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Stock Market Today: The Five Biggest Stories to Watch

Stock market today, March 11, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.21%, finishing at 16,418.68. The Nasdaq lost 0.04% to end at 4,334.45. The S&P slipped 0.05%, closing at 1,877.17. Markets dipped marginally on news of China's steep drop in exports and Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser's speech pronouncing that February's harsh winter was responsible for the recent stunt in U.S. job growth.

Here are the five biggest stories to watch today and how they're moving markets:

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Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, March 10, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.19% on Friday to close at 16,452.72. The Nasdaq lost 0.37%, closing at 4,336.22. The S&P 500 remained flat, finishing at 1,878.04.

Gold prices fell 0.86% to $1,340.50 an ounce. Silver prices slumped by 3.05% to close at $20.92 an ounce. West Texas Intermediate gained 1.00%, trading at $102.58 a barrel.

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Stock Market Crashers: Pixelworks (Nasdaq: PXLW), Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR), and Analogic (Nasdaq: ALOG)

It's a gloomy Friday for these stock market crashers: Pixelworks Inc. (Nasdaq: PXLW), Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: ANR), and Analogic Corp. (Nasdaq: ALOG). The three companies have dropped 23.89%, 11.04%, and 15.79% respectively so far today.

Here's what's causing each of these companies' dramatic drops...

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February Jobs Report: More Job Seekers, Still Too Few Jobs

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Following two months of dismal growth, the February jobs report suggests an improving labor landscape. But despite the numbers, the employment picture remains cloudy at best.

The Labor Department reported today (Friday) that employers added 175,000 jobs last month, beating expectations of 150,000. Yet the February figure is still well below the 280,000 jobs created in the same month a year ago.

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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Plunges on Ukraine News

Stock market today, March 3, 2014: U.S. stocks today closed markedly lower amid increasing political tension in Ukraine and Russia, while safe-haven investments like gold rose on the crisis.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.94%, or 154 points, at 16,168 points; the S&P 500 closed down 0.72%, or 31 points, at 4,277 points, and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed down 0.72%, or 31 points, at 4,277 points.

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Today's Pre-Market Trading Report

Today's pre-market trading outlook, Feb. 28, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.46% yesterday, finishing at 16,272.71. The Nasdaq added 0.63%, closing at 4,318.93, while the S&P 500 gained 0.50%, closing at 1,854.30.

Here are the top five stock market stories to watch today:

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Janet Yellen Testimony: Key Takeaways as Fed Stays the Course

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What stands out most from the Janet Yellen testimony Thursday to the Senate Banking Committee is that her remarks mirrored comments made on Feb. 11 in her first monetary policy testimony to a House panel.

Speaking on Capitol Hill about the Semiannual Monetary Report, Yellen repeated that the central bank is likely to maintain its approach of progressively trimming asset purchases. The taper will continue even as policy makers monitor data to determine if the recent spate of soft economy data is temporary or something more serious.

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This One Animal Could Send Food Prices Soaring

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On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will provide $3 million to help the one animal that will make or break U.S. food prices: bees.

Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of the nation's agricultural produce each year, as reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Bees and other pollinators account for one out of every three bites of food Americans consume.

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What Is the Strategas Lobbying Index?

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Just what is the Strategas Lobbying Index? Find out, and you'll be keyed into an investment tool has outperformed the S&P 500 Index for 15 years and running.

As of 2012, the index had beaten the S&P 500 by 11% for 10 years straight, and 30% in 2012. It doled out an average annual return of 17.4% in both 2012 and 2013, compared to the S&P's 6%.

"It's almost in the statistically hard-to-believe category," Strategas Research Partners managing partner said to Yahoo! Finance.

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Why First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) Stock Is Among Today's Biggest Losers

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First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) stock is down 12% today (Wednesday) after reporting Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.89 per share on revenue of $768 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had projected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.98 on revenue of $973 million.

The adjusted earnings added $0.25 per share related to a recent agreement for First Solar to sell its facility in Mesa, Ariz. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) earnings were $0.64 per share, which was down from $1.74 the year before.

Revenue for the full year 2013 was $3.31 billion - down 1.8% from 2012. Analysts at Zacks Investment Research had projected yearly revenue of $3.53 billion.

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Today's Pre-Market Trading Report

Pre-market trading report, Feb. 25, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 100 points on Monday, inching closer to its intra-day record high of 16,588.20. The S&P 500 struck a new intra-day record of 1,858.71 while the Nasdaq ticked up 0.69% to 4,292.97. Gold prices retreated from a four-month high.

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Stock Market Today Falls on Housing; Here Are the Big Movers

U.S. stocks were fairly stagnant today, with the three major indices closing slightly lower and wrapping up the four-day trading week essentially on par with where it began.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.19%, or 30 points, at 16,103 points; the S&P 500  closed down 0.21%, or 4 points, at 1,836; and the Nasdaq closed down 0.11%, or 5 points, at 4,263 points.

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

Stock market square street 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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Pre-market Trading Report: What's Moving the Stock Market Today

Pre-market Trading Report, Feb. 21, 2014:  The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 92 points on Thursday to finish at 16,133.23. The Nasdaq rose 0.7% to 4,267.55, while the S&P increased 11 points to close at 1,839.78.

Here's what's ahead for today's market:

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Five Biggest Stories in Today's Stock Market

Today's stock market news, Feb. 19, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 24 points to close at 16,130 on Tuesday. The Nasdaq increased 0.7% to hit 4,272.78. The S&P was flat, up two points to reach 1,840.76.

Here's what's ahead for today.

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