When freshly installed Fed Chair Janet Yellen went before Congress yesterday, she mostly followed the script written by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. But now that she's in charge, everything she says will carry a great deal of weight.
Stock Market Today, Feb. 10: U.S. stocks were buoyant but fluctuating today, with both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 closing in green territory, although the Dow slipped.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.1%, or 7.71 points, at 15,801.79 points; The S&P 500 closed up 0.2%, or 2.82 points at 1,799.84; and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.5%, or 22.3 points at 4,148.17 points.
Stock market today, Feb. 7: Today (Friday), U.S. stocks closed in positive territory for a second consecutive session after the January jobs report revealed a declining unemployment rate.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 1.06%, or 165.55 points at 15,794.08 points; the S&P 500 closed up 1.33%%, or 23.6 points at 1,797.02, and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 1.68%, or 68.7 points at 4,125.86.
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%.
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%.
Today's stock market news, Feb. 5, 2014:
Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to close at 15,445. The Nasdaq ticked upward 0.8% to 4,031, while the S&P 500 increased 0.75% to 1,755.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Empires have come and gone. Some lasted a blink of an eye and some millennia.
The question is, after 9/11, the rise of China and a great financial crisis, where does the U.S. empire stack up to its predecessors?
Well, it seems the one commonality they all have is the point when their might was undermined by sloth and greed. And entitlements: free bread and circuses. For some it took years, others centuries.
Here, in a compelling and unique address, is what Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Roman Empire, might say to President Obama now about how to keep America great.
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It looks like the big banks aren't out of the woods from past indiscretions yet.
Just this week the most powerful court in Europe has accused 13 major global financial institutions (many US based) of colluding back in the heady days that led up to the 2008 financial reckoning.