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More gains - and more volatility - in 2015: J.P. Morgan Funds

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — What's ahead in 2015? David Kelly, chief global strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds, offers his outlook for the new year. He predicts less robust stock gains in the U.S. More volatile markets. And opportunities abroad. USA TODAY Wall Street reporter Adam Shell caught up with Kelly to find out where he thinks markets are headed next year.

2100 could be next stop for S&P 500

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — The record-setting stock market is on the fast track, and the next stop could be 2100 on the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. So says Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research.

What plunging gas prices mean for your wallet

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — The gas pump is a friendly place these days, not the graveyard for one's disposable income it once was. With the price of a barrel of oil cratering to levels not seen in almost four years under the weight of weak demand and a plethora of supply now that the U.S.

October retail sales to offer early take on holidays

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — Retail sales figures are always key. But today's reading on October activity at retailers' cash registers will be even more closely watched because it will shed light on consumers' health leading into the holiday shopping season.

Buffett snaps up Duracell from P&G

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is getting into the battery business. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A; BRK.B) announced today that it will acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble (P&G).

“Correction that wasn’t” turns into rebound that was

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — The U.S. stock market narrowly missed a correction, or drop of 10% or more, in mid-October. But now the "correction that wasn't" has morphed into a rebound rally that has erased all those losses - and more. "Correction?

Dow up a little at the opening as Europe leaps

usatoday.com — U.S. stock futures are down slightly ahead of the opening bell as investors look forward to a report on jobless claims and Europe digests the news that record-low interest rates will remain. As of 8:17 a.m. ET, futures for the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are down 0.1% or slightly more.

Dow above closing high as GOP takes Senate

usatoday.com — Wall Street investors drove major market indexes higher Wednesday after the Republican party secured control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years on Tuesday. Here is where stocks stand as of 9:34 a.m. ET: Historically, Wall Street thrives with a Republican-controlled Congress and a Democratic president, according to Sam Stovall, U.S.

Oil price swoon deepens; prices at 3-year lows

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — The selloff in the U.S. oil pits picked up steam in early trading Tuesday, with a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude dipping another 3% to a fresh three-year low. A barrel of U.S. crude fell as low as $75.84 a barrel today, its lowest price since it closed at $75.40 on Oct.

Oil price swoon pulls WTI crude to 3-year low

usatoday.com — The selloff in the U.S. oil pits picked up steam in early trading Tuesday, with a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude dipping another 3% to a fresh three-year low. A barrel of U.S. crude fell as low as $75.84 a barrel today, its lowest price since it closed at $75.40 on Oct.
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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...

Oct 30, 2014

#earnings season factoid of the day: 76% beat rate for S&P 500 companies is on track for 3rd best in 20 years. americasmarkets.usatoday.com/2014/10/30/ear…

Oct 30, 2014

#Dow power. Blue-chip index gains all about Visa, as priciest Dow stock shoots up more than 7%. americasmarkets.usatoday.com/2014/10/30/vis…

Oct 30, 2014

#TimCook says he's gay, and: "I'm an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic ... "

Oct 29, 2014

#QE end now kicks off debate if market and economy can survive without its monster "booster" shot of stimulus

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