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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...

Stock Market Futures Down Today on European Stimulus News

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Good morning! Stock market futures today forecast a five point decrease for the Dow from yesterday's close. Oil prices climbed marginally, lifting energy stocks.

What to watch today: Keep an eye on the forecast provided by ADP Payroll Services, whose report offers the first glimpse of the November unemployment rate.

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 Tuesday:

Stock Market Today Moving on WMT, AAPL, and Uber News

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Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today will rise from yesterday's close. The Dow and the S&P 500 are forecasted to increase on rising oil prices and another surge in Asian markets.

What to watch today: keep an eye on global commodity prices in today's trading session, as global oil, gold, and silver prices are all rising.

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 Tuesday:

S&P 500 Suffers Biggest One-Day Drop in Over 5 Weeks

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U.S. stock markets retreated Monday in a broad sell-off, fueled by new concerns about weaknesses in global manufacturing, sluggish U.S. retail sales, and an embattled Japanese economy.

The S&P 500 had its biggest one-day drop in more than five weeks. The Nasdaq suffered its steepest decline in seven weeks.

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

Stock Market Today: Oil Prices and Merger News Moving the Markets

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Good morning! Futures indicate an increase in the stock market today from Friday's close. The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs again on Friday, extending a five-week rally for the two indices.

What to watch today: expect significant attention to how Wall Street handles conflicting reports on confidence in the global economy. Although optimism turned positive in Germany, a new survey by Markit shows that global business confidence has slipped to a five-year low.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today, including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day."

Stock Market Today Reacting to Japan Recession News

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Good morning! Futures forecast a slight decline in the stock market today from yesterday's close despite positive momentum for European and Japanese stocks.

What to watch today: expect the markets to react to an important set of earnings reports and increased focus on the Japanese economy. After Japan reported it has entered a recession, its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the nation will delay a national sales tax increase from 2015 to 2017.

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

S&P 500 Hits New Record High on Fresh Round of Deals

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The S&P 500 eked out a 1.5-point gain Monday to strike yet another record high as a fresh round of mergers and acquisitions fueled optimism in the markets.

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

Stock Market Futures Heading Down After Five Straight Record Closes

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Today (Wednesday), stock market futures are going down. This is after five straight record closes.

Between a sales tax hike discussion in Japan, and a social media stock analyst meeting, there are plenty of stories that the markets will be moving on.

Here's what else you'll need to know to make today's investing profitable.

U.S. Stock Market Enjoyed Yet Another Day Without a Crazy Plunge

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U.S. stock markets failed to move much Monday. It appears investors aren't prepared to take much action until the start of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Tuesday and the central bank's announcement on Wednesday regarding rate hikes and stimulus efforts.

The Dow Jones managed to tack on 12.27 points, while the S&P 500 lost 2.95 points.

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

S&P 500 Soars Today to End Its Best Week of 2014

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U.S. stock markets jumped again Friday, bringing an end to one of the markets' best weeks in nearly two years.

The S&P 500 Index was up roughly 3.7% on the week and logged its biggest weekly gain of 2014. The Dow Jones added 127 points on the day, while the Nasdaq added another 30 points.

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

U.S. Stock Markets End the Day Flat but AAL, UAL, and Other Airline Shares Rise

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U.S. stock markets ended the day flat Tuesday after struggling to rebound, with yet another late sell-off hitting the markets in the final hour. The S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq managed to eke out modest gains, but the Dow Jones slipped another 5 points.

Airline stocks were the big winners today, with AAL soaring 10%.

Here are the top stories from the stock market today…

S&P 500 and Nasdaq Suffer Worst Week Since May 2012

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U.S. stock markets continued their downward spiral today (Friday). The sell-off accelerated in the final hour of trading, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipping another 115 points. This was the worst week for both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq since May 2012.

The S&P Volatility Index (VIX) jumped another 13%, finishing one of the most volatile trading weeks of 2014.

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