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Why the Stock Market Today Is Jittery Over the Hong Kong Riots

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Unrest in Hong Kong could have very bad consequences for the markets, says Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, including the U.S. stock market.

Reports of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong overnight was the primary reason the stock market today was lower this morning (Monday), with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down as much as 170 before recovering somewhat later in the day.

In this video, Fitz-Gerald explains how Americans investors will be affected by the riots in Hong Kong...

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The Top Five Stories Moving the Stock Market Today

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Stock market today, Sept. 29, 2014: U.S. markets rebounded Friday, with biotech companies leading the charge. The markets got a strong shot in the arm after the U.S. Commerce Department revised GDP growth upward for the second quarter. The U.S. economy accelerated at its strongest pace in 30 months.

This morning, the U.S. dollar struck a six-year high against the yen and a 22-month high against the euro.

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YHOO Stock Now Has to Wrestle with Taxes Post-Alibaba IPO

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Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock rose 4% today, with Starboard Value LP reportedly buying up a large stake in the company.

The investment management firm’s decision is a positive development for YHOO, which had seen its shares tumble for most of the week on concerns that as it sheds its portfolio of overseas investments, the remaining core business will be valueless.

Here’s one thing YHOO needs to do to reassure shareholders now…

Dow Jones Makes It Clear That Inversion Deals Are Unwanted Trend

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Dow Jones Industrial Average officials just made membership requirements for its elite index even more stringent, prompted by a surge in inversion deals made to avoid the high U.S. corporate tax rate.

The committee overseeing the storied blue-chip benchmark just updated the definition for index inclusion. The classification now states that companies that conduct business in the United States, but are incorporated abroad, are not eligible for admission in the 30-stock index.

The Dow tweaked the language used in its process of accepting components into the coveted index to officially read that member companies must be incorporated and headquartered in the United States. Additionally, the United States must be a company’s largest revenue-generating country.

That means the new eligibility requirements clearly exclude companies that have moved overseas via inversion deals.

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Dow Jones Today Plunges 264 Points as AAPL and Tech Stocks Drag Down Indexes

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The Dow Jones today suffered its steepest drop since July 31st, with tech stocks leading the plunge.

The dive was fueled by a sharp downturn in shares of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), which fell 3.8%. Concerns about software glitches in its iOS platform and structural problems in the iPhone 6 Plus are heavily weighing on the stock.

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Stock Market Futures Dip With YHOO, SBUX, and AAPL Leading News

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Stock market futures were red across the board this morning (Thursday) following yesterday's trading session that saw U.S. markets post their largest gains in five weeks. Also this morning, the Commerce Department announced that orders for durable U.S. goods sunk by a record 18.2% in August due to fewer airplane contracts. The decline came after a record high 22.5% gain in July.

Here are the top stories in the stock market today…

Stock Market Futures Eyeing Syrian Airstrikes, Eurozone Concerns, and CFG IPO

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Stock market today, September 24, 2014: Stock market futuresare up this morning about 0.2% for the major indices, a day after the S&P 500 fell for a third session in a row and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 116 points. This all happened as U.S. airstrikes on Syria and continuing economic problems in the European Union and China rattled global markets. President Barack Obama said that the U.S. military will continue its airstrikes against ISIS fighters, raising new concerns in the international community.

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S&P 500 Falls for Third Straight Session on Syria Airstrikes, Weak European Data

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The S&P 500 fell for a third session in a row and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 116 points as U.S. airstrikes on Syria and continuing economic problems in the European Union and China rattled global markets.

Gold prices took a turn today, finally rebounding from a streak of nine-month lows in recent trading sessions.

Here are the other top stories from the stock market today…

S&P 500 Suffers Steepest Decline in Almost 7 Weeks Today Amid China Concerns

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The S&P 500 suffered its biggest drop since Aug. 5. on Monday as U.S. markets pulled back amid poor data in the U.S. housing market and ongoing concerns about manufacturing levels in China.

According to reports, China's finance minister said the country does not plan to increase stimulus efforts in the near term.

Here are the top stories from the stock market today…

Dividend-Paying Stocks: MSFT, MCD, and 22 More New Dividend Boosts

The profusion of dividend-paying stocks that have increased payouts over the last several weeks reflects a robust second-quarter earnings season.

Companies in the S&P 500 turned in 10.3% earnings growth in Q2 - the highest advance since 2011's third quarter.

Last week Microsoft </strong>(Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's </strong>(NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

BABA Soars 38% in Debut, but U.S. Stock Market Ends the Day Flat


U.S. Stock Market, Sept. 19, 2014: The stock market today (Friday) saw mixed trading. The Dow Jones closed at another record high with just a small gain, and the Nasdaq and S&P 500 ended the day down.

The day was dominated by Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), which finally went public after months of hype. The stock opened at $92 and ended its first day of trading at $93.89.

Here are more top stories from today...

Stock Market Today Moving on BABA and AAPL Updates

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Stock market today, Sept. 15, 2014: All three major U.S. stock markets were down Friday, while the S&P Volatility Index (VIX) soared more than 10% intraday. Economic concerns tied to the new round of sanctions against Russian oil and gas companies weighed heavily on oil stocks.

This week, investors will turn their attentions to the Fed Open Market Committee, which kicks off a meeting on Tuesday.

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