Stock Market Today

Why Market Volatility Is the New Normal

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Market volatility is back with a vengeance. The triple-digit moves in the Dow Jones Industrial Average we're seeing almost daily are telling us that markets are very nervous.

Investors are jumping out because they don't want to get caught in a correction, and they're jumping back in because they don't want to miss the next leg up. However, things aren't exactly what they seem to be.

Here’s the truth about the new volatility…

U.S. Stock Market Futures Sinking Friday on These Top Stories

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Stock market news, October 10, 2014: This morning (Friday), U.S. stock market futures were down, as global stocks continued their selloff. The same forces fueled yesterday's 334-point loss for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Global stocks slipped to a six-month low, causing volatility to surge, and the S&P Volatility Index (VIX) - the market's fear gauge - soared 25%.
Meanwhile, Brent crude - the global benchmark set in London - slipped to its lowest level since 2010.

Here are the top stories affecting the stock market today…

Stock Market Crash Fears Do Not Mean "Head-for-the-Hills" – Here's What to Do Instead

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Fears of a stock market crash were stoked again yesterday (Thursday), with the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking its biggest dive of the year -- a loss of 334 points.

Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, a seasoned market analyst with 33 years of experience, says this is not a "head for the hills moment," but an opportunity for savvy investors.

In this video, Fitz-Gerald also digs into the reasons for the mini stock market crash and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

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DJIA Plunges 334 Points Today in Biggest Drop of 2014

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) plummeted 334 points Thursday, giving back all of yesterday's gains. U.S. markets tumbled on lingering concerns about global economic growth and after St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said the market's view on pending interest rate hikes and the Fed's view are conflicting.

The S&P Volatility Index (VIX) soared 25% on the day.

Here are the top stories from the stock market today…

Dow Jones Today Readies for Start of Earnings Season

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Dow Jones today, October 9, 2014:The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 274 points Wednesday following the Federal Open Market Committee's release of its September meeting minutes. According to the minutes, many Fed officials took a dovish approach in conversation and are seeking a new way to convince others that they are not prepared to raise interest rates according to the previous timeline.

Yesterday marked the unofficial start to the September-quarter earnings season, when global aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) announced it beat quarterly result estimates.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Thursday profitable:

Dow Jones Today Will Wrestle with Slow Global Growth and FOMC Minutes

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Dow Jones today, October 8, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped heavily Tuesday after renewed concerns about global growth reemerged and investors took money off the table ahead of earnings season. The sharp selloff was led by cyclical stocks, which are typically tied to the pace of economic growth.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Wednesday profitable…

Stock Market Futures Down Today on Weak European Data

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Stock market futures, Oct. 7, 2014: The U.S. stock markets slipped on Monday during a busy day for the tech and healthcare sectors.

In a surprise announcement on Monday, Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) said it will split into two separate companies and lay off nearly 5,000 employees. The firm will split into two listed companies, one a personal computer business and the other a manufacturer of printers. Hewlett-Packard shares were up more than 4.5% on the day.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Tuesday profitable:

Stock Market Today Moving on HPQ, YHOO, and DIS News

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Stock market today, Oct. 6, 2014: The U.S. stock markets rallied on Friday after a surprise jobs report showed that U.S. unemployment fell to 5.9%. It is the first time that the unemployment rate has fallen below 6% since 2008. The report offered more speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will likely raise interest rates by mid-2015.

Here’s what else you should know to make your Monday profitable…

U.S. Stock Market Rebounds from Morning Sell-Off – Here's What Happened

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The U.S. stock market bounced back from a morning downswing to end the day flat, while investors remained cool about European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's intentions to define a specific stimulus program to help stave off recession in the Eurozone.

U.S. crude oil prices rebounded this afternoon after falling to as low as $88.18, the lowest price in nearly 18 months.

Here are the top stories from the stock market today…

U.S. Stock Market Slump Is a Chance to Buy

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The past couple of weeks have been rough on the U.S. stock market, with all indexes down from their mid-September highs.

So is now the time to take profits and throw in the towel?

Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald doesn't think so. In fact, Fitz-Gerald says he wouldn't mind seeing the U.S. stock market dip a little lower to make his picks even cheaper.

To find out where Fitz-Gerald sees the best buying opportunities right now, check out this video.

Dow Jones Today Driven By EBAY and Ebola Scare

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Dow Jones today, October 1, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 28 points Tuesday as both domestic and global data stamped out gains fueled by increased spin-off and merger activity.

According to reports, U.S. consumer confidence slipped in September for the first time in five months, while annual home prices growth crawled in July to its slowest pace in two years, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index. On the manufacturing front, the Chicago PMI showed a positive reading in September; however, growth has been fueled by rising inventories, which are climbing at their fastest pace in 41 years.

Here's what else you should know to make your Wednesday profitable:

Will Alibaba Buy eBay Once PayPal Is Gone?

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Ebay Inc.’s (Nasdaq: EBAY) plans to spin off its PayPal unit has left many on Wall Street salivating over the potential of the stand-alone payments business.

And some pundits are speculating that Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) or Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) might buy PayPal.

But they should be asking this question: Will Alibaba buy eBay?

Here’s why a deal would make sense for both companies…

Here’s why a deal makes sense for both companies…