Stock Market

5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday, Nov. 4

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Wall Street steady after four straight days of record highs

A statue of George Washington is pictured in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in New York City.

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2. Fed to start tapering this month as it begins pulling back on pandemic aid

The Federal Reserve building is seen on March 19, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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The Fed will begin slowing down later this

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Dow jumps 200 points to a record, S&P 500 notches 7th day of gains

U.S. stocks rallied to record levels on Friday after the October jobs report came in better than expected, boosting optimism about the economic recovery.

A major development from Pfizer regarding its easy-to-administer Covid-19 pill fueled hope for a smooth reopening further, sending shares of airlines and cruise line operators soaring.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 203.72 points, or nearly 0.6%, to 36,327.95. The S&P 500 gained 0.4% to 4,697.53 for its seventh straight positive day. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite edged up 0.2% to 15,971.59. All three major averages reached their respective record closing highs.

The move for stocks came

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Stock Market Today: S&P 500 and Nasdaq Hit Record Closes Again

Stocks mostly edged higher Thursday as investors appeared sanguine about the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin reducing the size of its pandemic-era asset purchasing program. 


S&P 500

added 0.4% and the

Nasdaq Composite

gained 0.8% on Thursday, notching fresh record closes. Both indexes also closed Wednesday at records. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 33 points, or 0.1%. The index had climbed 104 points Wednesday to close at an all-time high of 36,157, but couldn’t gather enough steam to beat that level on Thursday.

The S&P 500, Nasdaq, and the Dow are up 1.2%, 1.8%, and 0.6%, respectively since

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B1G Stock Market Game Week 8

Ever get the feeling you’ve forgotten to make picks in the online game that you created and manage weekly? No? Guess it’s just my dumb ass that goes through life like this.

Anyhow, Illinois [+17.0%] had a huge week, for reasons I can’t remember. Dead Read and BradNortman really got the benefits of that one. A few of you also get to enjoy Wisconsin’s [+5.7%] bounce and Minnesota’s [+5.4%] continued rise. Even Northwestern [+4.4%] got in on the fun by sucking less than expected.

So that’s the boring but good news. The much more fun update is finding out who

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5 Nasdaq Stocks Could Send the Market Soaring — or Plunging — This Week

Investors have been upbeat recently, and that’s shown up in the performance of the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^IXIC). Despite lagging behind other benchmarks that rose to record highs last week, the Nasdaq has been able to move higher, and as of 6:30 a.m. EDT, Nasdaq futures were up 31 points to 15,372.

This week, five key Nasdaq stocks, including four of the fabled FAANG stocks, will report earnings. The results that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) post could help determine whether the bull market will continue or whether concerns about

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Stocks could see continued gains in a low-volatility environment if the market’s fear gauge breaks this key level

  • The stock market could still have more upside ahead if Wall Street’s fear gauge falls below a key technical level.
  • If the VIX undercuts 15, Katie Stockton of Fairlead Strategies expects a continued low-volatility environment for stocks, according to a Monday note.
  • The volatility index fell half a percent to the 15.34 level on Monday.

The stock market’s record-setting year could continue into year-end if Wall Street’s fear gauge falls below a key technical support level, Fairlead Strategies founder Katie Stockton said in a Monday note.

The CBOE Volatility index, known as the VIX, helps gauge the

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Individual investors may be running out of ‘firepower’ after diverging from ‘smart money’ stock-market investors, says Morgan Stanley

Individual investors remained strong buyers of stocks in recent weeks, diverging from the path taken by many institutions, as they helped push the stock market to a new high, according to a Morgan Stanley report.

The S&P 500 index has been resilient this year, with individual investors scooping up stocks during the “September swoon,” said Lisa Shalett, chief investment officer at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, in a note Monday. Institutional investors tracked by the “Smart Money Flow Index” didn’t share their “enthusiasm,” she said, citing a chart showing their divergence.


“The Smart Money

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Markets Hit Records; Is This Red-Hot Crypto Stock Next?

Investors didn’t waste any time on Monday, continuing to push the stock market higher, building on gains from the past week. The Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^IXIC) was the only index not to close at a record high, but it posted the biggest gains, while the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) managed to set new records even with more modest increases on Monday.


Percentage Change

Point Change

Dow Jones Industrials



S&P 500



Nasdaq Composite



Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

Yet many investors are watching other parts of the market even more closely.

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