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The Dow Jones today moved 80 points lower in pre-market hours as trade tensions continued to dominate investor sentiment. Despite a solid day of earnings on Wednesday that renewed market optimism, the Dow shed 42 points by Wednesday's market close. Investors continue to worry about the fallout from the ongoing spat between China and the United States on trade. However, you don't have to – if you know how to profit.
Here are the numbers from Wednesday for the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq:
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Now, here's a closer look at today's Money Morning insight, the most important market events, and stocks to watch.
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Money Morning Insight of the Day
The Nasdaq is sitting at an all-time high. The Dow is sliding due to concerns that the market is too frothy. Where on earth can you invest for any serious gains in this environment?
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The Top Stock Market Stories for Thursday
- While the Dow continues to slide, the Nasdaq is locking in fresh gains. The Nasdaq hit an all-time record Wednesday thanks to a new record from Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB). The social media giant popped above $200 per share after it announced that its Instagram platform now has 1 billion users – nearly a seventh of the world's population. The company also announced the launch of Instagram TV, a new platform for "long-form, vertical video."
- Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) continues its slide into financial straits. Shares of Snapchat's owner fell almost 4% Wednesday after Facebook announced its new user base total. Several analysts used Facebook's announcement as an opportunity to downgrade SNAP stock, a list that included Needham & Co. and Cohen. The stock has declined more than 8% over the last two days. Don't buy it – the company is a "Banana Republic."
- Marijuana stock prices popped on Wednesday after Canada's Senate approved a bill that would legalize cannabis across the entire country. Canada is now the second country in the world – and first in the G7 – to fully legalize marijuana. The good news is that the delay in this process thanks to hang-ups over certain amendments. That delay has created an opportunity for smart investors to get in before this summer, when Canada goes full legal. Read here for our full list of the best marijuana stocks to own.
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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.