Stock Market Today

DJIA Index Gains 227 Points on Fed Interest Rate Update

The DJIA Index surged 227 points Wednesday. The cause? The Federal Reserve indicated a slower pace for an expected interest rate hike this year.

Commodities rallied on the news, with gold prices jumping nearly 2% and silver prices up almost 2.5%.

Here are the day's top market stories, plus our new profit tip for investors...

discouraging news

Unheeded Signs of the Times

There was news last week of two negative indicators we haven't seen since the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008: the low level of the inventory-to-sales ratio – a key measure of future corporate profits – andretail sales falling, in February, for the third consecutive month.

We also learned the Atlanta Fed lowered its real-time 1Q GDP estimate to a moribund 0.6%, while jobless claims were back above 300,000.Lumber sales – animportant leading economic indicator – plunged, and technology bellwether Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) lowered its revenue estimate for the first quarter by $1 billion on plunging PC sales.

On Thursday, March 12, just as we learned this discouraging news, thestock market saw its largest rally in months, with the S&P 500 jumping by 1.24% (25.31 points)….

Why is this not surprising?

Tech Stocks

Tech Stocks Are About to Start the Greatest Wealth-Creation Cycle Ever

If you’re watching the headlines, you know that the Nasdaq Composite Index – the bellwether for the tech sector – has reached the 5,000 level for the first time in 15 years.

That’s prompting a few so-called “experts” to say tech stocks are in “bubble” territory.

I’m writing today to let you know just the opposite is true.

I’m writing today to let you know just the opposite is true.

Best Investments

Best Stocks to Invest in Now: A Fast-Growing Cloud Computing Play with a Dividend

Our best stocks to invest in for 2015 are seeing a lot of big gainers.

But there’s something particularly exciting about Avago Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: AVGO). This Singapore-based chipmaker supplies chips that help speed up processing in cloud data centers.

It’s up 30% this year, with even more room to grow…

It’s up 30% this year, with even more room to grow…

Tech Investing

Google Stock Gets Another "Buy" Sign with this New Deal

Google stock is one of our favorite tech plays. It got even better with the Feb. 23 announcement that Google will purchase the mobile payment company Softcard (formerly known as Isis).

Essentially, the search engine company is buying Softcard's technology to use as Google Wallet.

The purchase also guarantees pre-installment of Google Wallet on all Verizon Communication Inc. (NYSE: VZ), T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE: PCS), and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Android phones in the United States starting later this year.

Stocks to Buy

Dice Holdings (NYSE: DHX) Stock Is Our Oversold Pick of the Week

Money Morning's oversold stock pick of the week is careers website provider Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX).

Sometimes stocks get beaten down unfairly – but they're actually a great value. Dice stock got slammed with several issues at once. The biggest was disappointing earnings guidance last month. But its energy-oriented jobs websites also came under scrutiny as oil prices plunged.

But investors have misread these problems...

Defense Stocks

Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) Stock a Buy with 70% Upside in 2015

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) stock is coming into 2015 hot.

It's turned an unlucky slip in late 2014 into a 19% gain in 2015.

And the stock is still undervalued. Here's why Kratos stock has a chance to move yet another 70% by year's end...


5 Upcoming IPOs This Week Led by China's Wowo (Nasdaq: WOWO)

There are only five upcoming IPOs on this week's IPO calendar, expected to raise a combined $239 million. Four of the five are delays from previous weeks.

The biggest name this week is Chinese e-commerce giant Wowo Ltd. (Nasdaq: WOWO). The company follows in the tremendous footsteps of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), another Chinese e-commerce company that had the largest U.S. IPO of all time in September.

Here's a look at the rest of the upcoming IPOs this week...

Stocks to Watch

Which Player to Back in the Fast Food Wars

Investors fought over the IPO shares of Shake Shack like kids fighting over a McDonald's Happy Meal.

Initially priced at $21.00 per share, Shake Shack stock ended its first day of trading up over 100% at $45.90, moved to just north of $52 per share, and even after an inevitable pull back is still ahead nearly 95%.

The very trends that are pumping up Shake Shack's shares have left those of McDonald's, the most iconic name in hamburgers and perhaps in the entire global restaurant business, becalmed.

But a third player might be the best bet of them all...

Tech Investing

Cybersecurity Stocks a Top Pick for 2015 – Here's Where to Start

Cybersecurity stocks just got a huge "buy" sign this week from Washington…

When U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his budget proposal Monday, he called for a $14 billion to boost cybersecurity efforts. The Pentagon alone has requested $5.5 billion in funding for cyber defense.

While the budget will be picked apart by republicans, cybersecurity spending is one area that will remain a priority for both parties.

Here's the major profit opportunity cybersecurity stocks are seeing in 2015...

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