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Stocks fall as focus shifts to first debate — Stocks opend sharply lower Monday as Wall Street shifts its focus from interest rate policy to politics as traders brace for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In early trading the Dow Jones industrial average, which tumbled 131 points Friday, was down 110 points, or 0.6%.

If presidential debate's winner surprises Wall St., watch out — Monday's presidential debate is shaping up as just as important a financial event as it is a political one. The reason: A strong showing from onetime long shot Donald Trump in Round 1 of the three-debate showdown with Hillary Clinton could inject fresh uncertainty into what's shaping up as an increasingly tight race for the White House.

Stocks build on Fed-driven gains: Dow up 100+, Nasdaq hits new record — Investors are in a risk-taking mood again Thursday as stocks open higher, building on a rally sparked by the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise interest rates. After jumping 164 points Wednesday following the Fed's non-action on rates, the Dow Jones industrial average kicked off Thursday's trading session up 120 points, or 0.7%.

So, you're thinking November rate hike? C'mon — The Fed punted again. The nation's central bank on Wednesday kicked the proverbial rate-hike can down the financial market road for the sixth consecutive Fed meeting this year.

Fed holds fire on rates, avoids market shock — In the end, the Federal Reserve figured it wasn't worth shocking and blindsiding unprepared financial markets with an interest rate hike. Now the U.S. central bank, which held rates steady today, is likely to ramp up its messaging machine to make sure investors are ready for a possible hike later this year, perhaps at the Fed's meeting in December.

Stocks open higher ahead of Fed rate decision — Stocks opened higher ahead of the Federal Reserve's key decision on interest rates this afternoon, following a new approach to boosting inflation announced earlier by the Bank of Japan. At the open, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 85 points, or 0.5% higher. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index was 0.4% higher.

Stocks open higher as Fed countdown begins — Stocks moved higher Tuesday ahead of tomorrow's key interest rate decision from the Federal Reserve. After stocks barely budged Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 80 points, or 0.4%, after the opening bell Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index rose 0.4% and the Nasdaq composite gained 0.4%.

Fed watch: Rate hike would be a shocker — Few money managers or economists on Wall Street think the Federal Reserve will throw the market a curveball Wednesday and surprise markets with an interest rate hike. But never say never, and that's why Wall Street is in nail-biting mode as the U.S. central bank kicks off its two-day meeting today.

Dow opens higher as oil rises, Street eyes Fed — U.S. stocks kicked off the new week with gains as Wall Street awaits Wednesday's key Federal Reserve meeting on interest rates and reacted to a welcome rise in the price of oil. At the opening bell, the Dow Jones industrial average was up about 80 points, or 0.5%.

3 market scenarios based on Fed's next move — Hike or no hike? Pop or drop for financial markets? The Federal Reserve will answer the first question when it announces its decision on interest rates Sept. 21 -- an event with such import for investors that one Wall Street pro dubbed it "Super Wednesday."
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Sep 22, 2016

#Halloween Ghoulish spending expected. My colleague Charisse Jones has the sweet story about Halloween spending. 

Sep 22, 2016

#Halloween Natl Retail Fed's annual survey says total spending for Halloween to reach $8.4 billion, all-time high in the survey’s history.

Sep 22, 2016

#stocks After Fed punts on rates, ball back in hands of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as investors await 1st debate.

Sep 22, 2016

#stocks Fear fades on Wall Street as Fed reiterates lower for longer rate policy. VIX - a fear gauge - is down 11% today & near 52-week low.

Sep 22, 2016

#stocks Was thinking about the Fed-inspired rally, and decided to dub it the "Janet Jump," as Fed chair Janet Yellen again moves market.

Sep 21, 2016

#The Fed Yellen speaks. Reporters' questions to come. Markets listen. The news is NO RATE HIKE today, but case for hike has "strengthened."

Sep 21, 2016

#Fed Countdown to interest rate decision begins. 6 minutes and counting. Will Fed leave rates alone or shock markets with hike?

Sep 21, 2016

#Stocks Dow up sharply ahead of Fed rate decision, which means Wall Street isn't expecting a "surprise" from Yellen. 

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