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Dow Jones Industrial Average dumps Kraft Foods Inc for UnitedHealth Group

September 14, 2012

“The change takes effect Sept. 24. S&P Dow Jones Indices, which manages the average, said it was dropping Kraft because it is about to become a much smaller company after spinning off its North American grocery business.”

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Stocks Soar: Dow Jones Industrial Averages increases by 200 points; S&P 500 closes at its highest level (1,459.99 points) since December 2007

September 13, 2012

“The S&P 500 rallied 23.43 points, or 1.63 percent, to end at 1,459.99, logging its best close since December 2007. The Nasdaq jumped 41.52 points, or 1.33 percent, to finish at 3,155.83.”

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Federal Reserve officially announces Quantitative Easing 3 (QE3), intends to buy $40 billion in bonds a month

September 13, 2012

“The purchases will be open-ended, meaning that they will continue until the Fed is satisfied that economic conditions, primarily in unemployment, improve.”

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Stock Market (Dow Jones Industrial Average) closes at 13,333.35; or 1,911 points higher than this day four years ago

September 12, 2012

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 9.99 points to 13,333, the NASDAQ closed up 9.79 points to 3,114 and the S&P 500 closed up 3 points to 1,436.”

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Dow Jones Industrial Average hits highest level since December 2007; Standard & Poor’s 500 Index hits highest level since January 2008

September 6, 2012

“The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 244.52 points, or 1.9 percent, to close at 13,292. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index soared 28.68 points, or 2 percent, to 1,432.12.”

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Stock Market (Dow Jones Industrial Average) closes at 13,292; or 2,071 points higher than this day four years ago

September 6, 2012

“The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 244.52 points, or 1.9 percent, to close at 13,292.”

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NASDAQ Composite closes at 3,135.81, the highest level since November 2000

September 6, 2012

“The Nasdaq Composite — which was the epicenter of the tech bubble — just closed at its highest level since November 2000.”

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Stock Market (Dow Jones Industrial Average) closes at 13,035.94; or 1,848 points higher than this day four years ago

September 4, 2012

“Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the broader S&P 500 index fell, losing 0.4% and 0.1%, respectively. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index gained 0.3%.”

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Global Food Prices increase by 10% in July

August 31, 2012

“Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index – which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities – was six percent higher than in July of last year.”

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Donald Trump: ‘Greedy’ OPEC could try and swing the U.S. Presidential Election by manipulating the price of Oil

August 29, 2012

“Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that rising gasoline could alter the terrain of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, as he blasted the Oil and Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for driving up energy prices.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: Energy, Agriculture and the Environment

August 28, 2012

“We are the party of sustainable jobs and economic growth – through American energy, agriculture, and environmental policy.”

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Argentine President Fernandez de Kircher’s popularity sank to 30% in August on worries about crime and high inflation

August 27, 2012

“The international bond market has shunned Argentina since its 2002 sovereign debt default and subsequent embrace of policies that emphasize state intervention in the markets and heavy government spending meant to stoke economic growth.”

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Analysis: As the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole Summer Retreat approaches, it may struggle to deliver expected economic growth

August 26, 2012

“Above all, buying more U.S. Treasuries or mortgage-backed securities would do nothing to address the euro zone’s underlying problems or wean China off its dependence on an investment boom that looks unsustainable, said Julian Jessop with Capital Economics, a London consultancy.”

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The U.S. Drought continues as Corn and Soy prices hit record-highs

August 22, 2012

“The price of corn jumped 1.7 percent to $8.3875 a bushel, while soybeans finished at $17.3025 a bushel, up 2.8 percent from Tuesday.”

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Mixed Day for U.S. Stocks on Mixed Economics Reports

August 15, 2012

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded between slight gains and losses within a narrow 55-point range and closed down 7.36 points, or less than 0.1%, at 13,164.78.”

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