What's Driving the Dow's Pop Today

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin gives investors a quick update on what's moving the markets today. Encouraging data was released that showed a rise in existing home sales in April. This set a new -- nearly two-year -- high-water mark. The report sent broad market shares higher early on, but then the Dow fell back in late afternoon trading as macroeconomic worries creeped up and engulfed investors' yet again. The new kid on the block, Facebook, continues to dominate the airwaves as well, with many on and off Wall Street disappointed in its IPO pop (or lack thereof).

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