Stock Market

10:01pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Planet Money

What Do The Dow's Daily Swings Mean? Not Much.

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 3:22 pm

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Turn on the news on any given day, and you're likely to hear about the Dow Jones industrial average. It is the most frequently checked, and cited, proxy of U.S. economic health. But a lot of people — maybe most — don't even know what it is. It's just the stock prices of 30 big companies, summed up and roughly averaged. That's it.

And what does the daily movement of this number have to do with the lives of most Americans? Not much.

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11:41pm

Tue February 7, 2012
All Tech Considered

Facebook: Lots Of Friends, But Stock Offering Has Risks

Analysts say that to succeed, Facebook needs to figure out how to sell ads on mobile platforms.
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When a company files to go public it has to lay out in black and white the biggest risks that face the firm. What could kill it? What could undermine its business? Wipe out all its investors' money? Executives are required to reveal this by law.

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1:20pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Winklevoss Twins May Reap $300 Million From Facebook IPO

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 1:23 pm

Tyler (left) and Cameron Winklevoss.
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Before we finish the week, we have to pass on at least one more story related to Facebook's plan to raise about $5 billion with its first sale of shares to the public.

It seems that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — the "Winklevii" twins — could get up to $300 million worth of Facebook shares when the deal goes through.

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3:15pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Governing

Congress May Back Ban On Its Own Insider Trading

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., has worked for years on a bill to ban Congress from insider trading.
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For years, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., toiled away in virtual obscurity on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.

"Six years," says Slaughter. "A lot of hard work."

The STOCK Act would, among other things, explicitly ban insider trading for members of Congress and their staffs.

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12:25pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

Stock Market Troubles Likely to Impact Northern Colorado Economy

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Economists say fallout from the struggling stock market is likely to delay the sluggish recovery in many states, including Colorado.

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