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Ignore Today's FOMC Minutes; Here's What the Fed Will Actually Do in 2015

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Put the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes released today (Wednesday) in the back of your mind.

The prospects for the 2015 stock market raise a lot of questions. The FOMC minutes provide no answers.

Ignore the FOMC minutes. Here are three potential forecasts for the Fed in 2015...

Dow Jones Sheds Another 130 Points as Sell-Off Continues

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The Dow Jones suffered another triple-digit plunge Tuesday, extending Monday's massive slump as oil prices continue to fall and concern of global oversupply stings traders. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said this morning the kingdom will not slash production and will keep output high to protect market share.

The S&P 500 Index fell for the fifth consecutive trading session.

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

Dow Jones Futures Down Again Today On These Top Stories

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Good Morning! Dow Jones futures today (Tuesday) forecast a dip of seven points from yesterday's close. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 331 points, a 2% loss.

What to Watch Today: Investors will continue to monitor the situation in Greece, where an anti-austerity, leftist bloc is gaining traction. They could secure power in the event of a snap election.

Here's what else you should know about the Dow Jones today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Tuesday:

2015 Stock Market Crash: Watch Out for the Polar Vortex

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On a day (Monday) when we saw the stock market crash almost 2% - a 331-point loss for the Dow Jones Industrial Average - the prospect of a 5% correction in 2015 leaves Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald unfazed.

Instead, Fitz-Gerald warned of a 2015 stock market crash threat from the polar vortex.

To find out why Fitz-Gerald thinks the polar vortex could be trouble, as well as his opinion of several beaten-down big-name stocks, watch this video.

DJIA Today: What's Behind Monday's 331-Point Plunge

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DJIA Today, Jan. 5, 2015: The Dow dropped 331 points Monday as oil prices slumped and investors sold off on concerns about increased geopolitical tensions in Greece.

The S&P 500 fell 1.8% on the day. It's the first time since 2008 that the S&P 500 has fallen more than 1% on the first or second trading day of the year.

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

Stock Market Futures Down Today on Oil and Euro News

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Good Morning! Stock market futures today (Monday) forecast a 17-point decline for the U.S. stock markets.

What to Watch Today: Investors will react to the continued decline in oil prices and an update on new auto sales. Last week, crude oil prices hit their lowest levels since May 2009 as prices continues to retreat from June 2014 highs.

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:

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...

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