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Stock Market Futures Down on Sliding Oil and Greek Concerns

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Good morning! Stock market futures for Wednesday, Dec. 10, forecasted a 31-point decline from yesterday's close.

Yesterday, the Greek stock market crashed by more than 13% yesterday on rising geopolitical concerns.

And today, investors will be keeping a close eye on global oil prices, which slid again on news that OPEC slashed its demand forecast to a 12-year-low.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today...

Stock Market Today Moving on Oil, AMZN, and VZ News

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Good morning! U.S. futures forecast a sharp decline in the stock market today from yesterday's close. Dow futures are down 154 points.

What to watch today: The U.S. stock markets continue to retreat on concerns about falling oil prices, ahead of several labor-market indicators released today. On Monday, crude oil prices crashed to a new five-year low, slipping more than 4% on the day after Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) slashed its oil forecast through 2018.

Here's the other stock market news to know today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Tuesday

Stock Market Futures Rise After Jobs Report's Biggest Surge in 2 Years

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Good morning! Stock market futures for Friday, Dec. 5 forecast a 40-point increase from yesterday's close, which saw the Dow slip 0.07% to end a three-day winning streak. The market turned downward on weaker-than-expected weekly jobless claims and news that the European Central Bank will wait until January to decide on new stimulus action.

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Another Washington "Watchdog" Proves to Be a Paper Tiger

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I've talked about the dangers posed by the scary move the U.S. Treasury bond market made back on Oct. 15.

And my cautionary tale was totally justified.

Indeed, in the December 3 Wall Street Journal, the lead article in the Global Finance portion of the Money & Investing section was "Watchdog Warns of Risk in Markets."

Apparently, the Office of Financial Research (OFR), the watchdog team created out of Dodd-Frank legislation under the "watchful" eye of the U.S. Treasury Department, observed the same move that I did - and found it just as rattling.

According to The Journal, the OFR warned that "the system is vulnerable to repeats of what occurred in October when tumult in the trading of U.S. Treasury securities spread broadly to futures, swaps and options markets."

The watchdog group's just-released third annual report soberly noted that "although the dislocation that peaked in mid-October was fleeting, we believe there is a risk of a repeat occurrence," and further warned that resulting volatility "raises a host of financial stability questions."

That's not what you want to hear. Let me tell you why...

Why the U.S. Treasury Market Is No Longer Safe

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The U.S. Treasury market is worth more than $12 trillion. It's believed to be the safest market in the world. Whenever there's a panic and the markets freak out, investors dump stocks and buy Treasuries. That's the so-called "flight to quality."

However, back on Oct. 15, when the last flight to quality exploded, the U.S. Treasury market failed to do what it had always done.

It failed to be safe - and nobody's talking about it...

Stock Market Futures Down Today on European Stimulus News

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Good morning! Stock market futures today forecast a five point decrease for the Dow from yesterday's close. Oil prices climbed marginally, lifting energy stocks.

What to watch today: Keep an eye on the forecast provided by ADP Payroll Services, whose report offers the first glimpse of the November unemployment rate.

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Stock Market Today Moving on WMT, AAPL, and Uber News

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Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today will rise from yesterday's close. The Dow and the S&P 500 are forecasted to increase on rising oil prices and another surge in Asian markets.

What to watch today: keep an eye on global commodity prices in today's trading session, as global oil, gold, and silver prices are all rising.

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Stock Market Today: Oil Prices and Merger News Moving the Markets

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Good morning! Futures indicate an increase in the stock market today from Friday's close. The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs again on Friday, extending a five-week rally for the two indices.

What to watch today: expect significant attention to how Wall Street handles conflicting reports on confidence in the global economy. Although optimism turned positive in Germany, a new survey by Markit shows that global business confidence has slipped to a five-year low.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today, including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day."

Stock Market Today Reacting to Japan Recession News

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Good morning! Futures forecast a slight decline in the stock market today from yesterday's close despite positive momentum for European and Japanese stocks.

What to watch today: expect the markets to react to an important set of earnings reports and increased focus on the Japanese economy. After Japan reported it has entered a recession, its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the nation will delay a national sales tax increase from 2015 to 2017.

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