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Stimulus Cut by an Additional $10 Billion; Dow Closes at a Record High

April 30th, 2014

The Dow Jones closed at a record high today, with its last record high being on December 31st. Nasdaq and the S&P 500 also ended the day in the green. The Federal Reserve announced today that they will be cutting the stimulus by another $10 billion, despite the fact that the economy barely grew in
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The Fed is Expected to Cut the Stimulus Again; BMW & Mercedes Announce Recalls

April 29th, 2014

Stocks close the day higher as investors continue to watch quarterly profit reports closely. The Federal Reserve is expected to continue to cut the stimulus package this week despite weak first-quarter economic growth. The economic growth data is expected to be released tomorrow morning with the Fed’s decision coming out later in the afternoon. U.S.
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Bank of America Discovers Math Error; Toyota to Relocate U.S. Headquarters

April 28th, 2014

The Dow Jones and the S&P 500 ended the day up while Nasdaq fell 1.16 points. Bank of America’s (BAC) stock fell more that 6% today after it announced that it was going to suspend its stock buyback program. The bank decided that it was imperative to suspend the program after they discovered an error
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Consumer Confidence Jumps to a 9-Month High; GM CEO Set to Make $14.4M in 2014

April 25th, 2014

Stocks ended the day the day down, partially due to the escalating tension between Ukraine and Russia. Consumer confidence jumped to a 9-month high in April so far, nearing the highest level since the beginning of the recession in 2007. Consumers are citing greater optimism in the economy and in their personal financial situations for
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Under Armour’s Profit is Up 73%; Stocks Trading Slightly Higher

April 24th, 2014

Though slightly higher, the stock trading was uneven this Thursday. Verizon (VZ) was down to $46.32 largely due to missing profit expectations. There is a rising concern that the company’s reluctance to offer discounts will turn away new customers in an already saturated market. Crude oil prices rise 0.5% to recover after a two week
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6-Day Winning Streak Ends; New Home Sales Fell 14.5% in March

April 23rd, 2014

Stocks end the day lower, signaling an end to a six day winning streak. New home sales in March fell a whopping 14.5%, partially due to severe winter weather and higher mortgage rates. SodaStreams (SODA) stocks were up nearly 15% during the morning session and closed up 11% after it was reported that SodaStream may
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Comcast’s Income Up 30% in Q1; NFLX to Raise Monthly Price

April 22nd, 2014

All three U.S. stock indices ended the day in the green after word of huge pharmaceutical deals. Comcast (CMCSA) reported that their first quarter income was up 30%, partly due to the Olympics and increased internet demand. It is reported that fast food CEOs make approximately 1,000 more than their workers. For example, the CEO of
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S&P 500 Extends its Rally; Netflix Beats Earnings Estimates

April 21st, 2014

The S&P 500 continues its rally and ends the day in the green for the fifth straight day. Ford (F) is expected to announce its new CEO within the next month. The automaker is expected to name Mark Fields, who is currently the COO, as the new CEO. Square is looking into a possible sell.
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Startup Funding Up 57%; Michaels Confirms Breach of 2.6M Cards

April 18th, 2014

Dow Jones ends the day down for the second day in a row, while Nasdaq and the S&P 500 end the day the the green for the fifth straight day. Mazda announced the recall of 109,000 older SUVs today. The automaker is recalling these SUVs based off a rust issue that could result in a
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Jobless Claims Hover Near Pre-Recession Levels; S&P 500 Ends Higher for 4th Straight Day

April 17th, 2014

Stocks continued to rally to end in the green for the fourth straight day, with the exception of the Dow Jones which ended the day slightly down. President Obama announced today that a total of 8 million Americans have signed up for health care exchange polices by the deadline date of March 31. U.S. jobless
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“Beige Book” Forecasts a Growing Economy; Low Risk of Inflation Over 2%

April 16th, 2014

Stocks end the day up after the release of the Fed’s “beige book” which suggests that the economy is gaining after a rough winter. The growing economy is expanding due to increased consumer spending and an improving labor market. Yahoo’s (YHOO) shares jumped up 11% yesterday mainly due to large revenue gains made by Alibaba,
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Should Big Banks Hold on to More Money?; CPI Rose 0.2% in March

April 15th, 2014

Stocks end the trading day barely up as they continue to recover from last week. The rising tension in Ukraine continues to be on investors minds which drew the stocks down but thankfully the better-than-expected corporate earnings reports drove the stocks back up. The chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, spoke at a banking
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Citigroup Beats Earnings Estimates; Google Purchases Drone Company

April 14th, 2014

Stocks rallied to end the day slightly up after Citigroup (C) announced that they beat Q1 earnings expectations. Retail sales also were up 1.1% in March which is the biggest monthly gain since September 2012. This signals that consumers are ready to spend now that the harsh winter is now over. Google (GOOG) announced today
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ADP Downgraded to AA; Nasdaq Falls 1.3%

April 11th, 2014

Stocks fall once again today, with Nasdaq falling 1.2%. Only 3 companies still have the coveted AAA rating from the S&P 500 after Automatic Data Processing (ADP) was stripped of its credit rating and downgraded to AA. The 3 companies that remain are Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Exxon-Mobil (XOM) and Microsoft (MSFT). Zoe’s Kitchen (ZOES)
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Dow Jones Drops 267 Points; Family Dollar Closing 370 Stores

April 10th, 2014

After a solid recovery yesterday, the stocks plummeted today. The Dow Jones dropped more than 250 points and Nasdaq closed down 3.1%. Investors believe that the Nasdaq selloff should be a cause for concern in the near future. Citing falling sales and poor winter weather, Family Dollar (FDO) announced plans to cut jobs, close approximately
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The Fed Releases March Minutes; Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide

April 9th, 2014

The Federal Reserve released the minutes from their mid-March meeting which showed that the overwhelming majority of its members believed that they should wait until 2015 or later to increase short-term interest rates. This news sent stocks soaring, especially the Dow Jones which rose 181 points on the day. Toyota (TM) is trying to avoid
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Tech Stocks Bounce Back; Stocks End Up After 3 Day Slump

April 8th, 2014

After ending down for three straight days, the U.S. stocks end the trading day in the green. The turnaround is due to tech stocks bouncing back with a vengeance. In response to the continual decline in soda sales, Pepsi (PEP) has announced plans to release three new products this summer. Pepsi unveiled their plans to
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Ford Recalls 435,000 Vehicles; Stocks End Down for Third Straight Day

April 7th, 2014

The stock slump continues as U.S. stocks fall for the third straight day, with Nasdaq falling 1.2%. Ford (F) now joins the automobile recall wave as it announced that it is recalling 435,00 vehicles. Ford has two separate recalls, one to fix rusty frame parts and the other to replace seat back frames that weren’t
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GrubHub Up 42% During IPO Debut; Unemployment Rate Remains Constant

April 4th, 2014

Stocks stumbled today, especially Nasdaq which fell over 100 points on the day. Investors are blaming the fact that the unemployment rate remained constant despite the job market growing by 192,000. Another factor is that a few “momentum” stocks, which include Facebook (FB), Tesla (TSLA), and Amazon (AMZN) shares fell today, possibly signaling that they
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Firefox CEO Steps Down, Groupon Returns to TV Advertising

April 3rd, 2014

After hitting intraday records, the Dow & S&P 500 ended the day down, along with Nasdaq. Nearly a quarter of The Star-Ledger’s workforce is being laid off. Around 167 jobs in the corporate offices of New Jersey’s largest daily newspaper are being eliminated in hopes to cut costs. Home prices seem to be leveling off,
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