U.S. stocks (^DJI, ^IXIC, ^GSPC) are trading flat today, not reacting much either way to Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The broader market seems to be following the lead of the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, who told CNBC "I'm not selling any securities because of the attacks in Paris, not at all."
Here are some of the other stories Yahoo Finance is keeping an eye on today.
Facebook's disaster plan
Facebook (FB) and and Google (GOOGL) are both helping survivors in France communicate with friends and loved ones. Facebook activated its “Safety Check” feature, which lets users designate a "safe" status. And Google is letting users of its Hangouts mobile app make free international calls to France.
U.S. ports' "weak peak"
According to some economists, new data on activity at our nation's busiest ports serves as a warning that the country's economy may be weakening. Trade research company Zepol Group and the Wall Street Journal say that for the first time in the last decade imports at three of the nation's largest ports fell in September and October, usually the busiest time for imports.
Pay to play ... with Santa
A shopping center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is asking customers to shell out $35 to $50 for the high-end "Adventure to Santa" experience. The hi-tech virtual amusement ride ends on Kris Kringle's lap just like the days of yore, but while the attraction was free at the Cherry Hill Mall last year, it was so popular that the mall's owner saw a revenue stream to be had and is now charging for the experience.