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U.S. Stock Futures Moving on Possible TWTR Merger and HD Lawsuits

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U.S. stock futures are up a little more than 40 points this morning.

Markets will be moving on crucial GDP revisions today (Tuesday), as well as the release of new housing data.

Also making headlines is the potential for a mysterious Twitter Inc. (Nasdaq: TWTR) merger, and new developments from The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) cybersecurity breach.

Here's what else will be moving markets this Tuesday...

Stock Market Today: Oil Prices and Merger News Moving the Markets

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Good morning! Futures indicate an increase in the stock market today from Friday's close. The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs again on Friday, extending a five-week rally for the two indices.

What to watch today: expect significant attention to how Wall Street handles conflicting reports on confidence in the global economy. Although optimism turned positive in Germany, a new survey by Markit shows that global business confidence has slipped to a five-year low.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today, including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day."

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...

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