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U.S. stocks jumped on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 rebounding from a five-session dive, after positive data on the labor market and as investors bet minutes from the Federal Reserve would signal ongoing stimulus. “We had a solid jobs number from ADP, and Monsanto (MON) is officially company number 18 on the fourth-quarter earnings clock. Read More

By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks bounced back on Wednesday after five sessions of losses, following strong private sector jobs data and as deflation concerns in the euro zone were seen pushing the bloc’s central bank into action. European shares ended up, though far from session highs, on bets the first negative Read More

By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday in choppy trading, extending losses a day after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since early October as data showed the pace of growth in the U.S. economy had slowed. After unexpectedly strong third-quarter economic growth, data on Tuesday pointed to slowing growth Read More

U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday, a day after the market’s biggest rout since October, as investors fretted the implications of crude’s failure to find a floor.”Oil hasn’t found a bottom yet, and that’s a concern for investors,” said Paul Nolte, senior vice president, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management. Crude prices fell further, with Read More

By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. and European stocks rose on Tuesday, rebounding from heavy losses tied to anxiety about tumbling oil prices and Greece possibly leaving the euro zone, while nervous investors bought more gold, yen, low-risk government bonds and other safe-haven assets. The oil market rout has continued into early 2015 Read More

Caterpillar (CAT) is getting smacked down by nearly 4% adding considerably to the Dow’s (^DJI) pain. The earth moving machine maker was downgraded to underweight from neutral by analysts at JPMorgan (JPM).  The team notes that crude is now down some 50% and that’s probably going to be a headwind for companies like CAT that Read More

By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Monday, dragged down by commodity-linked shares as crude prices fell to fresh 5-1/2 year lows and a strong dollar also weighed on metals prices. Crude oil futures prices dropped to their lowest since May 2009 amid a global supply glut and lackluster demand. Russia’s Read More

It’s a brand new year with fresh themes set to dominate the market and the Fast Money Halftime Report traders are bracing for a busy 2015. Josh Brown of Ritholtz Wealth Management is watching the technology sector and says he won’t fall out of his chair if the Nasdaq (^IXIC) takes out its March 2000 Read More