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As stocks spiral lower, strategists say the dollar may finally be ready to flex some muscle. Concerns the Fed could tighten policy combined with worry about Argentina’s default and sharp declines in Europe to drive U.S. stocks more than 1 percent lower Thursday. The market was on track for its worst monthly performance since January. …

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Stocks are sharply lower, with European stocks trading ugly right from the start. Germany is down more than one percent, and is lodged at the lowest levels in nearly three months. Several factors are moving our markets, including: 1) The rhetoric in Ukraine is getting downright vitriolic. The Ukraine Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said Russia was seeking to …

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U.S. stocks declined on Thursday, as a bigger-than-expected jump in labor costs furthered the idea that the Federal Reserve would have to hike interest rates sooner rather than later. Investor sentiment was also deflated by a larger-than-expected drop in European inflation and the second default in 12 years by Argentina. Exxon Mobil shares fell in early …

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Stocks start up then move down. Why, you ask? It’s a disappointing day so far…the S&P 500 rocketed up almost eight points at the open, but within a half hour began a slow but steady decent into negative territory. What happened? First: On the strong Q2 GDP, up 4.0 percent, there were detractors the minute the report came …

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A stunning acceleration in second quarter growth and a jump in inflation triggered a new round of speculation that the Fed will have to speed up plans to hike rates. The faster pace of growth makes it more likely the economy will grow at a better clip in the second half, but strategists do not expect the …

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U.S. stocks opened lower on Friday despite positive economic data as weak Amazon earnings and concerns over continued unrest in Ukraine and Gaza weighed on markets. Amazon shares dropped more than 10 percent in early trading, on track for its worst day since October 2011 and accounting for 95 percent of losses on the Nasdaq 100. …

Stocks barely budged

Mixed economic data along with a mixed bag of earnings kept stocks trading in a narrow range all day.

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Technology led market gains on Wednesday as the S&P tech sector hit its highest level since November 2000 and the Nasdaq 100, another indicator of industry growth, reached a 14-year high. The S&P tech sector is the only division of the index that traded at a 52-week high on Wednesday morning. Companies leading gains at 52-week highs included Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard, EMC …

Earnings and positive data lift stocks

Stocks ended higher today getting help from strong earnings and positive data.

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Investors should be paying more attention to the uncertainty being created by the turmoil in Ukraine and the Mideast, Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC on Monday. The financial markets believe the two crises are containable, but that might fleeting, the former Pimco co-CEO said in a “Squawk Box” interview. As the world piles pressure on Russian …

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Geopolitical events like what’s happening in Ukraine and Gaza can be market movers but still take a back seat to the biggest influence of all: the Federal Reserve. That’s the position both of Peter Boockvar, managing director and chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group, and, it appears, the market itself after a healthy bounce back …

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U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a higher Wall Street open on Friday, rebounding some from a downturn in global stocks and other risky assets after a passenger plane was shot down over Ukraine. The crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, with 298 people aboard, followed new U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia. U.S. officials …

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U.S. stocks declined on Thursday, with the Dow retreating from its record, after reports of a Malaysian plane going down in Ukraine. Mayalysia Airlines said it had lost contact with the MH17, while the Associated Press quoted a Ukraine government minister as saying a plane had been shot down. After wavering near unchanged, stock indexes …

Market moving advice from Delivering Alpha

Market moving news typically comes out of the annual Delivering Alpha conference hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor and this year proved to be no different. Tyler Mathisen was there with a look at who attended and what was said.

Yellen’s testimony & the markets

The markets fluctuated wildly today with investors reacting to every word, spoken and written from Fed Chair Janet Yellen on the first day of her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. Yellen said the central bank intends to keep providing support to the U.S. economy, but it was the written report that accompanied her testimony …