It's the numbers that count in this crazy world. They can tell stories that words can't.
Here's a look at some of the fascinating, infuriating, amusing, depressing, and altogether important numbers that the world has put up on the board recently - and why you need to know them.
Stock Market News Today: Dow Nears 15,000
Perhaps lower summer trading volumes are leaving stocks more vulnerable to larger moves lately...
The stock market today fell 70 points to 15,010; the S&P lost nearly 10 points; the Nasdaq fell 12. This marks the Dow's fourth straight day of losses - the first four-day losing streak of 2013.
Here's the Key to How the Stock Market Will Move This Week
Coming off the worst week of the year, and with the very real possibility of the Dow Jones dipping back below 15,000, the question on everyone's lips is "Where's the bottom?"
That's why Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald spoke on Monday with FOX Business' Charles Payne of "Varney & Co."about just how low the stock market can go.
Fitz-Gerald looks at the stock market's support and resistance levels, and gives us a good picture of what to expect in the week ahead - and much more. He looks ahead to the Fed's Jackson "Black" Hole summit, and speculates on when the Fed's reindeer games will run out of gas.
Stock Market Today: 5 Reasons Why the Dow Fell 225 Points
The stock market today killed the idea of "turnaround Thursdays"...
The Dow fell 225.39 points Thursday, one day after the benchmark fell 113 points, its first triple-digit decline since June 28. With Thursday's drop, the Dow hit its first back-to-back triple-digit decline since June 19-20, when it plummeted nearly 560 points over the two days.
June's rout was spurred by comments from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) following its June meeting. At the time, the central bank said it would taper QE this year should the economy and job market continue to improve.
The current swoon, however, stems from way more than the Fed...
Stock Market News Today Why We Predicted This 10% Gainer Would Soar
Stock market news today focuses on winners and losers in the tech and consumer spaces, as well as how the S&P 500 will come off of its largest weekly decline since June.
Last week was tough for stocks since this year has been filled with rallies. Stocks fell as investors tried to understand the timing of the Fed's tapering of its bond-buying program.
Surprisingly, the market still seems very sensitive to any news on the Fed cutbacks.
This week, the market may continue to react to any news from the Fed, although other economic indicators are likely to be in the foreground of investors' minds.
Stock market news today starts with Japan, which we learned saw gross domestic product rise 2.6% at an annualized pace from April to June - well short of the 3.6% growth economists expected. The Nikkei was down more than 5% last week and is down another roughly 1% this morning.
Stock Market Today in the Red Ahead of FOMC
The stock market today is off to a sluggish start as investors brace for a week of important economic indicators.
Pending homes sales kicked off a week of tell-tale economic data this morning, while earnings season continues with Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Nasdaq: WYNN) reporting disappointing Q2 results.
Stock Market Today: What History Shows Us About Second Half Performance
The stock market today got the third quarter, and second half of the year, off to a strong start with all three benchmarks logging gains right out of the gate. Shortly after the open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 104.61, or 0.70%, to 15,014.21. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index climbed 13.57, or 0.84%, [...]
Stock Market Today Reverses Painful Two-Day Plunge
A sense of calm appeared to settle over the stock market today - one day after the Dow's worst of the year. The Dow was up nearly 90 points near the close Friday.
Gold prices, pushed below $1,300 an ounce Thursday, its lowest level in some two-and-a-half years, also bounced back Friday.
Equity and commodity markets sold-off Wednesday and Thursday on worries the U.S. Federal Reserve could begin winding down its market supportive stimulus program later this year.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who dissented against the FOMC meeting decision Wednesday, said in a statement Friday the central bank "should have more strongly signaled its willingness to defend its inflation target" and shouldn't have given Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke the authorization to provide an approximate timetable to end easing.
Bernanke's comments are indeed blamed for the stock market's steep two-day drop.
The Dow plunged 354 points, 2.3%, Thursday to close at a seven-week low. Over Wednesday and Thursday, the Dow shed 560 points, the blue chip index's biggest drop since November 2011. The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX) soared 23% Thursday, above 20 and a fresh 2013 high.