U.S. Economy

January Jobs Report: Even the Cooked Numbers Are Bad

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The January jobs report is another sign of how weak our economic recovery is - and it's not even taking into account all of the unemployed.

Friday, the Labor Department reported employers added 113,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate ticked down to 6.6% from 6.7% in January, a rate not seen in five years.

But we know that number doesn't tell the full story...

The decline in the unemployment rate is due to an ongoing trend: discouraged workers exiting the labor force.

The actual unemployment rate, the U-6 rate, which includes "marginally attached workers plus total employed part time for economic reasons," remains at an unhealthy 12.7%.

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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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Stock Market Selloff: Should Investors Be Worried?

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 326 points today, while the S&P 500 dipped 40 points and the Nasdaq dropped 107. In 2014, the Dow is down 7.3%, the S&P 500 5.8%, and the Nasdaq 4.3%.

Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Monday) to answer today's biggest question: Should investors be worried about this stock market selloff?

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Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Roundup

What are today's best investments?

Best investments for the week ending Jan. 31, 2014: A sharp sell-off in emerging markets, disappointing earnings from several key companies, and further tapering from the U.S. Federal Reserve left markets reeling last week.

Despite the nosedive, investors still have plenty of opportunities for profit. Money Morning keeps readers current on the best stocks to buy now and the best investing moves to make for any market conditions.

Here's what we covered last week:

Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Gets Hammered

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Stock Market Today, Feb. 3: U.S. stocks closed down Monday after a rough trading session on the heels of a disappointing report on U.S. manufacturing and ahead of a busy week for economic indicators.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 326.05 points, or 2.1%, at 15,372.80 points; the S&P 500 Index closed down 2.28%, or 40.7 points, at 1,741.89; and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed down 2.61%, or 106.92 points at 3,996.96.

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Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, Feb. 3: U.S. markets slumped on Friday and posted their worst month since May 2012.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 4.88% in January. Last week, mixed earnings from retail and tech giants collided with renewed concerns about emerging markets and production declines in China.

With our eye on the Opening Bell, here are five stories to watch this morning.

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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Ends January in the Red

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Stock market today, Jan. 31: U.S. stocks closed down Friday, wrapping up a rough January and the worst month in trading in over a year as several corporate earnings weighed on the market.

All three major indices closed in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.94%, or 150 points, at 15,699 points. The S&P 500 closed down 0.65%, or 11.6 points, at 1,783 points, and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.47%, or 19 points, to close at 4,104 points.

Energy futures closed down today. Light sweet crude oil for March delivery closed $0.74 to settle at $97.49 per barrel. Heating oil for March delivery closed down 1.0% at $3.00 per gallon, and natural gas lost 1.36%, or $0.07, to close at $4.94 per million BTUs.

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

Today's Biggest Stock Market News, Jan. 29:

Five Stories for This Morning

  • The State of Our Union is Expensive: U.S. President Barack Obama gave his fifth State of the Union address last night. During the speech, he demanded a guaranteed retirement plan for American workers, immigration reform, tax reform, gun control, and economic opportunity for all. The White House even announced it will back a congressional Democratic plan to increase the federal wage to $10.10 over three years, and then index it to inflation.

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2014 State of the Union Address: Nine Ideas You'll Hear Tonight and Why They Matter

SOTU 2014: U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address tonight, which means tomorrow most media outlets will graph and "wordcloud" his most used buzzwords like "jobs," "invest," and "innovate."

Instead of waiting until after the SOTU, we put together the nine phrases you're likely to hear tonight - as well as why President Obama needs to address them.

Here's your outline of State of the Union 2014:

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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: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Plunges 318 Points

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Stock Market Today, Jan. 24: U.S. stocks today are ending this week on a heavy note, as investors continue to absorb a swirl of disappointing earnings reports and worrisome manufacturing data from China.

All three major indices are logging solid losses: the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.96% or 318 points to 15,879.11; the S&P 500 is down 2.09% or 38.17 points to 1,790.29; and the Nasdaq is down 2.15% or 90.70 points to 4,128.17.

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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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