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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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Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) Down on Loan Funding Source

September 17th, 2014

Shares of Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) fell on Tuesday, on a strong day overall on Wall Street. Sears stock closed down 9.40%, losing $3.15 per share, to close at $30.37 on volume of 3,654,016 shares. The company disclosed that it is borrowing $400 million from Chief Executive Edward Lampert’s hedge fund, in
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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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Allergan (AGN), Valeant and Pershing Capital Agree On Meeting

September 16th, 2014

Shares of Allergan Inc. (AGN) were up +1.44 or +0.85 percent to $170.00 per share in premarket trading this morning, after the company announced late yesterday that an agreement had been struck between Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital to proceed with a special shareholder’s meeting. Allergan stock closed down -0.69 or
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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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Netflix (NFLX) Expands to Six European Markets

September 15th, 2014

Shares of Netflix Inc. (NFLX) were trading up +1.16 or +0.24 percent to $477.71 per share in this morning’s premarket, after news that Netflix will be expanding into six new European markets beginning today. The expansion will begin in France where Netflix executives have spent months negotiating with the French government. Netflix stock closed down
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Weak Jobs Data Pulls Stocks Down; Apple Unveils New Products

September 12th, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up Stocks struggled throughout the week, posting their first weekly loss in 6 weeks. The number of Americans filing unemployment claims unexpectedly rose last week. An additional 11,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits, rising the total to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, the highest level since the end of June. Dollar General (DG) has
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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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Hertz (HTZ) Agrees to Give Icahn 3 Board Seats

September 12th, 2014

Shares of Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (HTZ) were up +1.25 or +4.50 percent to $29.00 per share in premarket trading on Friday, after news that the company has agreed to give activist investor Carl Icahn three seats on its board of directors in exchange for avoiding a potential battle for control of the board. Hertz
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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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JDS Uniphase (JDSU) to Split into Two Companies

September 11th, 2014

Shares of JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU) were up +1.71 or +14.17 percent to $13.82 in Thursday’s premarket, after the company announced late yesterday that they would be splitting the company into two publicly traded companies to promote growth. JDS Uniphase stock closed up +0.395 or +3.37 percent to $12.10 per share in Wednesday’s regular trading
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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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Chimerix (CMRX) Up on New Virus Fighting Drug

September 10th, 2014

Shares of Durham, North Carolina, based Chimerix Inc. (CMRX) rose sharply against the backdrop of a strong sell-off across the broader market. Chimerix stock was up 11.79%, rising $3.01 per share, to close at $28.54. The close is very near the stock’s 52 week high of $29.97. The stock is up on the news that
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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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Annie’s (BNNY) to be Acquired by General Mills

September 9th, 2014

Shares of Annie’s Inc. (BNNY) were up +12.34 or +36.82 percent to $45.85 per share in premarket trading on Tuesday after news that food mega corporation General Mills (GIS) would be taking over the company for $820 million. Annie’s Inc. stock closed at $33.51, down -0.38 or -1.12 percent in Monday’s regular trading session. Berkeley,
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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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Rackspace (RAX) Stock Up on Possible Takeover

September 8th, 2014

Shares of Rackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX) were up +2.76 or +7.41 percent to $40.00 per share in Monday’s premarket trading after news of a possible takeover of the company by telecommunications company CenturyLink (CTL). Rackspace Hosting stock closed at $37.24 per share, up +0.03 or +0.08 percent in Friday’s regular trading session. San Antonio, Texas
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Alibaba IPO Valued Near $20B; Kroger to Hire 20,000 More Workers

September 5th, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up The S&P 500 continued its record setting run, ending with yet another record finish on Friday to close out the week. The August jobs report was released on Friday, and it missed the mark. It was estimated that at least 200,000 jobs would be added last month, but in reality only 142,000
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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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Tesla Motors (TSLA) to Build Gigafactory in Nevada

September 5th, 2014

Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) were trading down -2.04 or -0.71 percent to $284.00 per share in premarket trading this morning, after news late yesterday that the company had confirmed the state of Nevada to build its new Tesla Gigafactory. Tesla stock closed at $286.04 per share, up +4.85 or +1.72 percent in Thursday’s
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