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The Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday) declined for the seventh straight session. Investors weighed news that central banks around the globe are ready to turn on the stimulus tap again.
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Japan's government cabinet announced it would inject another 28 trillion yen ($275 billion) into the financial system to boost the nation's stagnant growth.
Also, a major new stock market crash warning sign just flashed after Australia cut its interest rate to a record-low level. This is part of a larger trend that Money Morning Global Credit Strategist Michael Lewitt has said could lead to a stock market crash in 2016. Here's what you need to know, right now.
Before we get to those stories, check out the results for the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:
Dow Jones: 18,313.77; -90.74; -0.49%
S&P 500: 2,157.03; -13.81; -0.64%
Nasdaq: 5,137.73; -46.46; -0.90%
Now, here's the top stock market news today… and your best ways to profit.
DJIA Today: Bank of Japan Announces More Stimulus, Dow Jones Slips
On Tuesday, we watched the Dow shed another 90 points as the markets walk back from record levels just two weeks ago. At the time that the Dow was in the stratosphere, we warned that stocks were overheating. The key difference this time is that markets are still sliding despite news that global central banks are pumping even more stimulus into their economies and interest rates continue to plunge.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) Chairman Warren Buffett generated headlines on Tuesday after he criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The two men squabbled publicly after Buffett criticized Trump's recent spat with the family of a Muslim-American serviceman who died in the Iraq war. Although he is supporting Hillary Clinton for president, Buffett's statements are unusual given his penchant to stay away from politics. Instead, Buffett may be better known for his statements about times of financial uncertainty. Given that we are surrounded by such economic uncertainty, Buffett's words may never be truer. Here are five of his top quotes to remember.
Oil prices dipped again on Tuesday, with WTI crude prices falling below $40 per barrel. WTI crude prices were off 1.1% today, while Brent crude slipped 0.6%. Traders continue to worry about a global supply glut and short selling has accelerated in the market. The downturn in commodity prices weighed on the performance of large production companies. Shares of Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) were off 0.5%. Despite the recent downturn in oil prices, there is one fund that is a screaming buy.
It was a brutal day for automotive stocks. The nation's largest vehicle makers announced that July monthly sales fell below expectations. General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) said that sales fell by 2%, while Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) reported a 3% monthly decline. Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) were off 4% on the day, despite reporting a slight monthly gain. GM and Ford shares were both off more than 3% on the day.
Now, let's look at the day's biggest stock movers.
Top Stock Market News Today
- Shares of Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) were off more than 2.5% as the company prepares to report quarterly earnings after the bell on Tuesday. So, should you consider buying FIT stock after the company' reports earnings? Find that answer, right here.
- Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) is going to war against Snapchat. The company's photo-sharing application Instagram has developed a new feature that allows users to create unique stories. These photos and stories will disappear after 24 hours. Despite the news, shares of FB stock were off more than 1.1% on the day.
- U.S. entertainment sees big dollars in the future of China. Today, IMAX Corp. (Nasdaq: IMAX) announced plans to develop another 150 new theaters.
- Shares of Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) were up after the company topped Wall Street analyst expectations. Meanwhile, shares of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) were off 1.8% after the company beat Wall Street earnings expectations.
- On the earnings front, keep an eye out for earnings reports after the bell from American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) and Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: EA).
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Garrett Baldwin is a globally recognized research economist, financial writer, and consultant with degrees from Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Indiana University. He is a seasoned financial and political risk analyst, with a focus on stocks, hedge funds, private equity, blockchain, and housing policy. He has conducted risk assessment projects for clients in 27 countries, and consulted on policy and financial operations for some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including a $1.5 trillion credit fund, a $43 billion credit and auto loan giant, as well as two of the largest Wall Street banks by assets under management.
Garrett joined Money Map Press as an economist and researcher in 2011, specializing in alternative strategies with an emphasis on fundamental and technical analysis.