Stocks shaky as tax bill stutter-steps forward

Stocks (^DJI^GSPC, ^IXIC) are sideways to down as investors watch Washington for the latest with the tax bill. The energy (XLE) sector is most in the green, and the consumer staples (XLP) sector is most in the red. Alan Valdes of Silverbear Capital joins us live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to talk markets.

To discuss the other big stories of the day, Yahoo Finance’s Seana Smith is joined by Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer and Dan Roberts. Seana also talks with JP Mangalindan about Amazon’s corporate culture and to Joe Hagan, author of the new best-selling book, “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.”

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    Trump says it 'certainly looks' like journalist Khashoggi is dead

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  • Jason Chaffetz Mocks Elizabeth Warren With Native American Statue Photo, Twitter Flips
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    Jason Chaffetz Mocks Elizabeth Warren With Native American Statue Photo, Twitter Flips

    Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) might have set himself up for selfie-

  • US stem cell researcher accused of faking results
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    US stem cell researcher accused of faking results

    A cardiovascular specialist known for his stem cell research has seen his once high-flying career falter as several top-flight US institutions have accused him of falsifying data in his studies. In a remarkable statement, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston this week

  • Activists Target Peter Thiel And Other Powerful Americans Still Connected To Saudi Conference
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    Activists Target Peter Thiel And Other Powerful Americans Still Connected To Saudi Conference

    WASHINGTON ― After Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that he was

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    Ida B. Wells And The Women Pushing Back Today

    Journalist and activist Ida B. Wells is in some ways a forgotten figure,

  • Canada pot stores run out of supplies, more lineups
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    Canada pot stores run out of supplies, more lineups

    Day two of legal recreational cannabis in Canada on Thursday saw more long lineups outside pot stores and supply shortages in parts of the country. Others balked at the relatively high prices -- ranging from Can$5.25 (US$4.02) in Quebec to Can$18.99 in Saskatchewan per gram -- compared to the black

  • Jimmy Carter Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Unfit' To Serve As Supreme Court Justice
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    Jimmy Carter Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Unfit' To Serve As Supreme Court Justice

    Former President Jimmy Carter didn't mince words while discussing Supreme

  • EU slams Italy's 'unprecedented' deviation from budget rules
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    EU slams Italy's 'unprecedented' deviation from budget rules

    The European Commission on Thursday formally warned Italy that its budget plans for 2019 are a serious concern, demanding "clarifications" from Rome over its unprecedented deviation from EU rules. Italy's populist government on Monday submitted its draft 2019 budget to the European Commission

  • US gives Saudis 'few more days' on disappeared journalist
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    US gives Saudis 'few more days' on disappeared journalist

    The United States will give ally Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to probe its alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, again delaying a US response to the mounting scandal. Pompeo, who reported earlier to President Donald Trump on his trip

  • Trump threatens to send military against immigrant 'onslaught'
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    Trump threatens to send military against immigrant 'onslaught'

    President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the military to close the US-Mexican border against an "onslaught" of migrants, stepping up his anti-immigrant rhetoric ahead of congressional elections. As several thousand Hondurans made their way through Central America toward the US border

  • Apple's October 30 special event: new iPads and Macs expected
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    Apple's October 30 special event: new iPads and Macs expected

    Apple issued media invites for an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York where the company is expected to unveil updates to the Mac and iPad lineups. The media invitation reads, "There's more in the making," and is accompanied by several different redesigns of the Apple logo, but no further

  • Factbox - Over 137,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael
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    Factbox - Over 137,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

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  • Canada pot stores run out of supplies, more lineups
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    Canada pot stores run out of supplies, more lineups

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  • Afghan 'torturer in chief' killed in Taliban attack
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    Afghan 'torturer in chief' killed in Taliban attack

    General Abdul Raziq once boasted he had survived "countless" Taliban attempts to kill him. The controversial Kandahar police chief, described by Human Rights Watch last year as the southern province's "torturer in chief", had risen through the ranks to become one of the most

  • Israeli supreme court overturns entry ban on US student
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    Israeli supreme court overturns entry ban on US student

    Israel's supreme court on Thursday overturned an entry ban imposed on a US student over past support for a pro-Palestinian boycott campaign, leading to her release after more than two weeks of detention. The three-judge panel upheld Lara Alqasem's appeal against the ban, allowing the 22-year-old

  • Bhutan chooses new party to form government
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    Bhutan chooses new party to form government

    Bhutan's voters on Thursday gave an overwhelming victory to a new party headed by a surgeon in only the third democratic election held by the Himalayan kingdom, according to provisional results. The country of 800,000 people, wedged between giant neighbours China and India and known for its Gross

  • US authorities reel in StarKist in canned tuna scandal
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    US authorities reel in StarKist in canned tuna scandal

    The US crackdown on price fixing has netted another big fish in canned tuna, the Justice Department announced Thursday. StarKist, whose mascot Charlie the Tuna has long been a fixture in American supermarkets, agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of up to $100 million for conspiring with other companies

  • How can genetic data be better encrypted? Researchers find a way
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    How can genetic data be better encrypted? Researchers find a way

    This problem of access is one that Bonnie Berger, a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her colleagues think they can solve, with a new cryptographic system to protect the information. "We're currently at a stalemate in sharing all this genomic data,"

  • Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico
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    Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico

    WASHINGTON/GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border on Thursday as Hondurans and Salvadorans joined thousands of migrants in Guatemala hoping to travel north. "I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this

  • Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria
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    Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and had executed some of them and promised to kill more. Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several U.S

  • Brazil leftist accuses presidential rival of illegal social media campaigning
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    Brazil leftist accuses presidential rival of illegal social media campaigning

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  • EU builds ties with Asia in face of US protectionism
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    EU builds ties with Asia in face of US protectionism

    European leaders sought to build support from Asia Thursday in defence of free trade and the fight against climate change, to counter the growing protectionism of President Donald Trump's America. The 28 EU states were joined at a summit in Brussels by more than 20 Asian leaders including Chinese

  • Putin looks for reset with first visit to new Uzbek leader
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    Putin looks for reset with first visit to new Uzbek leader

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Uzbekistan late Thursday for his first state visit under the former Soviet republic's new leadership as the Kremlin attempts to cement the relationship with billions of dollars in business deals. The last time Putin jetted off to Central Asia's most

  • Two killed in Haiti anti-corruption protests: police
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    Two killed in Haiti anti-corruption protests: police

    Haitian police said Thursday at least two people were shot dead and more than a dozen injured in a huge anti-corruption protest that rocked the Caribbean country a day earlier, as pressure mounted on unpopular President Jovenel Moise. In their initial report, authorities did not say who was to blame