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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


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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Stock Market News Today: Why These Stocks Are On the Move

Stock market news today, Nov. 4: Stocks are kicking off this Monday on a positive note. Investors will keep an eye on Friday's jobs report that could deliver clues on when the U.S. Federal Reserve will taper its bond-buying program.

In other economic indicators, factory orders for September were roughly in line with expectations.

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up about 0.17% at 1,764 points, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 0.1% to 15,629 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index (INDEX Nasdaq: .IXIC) is up 0.2% at 3,929.

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Stock Market News Today: Big Day for Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Merck (NYSE: MRK)

Stock Market News Today, Oct. 28: Stocks are weighed in morning trade, reversing out of earlier gains as investors are hit with a disappointing report on pending home sales despite a more positive report on industrial production.

Pending home sales slid 5.6% in September to the lowest level in nine months, likely weighed by higher housing prices and higher interest rates.

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