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The VIX, the market's volatility gauge, slipped more than 3% on the day, a sign that the markets are shedding concerns about geopolitical tensions.
Dow: 17,613.74, +39.81, +0.23%
S&P 500: 2,038.26, +6.34, +0.31%
Nasdaq: 4,651.62, +19.08, +0.41%
What Moved the Markets Today: With elections in the rearview mirror and confidence rising after the U.S. unemployment rate slipped to 5.8%, investors are optimistic about the current state of the American economy. Events in Europe still remain central to investor confidence, but the light slate of economic data combined with positive short-term hindsight had investors looking forward to China's largest e-commerce event, "Singles' Day."
Now check out the day's most important market notes:
- Net Neutrality Battle Heats Up: Online providers slumped on news that U.S. President Barack Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to introduce Net Neutrality regulations to balance traffic on the Internet. Shares of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) slipped nearly 4% on news that the U.S government was aiming to introduce new regulations on Internet traffic. The president is pushing for the FCC to regulate Internet companies in the same manner as public utilities.
- USPS Data Breach: On the heels of The Home Depot Inc.'s (NYSE: HD) recent data breach, America's postal service is the next to fall victim to a cyberattack. The USPS announced this morning nearly a half-million employees could be affected by the data breach.
- Singles' Day Surge: Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) jumped 4% ahead of Tuesday's "Singles' Day" shopping event. The holiday, which was created to celebrate or lament being single in China, is the largest 24-hour online shopping event in the world. In 2013, Alibaba processed a record $5.8 billion in transactions on Singles' Day, crushing the $1.6 billion in sales during American online shopping event Cyber Monday.
- Hack Attack: Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. (Nasdaq: FEYE) announced research this afternoon showing Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and iPad technology is highly prone to data attacks. FireEye said harmful malware could permit hackers to breach sensitive financial and password data. Shares of Apple were down marginally on the day. Get the most important AAPL info here.
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