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The Early Read on 2015 Markets

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For the first time since 2008, stocks traded down on the last trading day of the year and the first trading day of the New Year.

Whether this will prove to be a mere statistical curiosity or a harbinger of troubles ahead remains to be seen, but there are enough headwinds facing investors to force them to don foul weather gear for the year ahead.

Markets are likely to see heavy seas in 2015 as the Fed starts raising interest rates and oil prices stay lower for longer than anybody expects... 

Stock Market Futures Suggest Cheerful Kickoff to 2015 Trading

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Happy New Year! Stock market futures for Friday, Jan. 2, forecasted a 76-point gain for the first day of trading in 2015. The markets will look to set the tone for another strong year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index increased by 7.5% in 2014; meanwhile, both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite increased by more than 11% for the year.

Today, investors will react to a slew of economic data...

Get these, plus top stock market news stories and Money Morning's investor "Tip of the Day," to make your Friday profitable:

Stock Market Today Closes 2014 with These Top Stories

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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)...

DJIA Today: Down on Falling Oil Prices, Greek Debt Concerns

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DJIA Today: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 15.5 points on Monday, as markets reacted to falling energy prices and renewed geopolitical concerns about the debt situation in the nation of Greece.

Despite oil prices rising this morning over Libyan supply problems, prices fell sharply in the afternnon. This dragged the energy sector down in the process.

Here's a look at today's top market stories...

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:

Stock Market Today Reacts to New Sony Hack

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Friday, Dec. 26, forecasted a 31-point gain. On Wednesday, the DJIA rose six points to close at a record high. Investor optimism continued on news that the economy is strengthening. Third-quarter GDP hit 5%, while the U.S. economy has seen 2.7 million new jobs added this year - its best performance since 1999.

Today, investors will keep an eye on the energy sector. Despite Wednesday's record-setting session, 20 of the largest 25 daily losers were energy stocks for the session. Large, multinational giants like Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., and BP Plc were all up marginally in premarket hours as oil prices ticked upward Friday morning.

Dow Jones Today Passes 18,000 for First Time in History

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The Dow Jones today struck an all-time high, surpassing the 18,000 mark for the first time and marking the fastest 1,000-point gain in history.

The markets were fueled Tuesday by a strong GDP report. The U.S. Department of Commerce said the U.S. economy grew at a pace of 5% in Q3, its strongest level in more than a decade.

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

2015 Market Outlook: Where to Place Your Bets

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The 2015 market outlook isn't much different from what we experienced in 2014.

There will be some gains, and some panicked sell-offs - and much will depend on the actions of central banks.

Here's where our expert sees the 2015 stock market heading.

Plus get two of our favorite stocks to buy now...

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:

Dow Jones Today: Another Fed-Fueled Rally – or a "Quadruple Witching"?

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Good morning! The Dow Jones today Friday could ride yesterday's Fed-driven 421-point surge. Or it could fall on "quadruple witching" - a market-dropping phenomenon that occurs when the expirations of single-stock futures, index options, index futures, and stock options all happen the same day.

Today, investors will listen to two speeches from members of the Fed Open Market Committee. They'll also watch for the S&P 500 to continue its 4.5% run since Wednesday morning.

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...

Dow Jones Today Soars 421 Points for Best Gain in 3 Years

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The Dow Jones today surged another 421 points as investors continued to cheer the U.S. Federal Reserve's timeline for raising interest rates. Technology stocks led today's charge, with Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) gaining 10% on strong quarterly earnings, and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) adding nearly 2.3%.

The VIX, the market's fear gauge, plunged more than 13.5% on the day.

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

RAD Stock Surges in Tandem with Stock Market Futures

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Good morning! Stock market futures for Thursday, Dec. 18, forecasted a 138-point gain from yesterday's close.

The Dow Jones jumped 288 points Wednesday on news that the U.S. Federal Reserve plans to be "patient" with its timeline for raising interest rates. Markets were also fueled by a surge in energy stocks, which received a slight bump from rising oil prices and declining capex spending across Canada.

Today, investors will focus on Russia, weekly jobless claims, and notable earnings reports from Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN) - and a Wall Street beat just in from Rite Aid Corp. (NYSE: RAD) that has sent shares up more than 13.5% pre-market.

Here are the other top stock market news stories for Thursday, Dec. 18...

Dow Futures Up After Russian Turmoil Ensnares AAPL and PEP

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Dow futures today are up after tumbling yesterday (Tuesday).

Markets faltered yesterday on economic turmoil in Russia, which has been hitting companies like Apple and Pepsi hard in their business overseas.

Here's what else you need to know today to make your Wednesday profitable.

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