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Earnings Calendar: Here's What Matters This Season After a Rough Winter

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The earnings calendar for companies' first-quarter reports gets busy this week, and the perennial excuse of companies blaming poor weather for bad earnings will carry a bit more legitimacy this year - which only means more weather-whining than usual.

Expect the sectors most directly affected by the weather - transportation, autos, retail, restaurants - to focus on the brutal winter, but they certainly won't be the only ones.

The Best Play for a Scary Market

U.S. blue chips suffered their biggest drop in five weeks recently because the latest round of economic reports are fostering a lot of uncertainty about the prospects for continued global growth.
For most investors, it's been that kind of year.
But I continue to believe that the tech sector - especially here in the U.S. - still has a lot of fuel left in its tank.
Because I know a lot of you folks are concerned, I thought we'd take the time to alleviate some of those fears... and make some money along the way.
And the best way to alleviate fears is to initiate a plan of action.
So that's just what we're going to do.
Today I'm going to show you a strategy that will help you put the odds in your corner.
And I'm even going to give you a tech stock that will get you started.
When you're done reading this, you'll be ready to laugh at the next sell-off. Full Story

Stock Market Crash History: The Dow's 10 Biggest One-Day Percentage Losses

Stock market_square The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a 326-point (2.1%) plunge on Feb. 3, triggering a flood of stock market crash talk.  January wasn't any better – led by another triple-digit fall (318 points, 3.5%) on Jan. 24, the Dow suffered its worst January since 2009 and its worst month since May 2012, deflating 5.3%. (The […]

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This Stock Market Sell-Off Will Bring a Great Opportunity to Buy

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The stock market sell-off has made for a rough start to 2014 - and February could bring more of the same.

The S&P 500 Index fell by 3.56% in January, its worst monthly drop since May 2012, and was off to its worst start in February since 1933. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 300 points on Monday, Feb. 3, and had its worst start since 1982. And the Nasdaq Composite Index started the month down 106 points, or 2.61%.

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2014 Super Bowl Indicator Means Root For The Seattle Seahawks

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Investors who believe in the "Super Bowl Indicator" will be rooting for quarterback Russell Wilson, head coach Pete Carroll, and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday. And not only in hopes of seeing another enthusiastic post-game interview from cornerback Richard Sherman (although that would be a perk).

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Today's Stock Market News: The Biggest Stories and Earnings to Watch

Today's Stock Market News, Jan. 28: Stocks ended in the red on Monday after emerging-market concerns and jitters on future corporate growth left investors rattled. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 both declined, while the lone bright spot was strong quarterly gains reported by Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT).

With our eye on Opening Bell, here are five stories to watch in today's market:

Market News: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls for Fifth Straight Session

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Stock Market News Today, Jan. 27: U.S. stocks are compounding last week's selloff, with all three major indices dropping into the red as home sales fell 7% in December.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41.23 points, or 0.3%, to 15,837.75; the S&P 500 fell 0.5%, or 8.73 points, to 1,781.56; and the Nasdaq fell 1.1%, or 44.56 points, to 4,083.61.

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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Weighed by Weak Earnings

Stock Market Today, Jan. 22: U.S. stocks today are mixed and trading in a fairly narrow range as corporate earnings season continues - with lackluster results. Investors are cautious ahead of economic data tomorrow that includes jobless claims and existing home sales reports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average today is down 0.24% at 16,374. The Standard & Poor's 500 is up 0.2% at 1,841, and the Nasdaq Composite Index is up 0.46% at 4,245.

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Stock Market News Today: Housing Starts Weigh on Share Prices

Stock Market News Today, Jan. 17: The Dow is up but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq down in afternoon trading, and here's why...

Housing market data today revealed that new home construction fell 9.8% in December to a seasonally adjusted rate of 999,000. The numbers were weighed by starts for single-family homes and apartments, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.

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Stock Market Today Slumps on Sluggish Service Industry

Stock Market Today, Jan. 6, 2014: U.S. stocks, including all three major indices, closed in the red today as growth in the service industries was weaker than expected, adding to the heavy start to 2014 trading.

U.S. services sector shrank last month, with an index of 53.0, down from 53.9 in November and below expectations for 54.8. But, in a more positive economic indicator, factory orders rose 1.8% in November from a year prior, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.

In response, the Dow Jones Industrial Average today closed down 0.27% at 16,425, while the Standard & Poor's 500 was down 0.24% at 1,827 and the Nasdaq Composite Index is off 0.36% at 4,118.

In addition to today's economics reports, retail stocks are likely also weighed by the headline-grabbing cold weather, which investors expect to hurt January's retail sales.

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Stock Market Forecast 2014: Why the Market Will Keep Surging in the New Year

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If you've been following our twice-weekly conversations at Strategic Tech Investor, you know that I'm very bullish about technology stocks.

But I want to let you in on a little secret ...

I'm also bullish about the overall stock market.

In fact, I'm predicting that the Standard & Poor's 500 Index will advance 15% in 2014, rising from the current 1,795 to 2,065. That will not only take the closely watched index up through the psychologically important 2,000 level, it will take it to the highest level in history.

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