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Markets Live Recap: Facebook and Amazon Rally to New All-Time Highs

Stocks rose sharply today as investors bet on a successful economic recovery with more states easing their stay-at-home policies.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) led the way, both closing at new all-time highs.

The Dow was up 1.5%, the S&P 500 closed 1.7% higher, and the Nasdaq rallied 2.1%.

Here's what our experts – Chris Johnson and Shah Gilani – saw live at the open and close of the trading day.

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Markets Live Recap: Why Stocks Gave Back Nearly Half of Yesterday's Rally

Stocks failed to build off the positive momentum that fueled the rally yesterday.

Yesterday, Moderna Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNA) posted positive coronavirus vaccine data and U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced the Fed would digitally add more money to the system as needed.

Today, reality struck back.

Morderna announced it would be raising $1 billion of new stock to take advantage of its 20% surge yesterday.

The stock dropped 10.4% today.

And you can add Howard Marks to the list of billionaire investors who think this market is overvalued after he said these "artificially supported" markets will fall when Fed aid slows.

Consider his remarks another blow to the credibility of Jerome Powell.

Overall, the Dow fell 1.6%, the S&P 500 fell 1% and the Nasdaq dropped 0.5%.

Here's what our experts – Chris Johnson and Shah Gilani – saw at the open and close of today's trading session.

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Markets Live Recap: Stocks Rise Another 2% Despite Record Jobless Claims

Stocks surged to close the week higher as investors think the worst of coronavirus is behind us.

That's even after the U.S. unemployment rate soared to 14.7%, the worst since the Great Depression.

Here's what our experts – Chris Johnson, D.R. Barton, Jr., and Shah Gilani – saw in the markets today.

And how they think investors should be positioning themselves heading into next week…

And how they think investors should be positioning themselves heading into next week...

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Markets Live Recap: Stocks Rise Despite 3.17 Million More Unemployment Claims

The U.S. weekly jobless claims number increased another 3.17 million people (versus the 3.05 million expected by economists) today.

That brings the total to 33.5 million Americans unemployed over the last seven weeks.

Stocks shook off the news, however, as the Dow rallied 0.9%.

The Nasdaq rose 1.4% as investors buy into technology stocks that are less likely to be affected by government shutdowns.

Oil was up 10% in the first half of trading, but closed down 3% in a volatile session.

And interestingly enough, gold was up 2% while Bitcoin popped 6%.

Typically, gold is negatively correlated to stocks and goes down when the market goes up.

Here's why our experts – Chris Johnson, D.R. Barton, Jr., and Shah Gilani – think stocks are likely to experience more pain to come.

And why gold (and Bitcoin) might be the big winners over the next couple years...

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The Dow Jones Today Will Be Carried by Earnings Wins

The Dow Jones today will hit a new all-time record with the latest round of earnings reports. Read on to see who's delivering this week.

In addition, investors saw good news in the housing market. Housing starts increased by nearly 4% last month, while single-family home starts increased for the fifth straight month.

Permits jumped to their highest level in more than 12 years.

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