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September’s Bad Rep for Stocks Lives On; Microsoft Unveils Windows 10

September 30th, 2014

U.S. stocks end the day down, to cap of an overall down month. September is notoriously known as the worst-performing month of the year for stocks and things were no different in 2014, as the S&P 500 fell 1.5% in September and Nasdaq shed 1.9% this past month. Microsoft (MSFT) showed off its flagship operating
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PIMCO to Lose Billions on Gross’ Departure; Einstein Bros. Up 50%

September 29th, 2014

Stocks fell slightly today amid protests in Hong Kong. The pro-democracy protests that are occurring in Hong Kong are scaring Wall Street investors. PIMCO will probably lose billions of dollars, around 10% to 30% of its assets, when founder and star manager, Bill Gross, leaves the investment firm. Gross announced last week that he was
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Investors Urge a Merger Between Yahoo & AOL; U.S. Economy Grew 4.6% in Q2

September 26th, 2014

Stocks recover part of their losses from yesterday, but U.S. stocks did not recover entirely. Many investors, mainly activist investing firm Starboard, are urging Yahoo (YHOO) to merge with AOL (AOL). Both AOL’s and Yahoo’s stocks are up on this proposition. The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in Q2, after faltering in Q1. The economy actually
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Tech Stocks Sell Off Drives Wall Street Down

September 25th, 2014

Stocks fell sharply today, with the Dow losing nearly 265 points. The tech stocks led Wall Street drastically down, with Apple (AAPL) at the front of the pack, falling nearly 4% on the day. The price of a gallon of gas may start with a “2″ across most of the United States. Gas prices typically
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43% of Companies Experienced a Data Breach; Apple Stock Falls on “Bendable” iPhones

September 24th, 2014

Stocks finally recover, ending a 3-day slump as the Dow Jones finishes the day up 154 points.¬†Apple’s (AAPL) stocks fell over 1% today due to claims of poor construction of the new iPhones. There have many reports, by consumers, that the latest iPhone can be bent by applying light pressure. An annual study on data
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Global Conflict Drives Stocks Lower; GM Moving Cadillac HQ to NYC

September 23rd, 2014

U.S. stocks fell further today, following the European markets which also fell substantially today due to weaker-than-expected eurozone economic data. Investors are also growing wary and have become more cautious due to all of the global conflicts and the recent airstrikes against the ISIS in Syria. GM (GM) is moving Cadillac’s HQ to Soho in
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RadioShack Up 5%; Alibaba Down 4.3%

September 22nd, 2014

Stocks end the day much lower as Alibaba’s (BABA) shares fell 4.3% during its second day of trading. RadioShack’s (RSH) shares rose nearly 5% today after reports were released that the company’s executives are in talks with a major vendor to modify a “commercial relationship” in hopes of avoiding bankruptcy. In recent years, RadioShack has
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Apple’s iPhone 6 Release Overshadowed By Alibaba’s IPO Debut

September 19th, 2014

The streak continues as the Dow Jones closes at a record high for a third straight day. Alibaba’s (BABA) IPO was the big story of the day, overshadowing the release of Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 6. Alibaba’s IPO was set for $68 but surged 38% throughout the trading day to end at $93.89. Alibaba also now
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The Dow Jones and S&P 500 End the Day With Record Highs

September 18th, 2014

The Dow Jones continued its record streak, finishing with a record close for the second day in a row. But the Dow wasn’t alone today, the S&P 500 also closed the day with a record high. Oracle’s (ORCL) co-founder, Larry Ellison, is planning on stepping down from his position as CEO. Ellison will remain the
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Dow Closes With a Record High; Fed Set on Keeping Interest Rates Low

September 17th, 2014

The Dow Jones finishes the day with a record close, mainly due to the Fed saying that the will keep interest rates low for the foreseeable future. Janet Yellen announced today that the Fed does not have a timeline for when they expect to raise interest rates. Food stocks suffered today, in part due to
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Investors Fixate on Fed’s Meeting; Final Wave of Microsoft Layoffs Expected This Week

September 16th, 2014

Stocks end the day up, with the Dow Jones finishing just below a record close. Investors are keeping a close eye of the Fed’s 2-day meeting and are waiting anxiously to hear what the Fed’s policymakers have to say regarding interest rates. Many are fixating on whether there will be a change in the notion
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Tech Stocks Plunge; FOMC Meeting Begins Tomorrow

September 15th, 2014

U.S. stocks end the day mixed with the Dow Jones ending the day up, while the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones ended the day in the red. The demand for Alibaba’s IPO may be sinking tech stocks. Alibaba nearing IPO debut may be prompting sales of other tech related stocks; Facebook (FB) fell 4%,
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U.S. Stocks Post First Weekly Loss in 6 Weeks; Retail Sales Up 0.6%

September 12th, 2014

U.S. stocks end the day down, posting their first weekly loss in 6 weeks. Target’s (TGT) new CEO, the first to be hired from outside the company, looks to bring in change and a new perspective as the retailer is still struggling to recover from the massive security breach that occurred at the end of
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RadioShack Quickly Running Out of Cash; Unemployment Claims Hit Two-Month High

September 11th, 2014

Stocks end the day mixed partially due to weak jobs data. 315,000 Americans filed unemployment claims last week, hitting the highest level in 10 weeks. Economists believe that there is nothing to worry about as data can be volatile around holidays and we should be seeing a decrease in unemployment claims this week. RadioShack (RSH)
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Dollar General to Take $9.1B Bid Directly to Family Dollar’s Shareholders

September 10th, 2014

Stocks ended the day up, snapping the chance that they would end down for three straight days. Dollar General (DG) really wants to purchase Family Dollar (FDO). Dollar General has plans to takes its $9.1 billion offer directly for Family Dollar’s shareholders in an attempt for a hostile takeover. Dollar General’s offer has been rejected
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All About Apple – Apple Unveils the iPhone 6 & Apple Watch

September 9th, 2014

Stocks end the day down for the second straight day as the Dow falls nearly 100 points. Apple’s (AAPL) much awaited unveiling was today. As expected, the tech giant unveiled two versions of the iPhone 6, iOS 8, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. These new products and features will start becoming available to the
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Electrolux Purchases GE Applicance; Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price

September 8th, 2014

Stocks end the day mixed as the S&P 500 retreats from its record close on Friday. Swedish appliance company Electrolux has purchased GE Appliances for $3.3 billion. The deal will likely be finalized in 2015, but it still has yet to pass regulatory approval. If history repeats itself, Apple’s (AAPL) stock is expected to end
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Only 142,000 Jobs Added in August; Unemployment Falls to 6.1%

September 5th, 2014

The U.S. stock indexes recovered from yesterday’s loss and then some, with the S&P 500 ending the day with yet another record close. The August jobs report was released today, and it missed the mark. Only 142,000 jobs were added last month, significantly missing expectations for 230,000. On the bright side, the unemployment rate fell
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U.S. Wealth Gap Widened from 2010-2013; Apple’s Stocks Fall Further

September 4th, 2014

All three main U.S. indexes end the day slightly down. The Fed announced today that the wealth gap in the U.S. widened from 2010-2013. Inflation-adjusted income also fell during that time period for all but the richest U.S. households, with the median income levels falling 5%. After hitting a record high a couple of weeks
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Fed Releases Latest Beige Book; Telsa is Building Battery Factory in Nevada

September 3rd, 2014

Stocks end the day once again mixed. Tesla (TSLA) is planning on building its new $4 billion battery Gigafactory in Nevada. This factory will employ nearly 6,500 near Reno. The Federal Reserve released the latest version of its beige book today and stated that economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace over the past
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