Stock market news today, September 4, 2014: U.S. stock futures were up this morning (Thursday) following a mixed trading session in the stock market Wednesday. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) - which accounts for nearly 9% of the Nasdaq - slumped 4.22% yesterday after a possible breach of its iCloud. As a result, the Nasdaq slipped 0.56% (25.62 points).
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Stock Market News Today, September 3, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 30 points Tuesday after a rash of geopolitical concerns hit markets, and crude oil prices slipped to a 15-month low. Rising concerns in Pakistan, Iraq, and Ukraine outweighed positive news on the U.S. economy.
This morning, U.S. futures and European stocks were on the rise as hopes for a ceasefire in Ukraine emerged. The European Union (EU) is hoping to avoid issuing further sanctions on Russia following the invasion of eastern Ukraine.
Stock market today, September 2, 2014: U.S. markets closed on Friday in the black. The S&P 500 sustained its gains last week, finishing the day above the vaunted 2,000 level. With U.S. markets closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day, investors will look forward to a heavy week of economic data, including the all-important August jobs report.
Stock market news today, August 29, 2014: U.S. stock markets today (Friday) are on track to post their fourth consecutive week of gains, and 3% to 4% gains in August. The S&P 500 has hit several record highs over the course of the month. After major indices closed down on Thursday, U.S. stock futures this morning are edging higher.
Stock market today, August 28, 2014: This morning, the U.S. Commerce Department revised second-quarter GDP upward to 4.2% growth, while jobless claims slipped to 298,000 for last week.
Last week, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi affirmed his commitments to Eurozone QE. Despite the optimism, many analysts remain divided on whether the ECB will act as soon as next week or wait until some point in the fall.
U.S. stock markets remained relatively unchanged this afternoon, maintaining their record highs. On a day of very light volumes, most of the attention focused on monetary policy in Europe and several retail companies that reported earnings today.
DJIA Today, Aug. 26, 2014: U.S. stock markets struck multiple intraday records this afternoon, as strong consumer data suggested further momentum for the economy. The Dow Jones hit an all-time intraday high of 17,153.80. The S&P 500 Index hit another record to close above 2,000 for the first time today, fresh off its first intraday rise over that landmark level yesterday.
Stock market today, August 26, 2014: U.S. futures were flat this morning, a day after the S&P 500 Index cracked the 2,000 level for the first time ever and set a new all-time closing high just shy of that milestone.
Yesterday's rise was fueled by confidence in the financial and biotech sectors, which outweighed concerns about new housing sales falling to a four-month low. This morning, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that U.S. durable goods orders spiked by a record 22.6% in July.
Stock market news today, Aug. 25, 2014: This morning, Dow Jones futures were up modestly on increased merger activity and rising confidence in monetary policy from the European Central Bank. In Jackson Hole, Wyo., ECB President Mario Draghi hinted at further stimulus to keep the gears moving in some of the continent's struggling nations.
DJIA Today, Aug. 22, 2014: U.S. stocks were mixed on Friday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo., failed to beat back renewed geopolitical concerns in eastern Ukraine.
This morning, NATO announced that Russia was building up a strong troop presence on the eastern border of Ukraine, while another convoy entered the country.
Today's stock market news, August 22, 2014: With members of the U.S. Federal Reserve and notable economists meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., investors await new insight today (Friday) into when the central bank might raise interest rates and plans to sustain growth in the U.S. economy. For the first time, protesters have descended on the small ski town, questioning the Fed's policies and the "so-called" strength of the U.S. economic recovery. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will speak this morning.
It's commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you'd be better off selling ahead of time before that happens.
No doubt it's tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the "sell" button.
The three companies I'm going to show you today, for example, can actually benefit from rising rates.
First, let's take an "Econ 101" look at the impact interest rates can have on stocks, especially when rates start rising...
Stock market news, Aug. 20, 2014: U.S. stocks roared again Tuesday, buoyed by strong earnings reports and a slew of positive economic data.
The positive data and strong earnings reports overshadowed any concerns about ongoing geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, Israel/Gaza, and Iraq. Yesterday, the Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week to discuss ways to resolve the problems plaguing Eastern Europe.
Today's stock market, August 19, 2014: U.S. stocks soared Monday on positive housing data and growing merger and acquisition activity. The Dow gained 175 points, while the S&P 500 Index is again taking aim at the historic 2,000 mark. The Nasdaq is back at a 14-year high.
Stock market news, Aug. 18, 2014: This week, leaders of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for the central bank's annual economic symposium. The meeting is expected to provide significant focus on the labor market and some focus on monetary policy for the road ahead. Meanwhile, this week is an important earnings period for home and consumer retail companies.