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10 Numbers That Shocked U.S. Markets This Week

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U.S. markets swayed this week from fresh data, Wall Street dealings, and life-changing global events...
It's the numbers that count in this crazy world. They can tell stories that words sometimes can't.

Here's a look at some of the most fascinating, infuriating, amusing, depressing, and altogether important numbers that the world has put up on the board recently - and why you need to know them...

10 Numbers That Shocked U.S. Markets This Week

U.S. markets

U.S. markets swayed this week from fresh data, Wall Street dealings, and life-changing global events...

It's the numbers that count in this crazy world. They can tell stories that words sometimes can't.

Here's a look at some of the most fascinating, infuriating, amusing, depressing, and altogether important numbers that the world has put up on the board recently - and why you need to know them...

What the Supreme Court Did for Healthcare Stocks

U.S. markets were relatively quiet last week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 0.4% to 17,946.68, the S&P 500 also slipping 0.4% to 2101.49 and the NASDAQ Composite shedding 0.7% to 5080.51.

The real action was in China, where the Shanghai Composite Index collapsed by 7.4% on Friday and neared a 20% drop which would constitute bear market territory. Chinese stocks saw their biggest two-week plunge since December 1996.

While the market Shanghai market is still up an extraordinary 70% since last November, China's central bank ran to the rescue Saturday morning by cutting its benchmark lending rate to a record low and lowering reserve requirements for some lenders.

Farmers may have to return to their fields if Chinese authorities aren't able to stop the obviously insane stock market bubble from bursting.

For us, Europe is the more dangerous place to be right now...

Stock Market Today Moving on BABA, AT&T, and CMCSA News

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Good morning! Futures indicate the stock market today will rise from yesterday's close.

What to watch today: Investors should get an announcement from e-commerce giant Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. (NYSE: BABA). The company just concluded sales on Chinese Singles' Day. The holiday, which was created to celebrate or lament being single in China, is the largest 24-hour online shopping event in the world.

Here's what else you should know - including your Money Morning Tip of the Day - to make your Tuesday profitable...

Stock Market Futures Up Today on Alibaba's "Singles' Day" News

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Good morning! Stock market futures today forecast a rise from Friday's close.

What to watch today: Momentum for shares of e-commerce giant Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) is today's biggest story. Tomorrow is "Singles' Day" in China. The holiday, which was created to celebrate or lament being single in China, is the largest 24-hour online shopping event in the world.

Here's what else you should know - including your Money Morning Tip of the Day - to make your Monday profitable:

Stock Market Futures Up on Republican Midterm Victories

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This morning, stock market futures indicate a rise from yesterday's close on news that the Republican Party will control both chambers of Congress in 2015.

The GOP picked up at least seven Senate seats during Tuesday's election, with the opportunity to snag an additional three in the coming weeks in Alaska, Louisiana, and Virginia.

Here's what else you should know - including our Money Morning "Tip of the Day" - in stock market news today...

Stock Market Futures Watching XOM and CVX Amid Falling Oil Prices

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This morning (Tuesday), stock market futures suggest an open 26 points below Monday's close as oil prices continue to fall on a rising dollar and the announcement that Saudi Arabia will slash oil prices to the U.S.

Today is also midterm election day, meaning American voters will decide how Democrats or Republicans will share power in Congress over the next two years.

Here's what else you should know in stock market news today.

Stock Market Futures Down Today on These Top Stories

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Good morning! Stock market futures suggest an open below Friday's close after disappointing economic data emerged from the Eurozone and China. On Friday's session, both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 hit record highs.

Today, watch for earnings from Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) after the closing bell. The health company has been the center of a long public battle between activist investors Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn over its marketing model. In addition, keep an eye on the election polls.

Here's what else you should know - including Money Morning's "Tip of the Day" - this Monday morning: