Today's stock market news, April 4, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.45 points on Thursday to finish at 16,572.55. The Nasdaq dropped 38.72 points finish at 4,237.74 yesterday, while the S&P 500 was down 2.13 points to end the day at 1,888.77.
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Top stock market news today, April 3, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 40.39 points yesterday to finish at 16,573.00. The Nasdaq increased 8.42 points, finishing at 4,276.46, while the S&P 500 climbed 5.38 points to finish at 1,890.90. The S&P 500 touched another record yesterday on positive economic data. February factory orders increased, while private-sector hiring in March increased to its fastest rate in three months.
Stock futures were up this morning, following news that China will likely increase stimulus efforts in the coming months in order to support its 7.5% targeted growth rate.
Top stock market news today, March 28, 2014: 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.
Friday's data will center on consumer income in February, an examination of February consumer spending, and a much anticipated look at March consumer sentiment.
Biggest Stock market news today, March 27, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 98.89 points to finish at 16,268.99 on Wednesday. The Nasdaq fell 60.69 points close at 4,173.58, while the S&P 500 slipped 13.06 points to settle at 1,852.56.
On Thursday, investors will be looking to GDP revisions and for any good news in the housing market. A gain in pending home sales would be surprising, and would increase the summer outlook for home sales.
Endocyte Inc. (Nasdaq: ECYT) stock skyrocketed over 130% today (Friday) after the Indiana-based biopharma won market approval for its first drug, a cancer therapeutic called "vintafolide." The drug was developed in collaboration with Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK).
Today, Merck announced the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) issued a positive opinion of vintafolide, along with its companion imaging agent, etarfolatide. The drugs were part of a group CHMP voted to approve during a March 17-20 meeting.
Stock market today, March 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.55% to finish at 16,336.19. The S&P 500 added 0.72% to end the day at 1,872.25, while the Nasdaq jumped 1.25% to close at 4,333.31.
The big news today includes a surge in U.S. food prices on the horizon, yet another U.S. bank settling for its bad behavior, Russia annexing Crimea, and a Microsoft swell to near-record levels not seen since 2000.
With our eye on the opening bell, here are five stories to watch in the stock market today:
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Yesterday (Tuesday), Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on CNBC World to talk over the biggest news from the stock market now.
Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a new record high at 15,746.88, and the S&P 500 closed at 1,770.49 (a 0.43% rise since yesterday). The rising markets are indicative that investors believe the U.S. Federal Reserve will see the data and choose to continue with its interest-rate lowering quantitative easing (QE) program.