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Today's Stock Market News Includes the ABBV-SHPG Merger, Alibaba, and More

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Stock market news today, July 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average was hammered on Thursday and the S&P Volatility Index soared when a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in a Ukraine. Suspicions swirled on whether it was shot down by Russians or pro-Russian separatists. Commodity prices in gold, oil, and agriculture saw strong gains as investors fled to hard assets.

Here are the top stock market news stories for Friday, including a new Alibaba IPO date, details from the ABBV-SHPG merger, MS earnings, and more...

Stock Market Today Sees Biotech and Social Media Stocks Slump after Yellen Testimony

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Stock Market Today, July 15, 2014: U.S. markets slacked on Tuesday after statements by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen in front of the Senate Banking Committee indicated that some sectors might be overvalued. Biotech and social media shares slumped in the afternoon. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index ETF (Nasdaq: IBB) slumped by more than 2.5% after Yellen's testimony.

And here are the top stories from the stock market today...

Stock Market News: DJIA Hits Another Record, BAC, JPM, and GS Lead Financial Sector

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Stock Market News, July 14, 2014: U.S. markets rallied on Monday as concerns over European debt subsided and investors took a more optimistic stance on second-quarter profit season. The financial sector led the charge ahead of their earnings this week. Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) were all up more than 1% on the day.

Here are the top stock market news stories of the day:

A Cut-to-Bone List of the Top Stock Market News Stories Today – FDO, LL, BAC, and More

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Stock market news today, July 10, 2014: At its worst, the Dow Jones was down 180 points intraday. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX), typically known as the Fear Index, jumped more than 5% this afternoon.

On the jobs front, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits reached a seven-year low.

Here’s the scorecard from Thursday’s trading session, and the top stories in stock market news today…

Dow Jones Industrial Average Drops 117 Points on a Pullback We Predicted

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Stock market news, July 8, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday) plummeted more than 150 points in the morning, and closed the day with a 117.59-point loss. This is the largest one-day decline in nearly two months, as investors remain cautious ahead of corporate earnings season. Eight of the ten S&P sectors were down on the day, with utilities and consumer discretionary stocks as the lone gainers.

Here’s what’s behind today’s fall, plus the top stories that affected the stock market today…

Stock Market Today: BBRY, BDSI, and IPO News You Can't Miss

Stock Market Today, July 7, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 50 points as investors weren't willing to take risky positions ahead of earnings season. Cyclical and small-cap stocks lagged the hardest this afternoon. The CBOE Volatility index soared more than 11%, the largest hike in nearly three months. The bounce was significant, as the index hit its lowest level since February 2007 last Thursday.

And here are the top stories from the stock market today:

Stock Market Close: GPRO Soars Again, While GM, DG, and CZR Run into Trouble

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Stock market close, June 27, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Friday) was flat despite a rise in consumer sentiment. Next week, look for a heavy slate of economic reports, including the June unemployment report, factory orders, and the ISM manufacturing composite index.

Here’s the scorecard from Friday’s trading session, plus top news on GPRO, DG, GM, CZR, and more...

Stock Market Today Rises – Despite 2.9% GDP Slip – on These Top Stories

The stock market today (Wednesday) rose despite news that the U.S. economy slumped more than expected in the first quarter. Revised GDP figures for Q1 revealed the worst non-recession performance in four decades, with a 2.9% slip. The decline is also the sharpest downturn in five years, and is a significant revision from the 1% decline tallied in April.

And here are the top stories that affected the stock market today:

Dow Jones Today Drops 119 Points on These Top Stories

Dow Jones Today, June 24, 2014: The U.S. stock market dipped on Tuesday despite continued positive economic data in consumer confidence and domestic housing markets. Consumer confidence struck its highest monthly level since January 2008. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that new home sales increased 18.6%, reaching a seasonally adjusted rate of 504,000 units for the year. This is the highest level since May 2008.

And here are the top stories from the stock market today:

Stock Market Today: Merger News and Home Sales Moving Markets

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Stock market today, June 23, 2014: U.S. stock markets dipped on Monday as corporate mergers continued to make headlines and the United States saw home sales rise for a second consecutive month. Last month, sales of previously owned homes increased by 4.9%, the fastest one-month gain since August 2011.

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil was up 0.83% to $107.26 a barrel. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note remained in Friday's range of 2.61%.

And here are the top stories from the stock market today:

How to Invest in an Aging Bull Market

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both routinely making record highs, figuring out how to invest in this aging bull market has gotten increasingly challenging.

But not impossible.

"There's still plenty of upside if you know where to look," said Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald. "The game has become more one of choosing the right stocks than it is worrying about what the broader index is doing."

Fitz-Gerald says investors need to focus on three specific things...