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S&P 500 & Nasdaq End the Week Up; Food Costs Continue to Rise

April 18th, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended in the green every day this week, while the Dow ended down on Thursday and Friday. This week President Obama announced that 8 million Americans signed up for health care exchange policies prior to the deadline of March 31st. Jobless rates fell in 21 states in
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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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Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) Stock Pummeled After Earnings Miss

April 18th, 2014

Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) closed down -32.79 or -5.94 percent to $519.61 per share in active trading on Thursday, after the company announced first quarter earnings that came in below analyst expectations. The stock initially traded sharply higher after the earnings release, rising as much as +8.6 percent in pre-market trading on
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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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IBM (IBM) Stock Off on Lower Hardware Sales

April 17th, 2014

Shares of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) were trading down -7.20 or -3.67 percent to $189.20 per share in pre-market trading on Thursday, after the company reported earnings following the market close on Wednesday. Earnings were in line with expectations; however hardware revenue sank 23 percent in the quarter. IBM stock closed at $196.40 per
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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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Twitter (TWTR) Up on Acquisition of Longtime Partner

April 16th, 2014

Shares of San Francisco based Twitter, Inc. (TWTR) rose on Tuesday on a strong day on the stock exchanges overall. Twitter stock closed at $45.52, up $4.65 per share, or 11.38%, on volume of 24,285,070 shares. The company announced the acquisition of Gnip in a move that not only is expected to provide revenue growth
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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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Google (GOOG) Acquires Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

April 15th, 2014

Shares of Google Inc. (GOOG) were up +2.48 or +0.47 percent to $535.00 per share in pre-market trading on Tuesday, after the company announced yesterday the acquisition of drone and satellite maker Titan Aerospace. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Google stock closed at $532.52 per share, up +1.92 or +0.36 percent in
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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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Facebook (FB) to Launch Financial Services

April 14th, 2014

Shares of Facebook Inc. (FB) were up +0.73 or +1.25 percent in pre-market trading on Monday, after the company announced over the weekend that it would seek approval from Irish regulatory authorities to provide financial services to its customers. The social network is looking to offer remittances and electronic money initially. Facebook stock closed at
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Nasdaq Closes Below 4000 On Friday; Only 3 Companies Now Hold AAA Rating

April 12th, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up Overall the U.S. stocks struggled this past week. On Thursday the Dow Jones fell 267 points and Nasdaq dropped 3.1%. Then on Friday Nasdaq fell an additional 1.3% and ended the day below 4000. The Federal Reserve released the minutes from their mid-March meeting on Wednesday and revealed that the overwhelming majority
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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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H&R Block (HRB) to Sell Banking Division

April 11th, 2014

Shares of H&R Block Inc. (HRB), were trading up +1.89 or +6.65 percent to $30.31 per share in pre-market trading early Friday, after the company announced late yesterday that it would be selling its banking unit to BofI Federal Bank. The sale of the unit will take H&R Block off the Federal Reserve radar as
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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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Tesla (TSLA) to Begin Sales in China

April 10th, 2014

Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) closed up +1.47 or +0.68 percent to $216.93 per share on Wednesday in active trading. The company announced late yesterday that it would begin selling its luxury sedans in China. Tesla co-founder, Elon Musk will travel to China to personally initiate the program. Teslaâ s entry into the Chinese
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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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Ctrip.com International (CTRP) Up on Acquisition Rumors

April 9th, 2014

Shares of Shanghai, China, based Ctrip.com International LTD (CTRP) were up on Tuesday, rising $5.23 per share, or 10.41%, to close at $55.48 on volume of 6,590,410 shares. The company has been the subject of takeover rumors, by Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR), which is a division of Baidu (BIDU), China’s largest internet search firm. Ctrip.com
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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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Gigamon (GIMO) Shares Sink After Outlook Cut

April 8th, 2014

Shares of Gigamon Inc. (GIMO) were off -6.44 or -24.58 percent to $19.76 per share in pre-market trading on Tuesday, after the company announced late yesterday a reduction in its outlook on revenue for the quarter ended March 29th. Gigamon stock closed at $26.20 per share, down -0.22 or -0.83 percent in Mondayâ s regular
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