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Facebook stock went to an all-time high

A lot of TV’s advertising dollars are moving online and Facebook is benefitting. It reported higher than expected profits and active users, sending the stock up about 5% this week.

Time Warner had a tough week

The owner of TV stations like CNN and TBS said it wouldn’t be as profitable in coming years as investors had expected – and the stock sold off precipitously. It’s suffering from a change in people’s viewing habits (e.g. a shift to online streaming).

Federal Reserve officials suggested a December rate hike was likely

Since 2008, interest rates have been at, essentially, 0%. A rise would create a bit of a headwind for the US economy, and possibly for stocks, but the Fed appears to be getting more comfortable that the US economy can handle it.

Lots of jobs were created in the US in October

In fact, much more than analysts were expecting. That suggests the US economy is chugging along nicely – and makes it even more likely that the Fed will raise interest rates.

Volkswagen unveiled new problems

It discovered more of its cars should be failing emission standards and that this is a different issue from the one already reported. The stock sold off __% as the costs increased and the uncertainty widened.

The Bank Of England said it wasn’t likely to raise rates soon

In fact, it could wait until 2017. This pushed the pound sterling down – as low interest rates are negative for the value of one’s currency – especially against a rising dollar.

Tesla’s Stock Rockets Higher

Despite continuing to lose money, its stock was up 10% this week. Investors were afraid that Tesla would produce fewer cars than expected, but CEO Elon Musk did not cut production estimates – and the stock had its best day in a year.