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  • Dow Jones Futures Up Today Following S&P 500's Flirtation with Record Highs Dow Jones futures

    Stock market news today, August 14, 2014: Dow Jones futures were up 17 points (0.10%) this morning (Thursday) following U.S. stocks' rally in the last trading session. Nasdaq 100 futures and S&P 500 futures were also both in the green. Yesterday, the S&P 500 Index saw a strong afternoon of trading, with all 10 of its sector indices making gains. The index is now roughly 2% below its all-time high registered back in July.

    But it wasn't all good stock market news - reduced consumer spending figures for July had an adverse effect on retail, and Brent oil prices jumped back from their 13-month low.

    Here’s a roundup of the top stories ahead in the stock market today…
  • Profit Massively from This "Margin Call" on American Homeowners

    Get ready. There's more trouble ahead for home buyers, home builders, and especially homeowners who took out home-equity lines of credit before the housing crisis. Those heydays have turned into haymakers.

    What's already started to happen might not only knock out the formerly aspiring but now petering-out housing recovery, but also might knock the already weak economy to the ground.

    Back in the good old days, when banks and mortgage shops were selling mortgage money and home-equity credit lines like carnival barkers wowing crowds into the big top, millions of homeowners stepped right in.

    That circus tent was nothing but a trap, however. And now I'm going to tell you what that trap means for those borrowers - and the rest of the economy... Full Story

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  • The Next Trillion-Dollar Mortgage Meltdown May Be Coming The fourth securitization deal of big investor-owned single-family homes for rent is here.

    Is this just another Wall Street gamble that will wreck the economy again, or is this time different?

    You be the judge.

    I'll tell you where I stand...

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  • The Fed's "Growth-Buying" Scheme Is Failing

    The numbers are in. And they are ugly...

    Based on preliminary first-quarter data, U.S. GDP (gross domestic product) growth is 0.1%.

    That's not much.

    But then again what do you expect for $3.4 trillion dollars of Federal Reserve spending to boost the economy?

    So the question is, how is it possible that we've got nonexistent economic growth, or worse, negative growth and possibly another recession looming, when the Federal Reserve since September 2008 has spent $3.4 trillion to prime the economic pump?

    This could push the whole economy past the brink... Full Story

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  • The "Holy Grail" of Energy Investing Is Going to Make You – and Your Grandchildren – Rich

    Storage has long been one of energy's biggest "Holy Grails." It holds the key to every significant move into smart grids.

    The reason is pretty simple: If energy cannot be stored, it is lost. Even transferring it from one type of energy to another is of little consequence unless you can reverse the erosion in the entire system.

    It's called entropy, and it's a pervasive problem.

    Now, there are a number of rather complicated ways to explain this, but let's keep ours straightforward. Over time, a system ends up having more energy than can be readily used. This is always the biggest drain on any attempt to structure a more efficient approach.

    So the basic question becomes how to "save" all of this energy from being lost.

    That's what's at the center of a breakthrough project I came across yesterday...
  • March Jobs Report: Still Stuck in Second Gear U.S. Labor Department jobs report

    The highly anticipated March jobs report out today supported what U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said earlier this week: The job market is not back to normal and the Fed has more to do on the unemployment front.

    This morning, the U.S. government announced that the economy barely missed expectations of 200,000 new jobs in March 2014, adding 192,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7%.

    The lukewarm announcement was cheered mainly for its revisions for... To continue reading click here...

  • Feed the Rich and Starve the Middle Class: There's Only So Much to Go Around People Rich guy

    Last week the Dow fell 200 points when Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen dared to suggest a timetable for raising interest rates.

    But then it recovered and ended down only 114 points on the day.

    And wait until you see who the real beneficiaries are...
  • Janet Yellen Testimony: Key Takeaways as Fed Stays the Course Janet_Yellen_Headshot

    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 Hand grain

    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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  • Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar what earnings reports are coming out today

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 126.80 points on Friday to finish at 16,154.39. While the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were flat. With several prominent firms reporting earnings this morning, pre-market trading and the futures are relatively quiet.

    So what’s next? Here's what's happening in today’s stock market.
  • Today's Stock Market News And Earnings Calendar

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked back above 16,000 on Thursday as the market continues to shrug off weak economic data. Due to the snowstorm that battered the East Coast on Thursday, the scheduled meeting between Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the Senate Banking Committee has been postponed until later this month.

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  • Why U.S. Retail Sales Dropped in January – and How You Can Profit 02132014KFG

    U.S. retail sales - which account for 70% of economic activity - unexpectedly fell 0.4% for the month of January according to the Commerce Department today (Thursday). The decline marks the second straight drop after a 0.1% fall in December.

    Auto sales were the major contributor to the miss. Sales of motor vehicles and parts dropped 2.1%, while Americans also spent less on restaurants and clothing. The report also showed soft holiday sales for retailers at the end of last year.

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  • Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 13, 2014: The markets were flat on Wednesday following one of the largest four-day bull runs in recent history. Meanwhile, a massive winter storm has paralyzed the East Coast. The markets will remain open, however, on Thursday.

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  • Why Wall Street Would Love to Bug Our Phones PBcheck Every month or so, Keith Fitz-Gerald, Shah Gilani or a few of the other editors here at Money Map Press will wonder aloud if the big Wall Street investment banks have secreted a bunch of listening-device "bugs" in our offices or on our phones. They haven't, of course. And our comments were made in jest - and meant only as a joke. But the coincidences that prompt these surveillance-by-Big-Brother quips can be quite remarkable. Let me share a brand-new story that shows you what I mean....
  • Today's Stock Market News and Earnings Calendar

    Today's stock market news, Feb. 12, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than 192 points on Tuesday after new Fed chair Janet Yellen stressed that monetary policy is unlikely to change under her leadership. The Dow ticked above 16,000 for the first time since Jan. 24. The S&P rose 1.1% to close at 1,819.75 and the Nasdaq increased 1% to 4,191.04.

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