DJIA Today, Aug. 26, 2014: U.S. stock markets struck multiple intraday records this afternoon, as strong consumer data suggested further momentum for the economy. The Dow Jones hit an all-time intraday high of 17,153.80. The S&P 500 Index hit another record to close above 2,000 for the first time today, fresh off its first intraday rise over that landmark level yesterday.
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On Wednesday morning, the world's biggest online retailer announced a deal to place a new Amazon HQ (Nasdaq: AMZN) in China's Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) late next month.
A new Amazon HQ in China will allow the company to take on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) on its home turf, right around the same time the Alibaba IPO hits U.S. markets.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 7, 2014: U.S. stocks fell sharply in the final hour of trading Thursday despite declining jobless claims in the U.S. economy.
The ongoing standoff between the West and Russia continues to offset confidence in the U.S. economy. This morning, Moscow banned most food imports from Western nations in response to heightened economic sanctions.
The earnings calendar is jam-packed this week with big results from Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) and Under Armour (NYSE: UA) most recently, and results are helping the Standard & Poor's 500 Index hit record highs.
S&P 500 companies are beating on EPS and revenue at a rate not seen in years. The index components that have reported are beating revenue consensus estimates by 1.43% on average.
Stock market close, Friday, July 18: The DJIA bounced back on Friday, up more than 100 points following Thursday's worst performance since early April. Geopolitical tensions remain high following the attack on a Malaysian jet airliner over Ukrainian skies yesterday morning, and Israel's tactical launch inside Gaza.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied late on Friday after a surge by tech stocks overshadowed growing banking concerns in Portugal.
Stock market news today, July 11, 2014: The Dow Jones today (Friday) will open just 85 points under 17,000 - a level it was able to achieve late last week, but has since slipped back under.
Yesterday, U.S. markets ended in red across the board on news that Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo had its top shareholder halt the sale of the bank's stocks and bonds. At its worst, the Dow Jones was down 180 points intraday, while the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX), typically known as the Fear Index, jumped more than 5%.
Stock market today, July 3, 2014: Dow Jones futures edged higher this morning (Thursday) by 0.1%, following a DJI record finish on Wednesday. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures also signaled gains, up 0.12% and 0.24% respectively.
This morning, the Labor Department announced that the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, as the economy added another 288,000 jobs, crushing street estimates of 215,000.
It was announced today that Alibaba stock will trade on the New York Stock Exchange, according to a report today (Thursday) from Bloomberg.
The report indicates that the Chinese e-commerce giant could announce the decision in a revised IPO prospectus as early as this afternoon.
With its Windows operating system installed on virtually all of the world's PCs, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) was the personal computer revolution in the 1990s. And MSFT stock went on a 9,000% ride.
But now, with its growth phase over, mainstream investors have forgotten all about this once-mighty tech giant.
Dow Jones Today, June 24, 2014: The U.S. stock market dipped on Tuesday despite continued positive economic data in consumer confidence and domestic housing markets. Consumer confidence struck its highest monthly level since January 2008. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that new home sales increased 18.6%, reaching a seasonally adjusted rate of 504,000 units for the year. This is the highest level since May 2008.
In December of 1999, Radioshack Corp. (NYSE: RSH) stock was worth more than $76 per share. Today, RSH is worth less than $1.
And while RadioShack is the most recent example of a high-flying stock that dropped to penny-stock levels, there are plenty of other major companies that are prime candidates to make the same move.
Just because Bitcoin is a disruptive technology doesn't mean we won't see some Bitcoin stock winners - companies that will exploit the digital currency for the benefit of their own businesses.
We can find Bitcoin stock winners in several industries. Some are reaping a benefit now, while others will need to wait a few years until Bitcoin "goes mainstream," and average people start using it.
Unveiled today in Seattle, the Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) Fire Phone is everything the rumors promised and more, but there was one surprise - the price.
Instead of offering the Amazon Fire Phone at a nominal $99, the online retail giant is charging $199 for its 32-gigabyte model and $299 for its 64-GB model.
And those are the subsidized prices. AMZN is also selling the Fire Phone at unsubsidized prices: $649 and $749, pitting it directly against the high-end iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5.