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Dow Jones Today Hits New Record as Healthcare Stocks Surge

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The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit new records Tuesday, boosted by healthcare stocks. The Dow added 40 points after a fresh round of mergers and acquisitions fueled domestic optimism. Investors also grow more hopeful Japan's stimulus efforts will drive the world's third-largest economy out of recession.

Here's the scorecard from today's trading session, plus the day's top stories.

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:

Stock Market Today Led by PFE, AGN, and HAS News

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Good morning! Futures forecast a decline in the stock market today from Friday's close.

What to watch today: expect a wealth of news about Japan's surprise slip in GDP growth. According to government data, the island nation saw its GDP slip by an annualized 1.7% in the third quarter. This is down from analyst expectations of 2.1% growth for the July to September period.

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:

How We'll Play the 2014 Year-End Rally

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With the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 indices repeatedly making new highs, chances are better than good that markets will rally through year-end.

There are lots of reasons why stocks are headed higher, but one in particular is telling.

It's really a simple one, yet too many people have overlooked it; indeed, most wouldn't even give it enough thought.

And that would be a big mistake.

You see, if you understand that one compelling reason, you can pick some winners, and pocket big profits, yourself...

Stock Markets Will Win the Central Bank "Race to the Bottom"

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While the U.S. Federal Reserve has begun to reverse its easy money policies, other central banks around the world increasingly see such policies as an economic elixir.

And that will serve as fuel for the world's stock markets, says Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald.

As other central banks start using those same policies, the advantage is lost - unless they ramp up the easing even more. And all that new money will flow directly to the stock markets.

In this video, Fitz-Gerald explains how investors can profit from this situation.

Stock Market Today Moving on BABA, AT&T, and CMCSA News

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Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today will rise from yesterday's close.

What to watch today: Investors should get an announcement from e-commerce giant Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. (NYSE: BABA). The company just concluded sales on Chinese Singles' Day. The holiday, which was created to celebrate or lament being single in China, is the largest 24-hour online shopping event in the world.

Here's what else you should know - including your Money Morning Tip of the Day - to make your Tuesday profitable...

Stock Market Futures Up Today on Alibaba's "Singles' Day" News

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Good morning! Stock market futures today forecast a rise from Friday's close.

What to watch today: Momentum for shares of e-commerce giant Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) is today's biggest story. Tomorrow is "Singles' Day" in China. The holiday, which was created to celebrate or lament being single in China, is the largest 24-hour online shopping event in the world.

Here's what else you should know - including your Money Morning Tip of the Day - to make your Monday profitable:

The Most Important Trade You'll Ever Make

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Seasoned investors know there are ways a trade can go wrong for you - that's why thorough research and tight investing discipline are so important.

But, the truth is, there's only one surefire way to lose your shirt, only one move that's absolutely, positively guaranteed to cost you money.

And it's a shockingly easy play to make. In fact, as of 2014, more than 52% of Americans have made this fatal trading mistake.

They didn't see it coming, and, even worse, plenty of these folks thought they were actually playing it safe.

But there's good news: this trap is as easy to avoid as it is to fall into. And once you avoid it, you'll never have to worry about it again...

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