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U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, bouncing back from the prior day’s drop, as eBay led technology shares higher and portfolio managers engaged in end-of-quarter positioning. “There is some window dressing going on; we’re probably going higher today on things that worked,” said Kim Forrest, senior equity analyst at Fort Pitt Capital. “The price went up …

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A protester raises his umbrellas in front of tear gas which was fired by riot police to disperse protesters in Hong Kong, September 28, 2014.

Unrest in Hong Kong is spooking markets for fear it could escalate, challenging Beijing to make a measured political response, at a time when Chinese and global growth are at the heart of market anxiety. Worries about soft Chinese growth and European weakness has made investors uneasy, while the U.S. Federal Reserve signals it is …

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Riot police use pepper spray as they clash with protesters, as tens of thousands of protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 28, 2014.

Brazil, Hong Kong, Spain —take your pick. International uncertainty is the order of the day, and it’s spilling over into U.S. markets. First, exchange-traded funds that serve as emerging market proxies, like the Brazil ETF, are suffering. The iShares MSCI Brazil index is down 4 percent as voter polls over the weekend indicate the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff …

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U.S. stocks opened lower on Monday after protests in Hong Kong rattled global markets, while investors looked ahead to a week of economic reports. “It’s a familiar story of global usurping steady economic growth in the U.S,” Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities said. “On the way to Friday we’ve got a host …

Market Monitor: David Rainey

Tonight’s Market Monitor says investors need to be more selective when choosing stocks in today’s market.

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

U.S. stocks rose on Friday, rebounding after Wall Street’s hardest knock in nearly two months, as the government raised its estimate of economic growth in the second quarter and consumer sentiment rose in September. “If the economy continues to gain additional momentum, any surprises we get to earnings would be to the upside,” said Bruce …

Why are big market moves back?

If you had gotten used to relatively modest stock market moves this year, this week has delivered quite a jolt. Technology and financial services shares led the major market barometer down. It was their worst day collectively since late July and the fourth down day in a row of triple-digit moves for the Dow, three …

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A number of factors appear to be moving markets around on Thursday. In addition to the usual rumors of a “large seller” hitting the sell button, there are at least two developments that are getting a lot of attention: 1) Richard Fisher, the head of the Dallas Federal Reserve, said early Thursday that the Fed may start raising …

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Stocks plunged in one of the worst trading days of the year as markets reacted to headlines on China and Russia, while weighing the potential impact of higher U.S. rates and the rising dollar. Bonds reacted to the swift drop in stocks, and dollar traders said a Wall Street Journal report on changes in the leadership of …

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U.S. stocks declined on Thursday, a day after the S&P 500 jumped the most in more than a month, as Wall Street weighed reports that Russia was considering a measure that would allow its courts to seize foreign assets. “To us that would signal a threat from the Kremlin that the Russian-U.S.-Europe conflict economically might …

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Federal Reserve Board Chair, Janet Yellen.

In another month, investors won’t have Federal Reserve money stimulus to juice up the market. In return, they do have one thing they might rather not see: An exit door. Even if the U.S. central bank didn’t exactly start flashing the lights to indicate that the easy-money party is over, it at the very least …

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Chinese Yuan notes

Over the past few years, there’s been an influx of Chinese money into the U.S., increasing from about $58 million in 2000 to $14 billion in 2013. The Chinese are interested in acquiring everything from American companies to commercial and residential real estate. Their motivation is straightforward: They feel their assets are much better protected …

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If you’ve been wondering if the stock market is nearing correction territory and it’s time to get out, you really need to ask yourself another question: Where else should I go? One option is to simply park your money in cash and await the fall—usually a terrible approach, as even investors who get out before …

Fed-fueled rally

The blue chip Dow index rose to an intraday high as investors placed their bets ahead of a crucial two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve.

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The Federal Reserve could change the calculus for markets with just two words. The phrase “considerable time” was added to the Fed’s statement earlier this year, when it wanted to reassure markets that when quantitative easing ends it would hold rates lower for longer—an eternity to stock and bond traders. Read More Fed and Alibaba Effect to hang over stocks …