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Yellen ‘unchains’ stocks from oil — The stock market has finally stopped moving in lockstep with what has been a downtrend in oil prices. And one market strategist says you can thank Fed chair Janet Yellen. Stocks, of course, are coming off their best two-day gain in three years, and that comes on the heels of a 5% drop from record highs prompted largely from the fallout of plunging crude prices.

With a bullet: Oil, mortgages and recalls — China raised its estimate of its 2013 economic output by 3.4%, to $9.5 trillion, based on its latest survey of the economy. Oil rallied again to about $60 a barrel. In the meantime, gas prices continued to plunge to an average 2.465 per gallon, down from $3.225 a year ago.

Investors, it’s time to believe in Santa — If you don't believe in the Santa Claus Rally, maybe you should. Soon-to-be published academic research shows the effect isn't just a thing in the U.S., but around the world. Investors who invest $10,000 during the seven-day period running through Christmas and January 3 would gain a $100 profit advantage in U.S.

Investors get bellyful of earnings — Still hungry for earnings news? Open up. There's a spoonful more coming this week. All sorts of food companies report earnings this week. The earnings banquet starts Tuesday with Darden (DRI). The owner of the pasta chain Olive Garden is expected to serve up a bowl of profit growth this quarter.

Apple may have picked on the wrong people — Apple Pay may have stoked interest in electronic payments and put Apple's stock in hyperdrive. But banks and retailers aren't about to get pushed around - and could change the game in 2015.

Oil price swoon sparks comparison to 2000 Nasdaq bust — The nearly 50% drop in a barrel of oil is sparking comparisons with the dot-com stock bust in 2000 and the homebuilder stock plunge after the peak in 2005. Today, West Texas Intermediate crude, which cratered 12% last week, is down another $1.37 per barrel, or 2.4%, to $56.42, its lowest level since May 2009, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

With a bullet: Junk, oil, moral turpitude — Junk bond prices have been falling since June, but the decline is accelerating, as falling oil prices hurt shaky borrowers in the U.S. fracking boom. The Russian ruble crossed above 60 to the dollar, hurt by economic sanctions, recession and the strong dollar.

Investment Roundtable: The road to profits in 2015 — Distrustful investors will be pleasantly surprised when they find out there is even more money to be made in stocks next year. That was the clear and unanimous message of top Wall Street money managers and strategists who gathered for the 2015 USA TODAY Investment Roundtable.

Stock pro Bhansali: Opportunity abroad in '15 — Investors looking for money-making ideas outside the U.S. should be able to unearth some good opportunities abroad in 2015 despite economic challenges and risks in big markets like China and the eurozone, says Rupal Bhansali, chief investment officer of international equities at Ariel Investments, speaking at USA TODAY's 19th annual Investment Roundtable.

Subramanian: Up, up but not away for stocks — Held back by a market that's no longer cheap, an expected rise in volatility and less stimulus from the Federal Reserve, the U.S. stock market will rise in 2015 but at a slower pace than recent years, predicts Savita Subramanian, head of U.S.
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Oct 31, 2014

#halloween and #wallstreet As stock rally surges on BofJ sugar high, I suspect there's bear market in purchases of "bear" Halloween costumes

Oct 31, 2014

#market timing woes. Investors that panicked and fled stock mkt at Oct. 15 intraday low, with S&P500 -9.5% from high, MISSED A HUGE RALLY...

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