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Stocks Squeeze Out Small Gains

Stocks Squeeze Out Small Gains

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets called it a day, a week and a month with just slight gains Friday.The Dow closed up just 3.76 points Friday at 13,025.58. The Nasdaq dropped 1.79 points to 3,010.24. The S&P added a fraction of a point, in…

US Markets Close Higher as Fiscal Meetings Continue in Washington

US Markets Close Higher as Fiscal Meetings Continue in Washington

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street traders are still keeping a close eye on Washington as the deadline for the so-called “fiscal cliff” approaches. Closing at 13,021.82, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 36.71 points Thursday. The Na…

Stocks Rebound; Investors Eye Fiscal Cliff Talks

Stocks Rebound; Investors Eye Fiscal Cliff Talks

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets recovered Wednesday from early losses, but investors are still nervous about the possibility of the economy going off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The Dow closed at 12,985.11, up 107 points. The Nasdaq g…

Positive Economic Reports No Help to Declining Stocks

Positive Economic Reports No Help to Declining Stocks

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks fell despite an encouraging report on consumer confidence and another indication the housing market is on the mend. The Dow closed down 89 points Tuesday to 12,878.13. The Nasdaq declined nine points to 2,967….

Stocks Take a Hit After Holiday Weekend

Stocks Take a Hit After Holiday Weekend

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The market returned after the holiday weekend to worries about U.S. and global growth.  Investors are still trying to gauge whether Congress will agree to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” a set of tax hikes and deep federal…

Rally Sends Stocks to Two-Week High

Rally Sends Stocks to Two-Week High

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A cease fire a half a world away caused U.S. markets to rally before the Thanksgiving holiday. The indexes finished at their highest levels in two weeks. The Dow closed up 48.38 points, or 0.4 percent to 12,836.89. T…

Markets Close Lower on Fed Chief Warning on Fiscal Cliff

Markets Close Lower on Fed Chief Warning on Fiscal Cliff

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A warning from the head of the Federal Reserve led the market to close lower Tuesday. The Dow lost seven points for the day, slipping to 12,788.51. The Nasdaq and the S&P both lost a fraction at the close, fallin…

Markets Rally with Renewed Optimism; Dow Up More Than 200

Markets Rally with Renewed Optimism; Dow Up More Than 200

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The stock market soared on strong quarterly earnings from U.S. corporations and optimism that a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff can be reached before Jan. 1. The Dow picked up 208 points to close at 12,796. …

White House Fiscal Talks Give Stocks a Boost

White House Fiscal Talks Give Stocks a Boost

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks called it a week with a bit of a bounce Friday. The indexes had been in a slump since last week’s presidential election, but jumped Friday on news from the White House that fiscal talks among bipartisan leadership …

Markets’ Slide Continues

Markets’ Slide Continues

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks fell on mixed earnings reports from some big retailers.  A big jump in weekly jobless claims also didn’t help the markets. The Dow lost 28.57 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 12,542.38. The Nasdaq gave…

Stocks Close with More Losses

Stocks Close with More Losses

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As Washington argues about the fiscal cliff, U.S. stock markets had another down day. The Dow closed at 12,570.95, down 185.23 points or 1.45 percent for the day. This was the Dow’s fifth down day in six tradin…

Markets Continue to Slide

Markets Continue to Slide

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets spent most of the session mixed before declining ahead of the closing bell. The Dow lost 58 points and closed at 12,756.18 on Tuesday. Technology and financial stocks led the Nasdaq to a 20-point loss to …

Stocks Begin Week with Small Gains and Losses

Stocks Begin Week with Small Gains and Losses

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. markets fell flat on Veterans Day. Last week the Dow saw its biggest sell-off of the year, following the re-election of President Obama. This week the index edged lower as investor worries grow about the impact of th…

Markets Close with Small Gains

Markets Close with Small Gains

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks swung between positive and negative territory Friday before calling it a week just barely in the plus column.  The Dow closed at 12,815.39, up four points. The blue chip index lost 2.1 percent on the week, its…

Dow Has Another Down Day

Dow Has Another Down Day

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks dropped again Thursday, but not as dramatically as Wednesday, the day after President Obama was reelected. The Dow closed at 12,811.32, down 121.41 points or nearly one percent. In the last two days the Dow ha…

Dow Suffers Worst Drop of the Year

Dow Suffers Worst Drop of the Year

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks took a pounding Wednesday as investors shifted their attention from the election to challenges facing the economy both here and in Europe. The Dow closed at 12,932.73, down 312.95 points, or 2.4 percent. This …

On Election Day, Stocks Close with Gains

On Election Day, Stocks Close with Gains

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As Americans headed to the polls Tuesday, it appears the markets were bullish leading to gains for the session.  Industrial shares and energy seemed to push the Dow up 133 points to close at 13,245.68, a one per…

Stocks Close Up on Election Eve

Stocks Close Up on Election Eve

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street trading held steady in the positive on the day before the presidential election.The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended this Election Eve up 19 points to 13,112 after closing Friday with its largest one-day los…

Stocks Erase Thursday Gains

Stocks Erase Thursday Gains

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks edged lower to end the week despite an employment report that surpassed expectations.  The Dow had gained some ground Thursday, but Friday closed down 139 points at 13,093, a loss of more than one percent. The…

Stocks Rally Thursday; Dow Up 136 Points

Stocks Rally Thursday; Dow Up 136 Points

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Investors embraced some hopeful economic reports Thursday leading to a strong rally for the markets. The Dow closed up 136 points, or 1.04 percent, at 13,232.62. The Nasdaq gained 43 points, up1.44 percent to close a…

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