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Dow Jones Today Falls 95 Points as Greek Debt Woes Continue

The Dow Jones today slipped 95 points. The cause? Concerns over Greek debt and the Chinese economy offset optimism about an improving energy sector.

China's export levels slipped 3.3% from a year ago, while its imports dropped a staggering 19.9%. The announcement was far worse than economists expected and raised new concerns about the world's second-largest economy.

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Dow Jones Climbs 196 Points on Oil, Energy Sector Gains

The Dow Jones jumped 196 points Monday in a volatile session. Why the rise? Oil prices surged again after a massive strike at U.S. refineries created supply concerns.

The ISM manufacturing index hit 53.5 in January, well below expectations of 54.5. Meanwhile, consumer spending in December saw its largest decline since 2009 despite falling energy prices.

Here are the other top market stories from today - plus our new profit tip for investors...

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Dow Jones Drops 251 Points Friday as Oil Prices Surge

The Dow Jones fell 251 points today. The cause? An afternoon oil-price surge caught the market off guard.

West Texas Intermediate crude jumped 8% in New York after Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish forces near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and news emerged that the U.S. rig count, an indicator of forward production, slipped by 7% this week.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average Is Up on Home Sales and These Top Stories

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained Thursday on positive news in the housing market. Data from the National Association of Realtors indicated a 1.3% increase in home sales in April. This is the first increase of the year.

Also contributing to the Dow's rise were abating concerns about the Chinese manufacturing sector.

Here are closing numbers for U.S. markets, and the top stories from today…

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Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls on Fed Worries

In the stock market today, all three major U.S. indices closed lower as concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve might raise rates sooner than expected continued to weigh on traders' minds.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 4.76 points to finish at 16,264.23. The Nasdaq dropped 22.35 points finish at 4,151.23, while the S&P 500 slid 3.52 to close at 1,849.04. Meanwhile, gold prices fell $8.70 to close at $1,294.70 – below the $1,300 threshold for the first time in six weeks.

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Stock Market Crash History: The Dow's 10 Biggest One-Day Plunges

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 326 points (2.1%) on Feb. 3, triggering a flood of stock market crash talk. 

January wasn't any better – the Dow suffered its worst January since 2009 and its worst month since May 2012, deflating 5.3%. (The S&P 500 slid 3.6%, also its worst monthly performance since May 2012, and the Nasdaq dropped 1.7%, its worst since October 2012.)

Three factors are making market-watchers fearful of a full-blown stock market crash:

  1. The Dow climbed 27.36% in 2013.
  2. An official market correction – defined as a decline of 10% or more – hasn't happened since 2011.
  3. The VIX, Wall Street's volatility measure and "fear gauge," climbed almost 9% on Feb. 3, its highest level since October 2013.

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