today: Investors will react to the continued decline in oil prices and an update on new auto sales. Last week, crude oil prices hit their lowest levels since May 2009 as prices continues to retreat from June 2014 highs.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Monday:

Stock Market Today Closes 2014 with These Top Stories

Stock Market Today

Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today (Wednesday) will open up slightly on the final day of trading in 2014. Today, the markets will close at 2 p.m. ahead of the New Year's Holiday.

What to Watch Today: The markets are reacting to weekly jobless gains, which came in higher than expected at 298,000. European markets remained balanced this morning despite ongoing drama from Greece, where its political future remains uncertain.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Wednesday:

Stock Market Futures Down on Falling Oil and Greek Political Turmoil

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Stock market futures today are down 15 points, falling on Greek political turmoil and a continued decline in oil prices.

Among the top stories in the market today are new numbers from the holiday season, including optimistic news on Apple devices and shipping delivery estimates from two industry giants.

Here's what else will be moving markets today (Tuesday)...

Stock Market Futures Down Today on Greece Election Crisis

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Good morning! Stock market futures today (Monday) forecast a 53 point dip for the Dow Jones. On Friday, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit new records, while the Nasdaq hit its highest level in 14 years.

What to watch today: Investors will keep a close eye on events in Greece. On Monday, the nation's parliament will hold a vote to decide whether the body's leading coalition is able to gather enough votes to elect a new president.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Monday:

S&P 500 Hits 50th Record Close of 2014

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The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average rose Monday to close at record highs, with tech shares leading the surge.

Shares of Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) jumped 2.3%, while International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) gained 1.85%.

Here's today's scorecard, plus the top stories from the stock market today...

Stock Market Futures Up Today on Xiaomi, SPLS, and ABBV News

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Good morning! Stock market futures today (Monday) forecast a 52-point gain for the Dow Jones from Friday's close. Higher oil prices and news that the Russian ruble is on the rise are the main contributors.

What to watch today: Investors will pay attention to the Chicago Fed National Activity Index and an update on home sales in a Holiday-shortened week.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Monday:

Santa Claus Rally 2014 Is Not the Real Reason Stocks Will Rise

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The term "Santa Claus Rally" refers to a seasonal bump in stock prices over the last week of the year - specifically, the last five trading days of December, and the first two of January. This year it falls from Dec. 24 to Jan. 5.

The Dow has seen a Santa Claus Rally more than 77% of the time since 1896. Over that 117-year span, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained an average of 1.7% during that week.

Will we see another seasonal rally this year? Our experts say yes, but not for the reason you might expect...

Stock Market Today Moving on Oil, AMZN, and VZ News

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Good morning! U.S. futures forecast a sharp decline in the stock market today from yesterday's close. Dow futures are down 154 points.

What to watch today: The U.S. stock markets continue to retreat on concerns about falling oil prices, ahead of several labor-market indicators released today. On Monday, crude oil prices crashed to a new five-year low, slipping more than 4% on the day after Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) slashed its oil forecast through 2018.

Here's the other stock market news to know today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Tuesday

Dow Jones, S&P 500 Close at Record Highs as Energy Stocks Surge

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The Dow Jones added 33 points Wednesday, fueled by strong showings in the energy sector and expectations of more stimulus action in the European bloc.

Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones hit new records, continuing their surge toward the end of 2014.

Here are the top stories from the stock market today...

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