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Positive Economic Reports Push Stocks Higher

Positive Economic Reports Push Stocks Higher

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks closed higher with a second straight day of gains Wednesday on some welcome economic news about pending home sales and factory orders.  The Dow finished at 12,626.93, adding 92 points for the session. The…

Housing Data Gives Stocks a Boost

Housing Data Gives Stocks a Boost

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets made up some of the ground lost on Monday after data released today showed favorable signs for home prices. The Dow managed to close up 61 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P gained 21 points and 8.6 poi…

Stocks Higher Looking Ahead to Possible Fed Announcement

Stocks Higher Looking Ahead to Possible Fed Announcement

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday, apparently in anticipation of a Federal Reserve announcement to further loosen lending in the U.S. economy.The Dow climbed 96 points to 12,837. The Nasdaq added 34 points to close at 2,929, an…

US and European Stocks Mixed at Close

US and European Stocks Mixed at Close

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was a roller coaster of losses and gains for U.S. stocks Monday, with stocks mixed at the closing bell.While the Dow ended the day slightly lower by 25 points, the S&P and Nasdaq inched up nearly two points to 1,34…

US and Foreign Markets Up as Investors Await Greek Vote

US and Foreign Markets Up as Investors Await Greek Vote

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. and European markets ended the week higher Friday, but investors will still be watching over the weekend with an important election to happen Sunday in Greece.The Dow closed at 12,767.17, up 115.26 points or 0.91 p…

Foreign News Sparks Strong Day for Stocks

Foreign News Sparks Strong Day for Stocks

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks jumped on news that central banks from major economies will take action if there is trouble in markets after the Greek elections, according to experts. The Dow ended the day at 12,651.91, up 155.53 poin…

Stocks End the Day in the Red

Stocks End the Day in the Red

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It was a rollercoaster ride for the markets Wednesday, but stocks finished the session in the minus column. Though the Dow inched up above 12,598 for a brief period, it eventually closed down 77 points at 1…

Stocks End the Day in the Red

Stocks End the Day in the Red

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It was a rollercoaster ride for the markets Wednesday, but stocks finished the session in the minus column. Though the Dow inched up above 12,598 for a brief period, it eventually closed down 77 points at 1…

Dow Rebounds from Monday Losses

Dow Rebounds from Monday Losses

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets recovered after Monday’s sell-off following some reassuring words from a Fed official. The Dow soared 163 points, closing at 12,573.80 and bouncing back from Monday’s 143-point loss. The Nasdaq rose …

US Stocks End the Day Down, Gas Down Again

US Stocks End the Day Down, Gas Down Again

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The initial excitement about the Spanish bailout didn’t last long.  The Dow closed at 12,411.23 — down 142.97 points or 1.14 percent. The S&P and Nasdaq were down, 16.73 points and 48.69 po…

Stocks Rally to the Positive; Obama Clarifies Private Sector Remarks

Stocks Rally to the Positive; Obama Clarifies Private Sector Remarks

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks ended the week in positive territory although investors are keeping an eye on Europe’s problems, which threaten to weaken the U.S. economy. The Dow closed up 93 points to end the week’s trading at 12,554. The …

Stocks Mixed as Bernanke in Wait-and-See Mode

Stocks Mixed as Bernanke in Wait-and-See Mode

iZtockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stock markets were up early in the day as China announced an interest rate cut, but moved lower as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke started speaking Thursday. The Dow was positive for a third straight …

US Stocks Rise After Europe Takes New Steps Toward Recovery

US Stocks Rise After Europe Takes New Steps Toward Recovery

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The markets had their best day in months with some cryptic developments in Europe sending stocks soaring Wednesday. The Dow surged 287 points, turning the average positive for the year, after May’s dismal showing. …

Dow Breaks Four-Day Losing Streak

Dow Breaks Four-Day Losing Streak

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Dow snapped a four-day losing streak, closing up 25 points Tuesday. The Nasdaq gained 18 points, and the S&P added 10 for the session. On Tuesday, stocks spent most of the session volleying between slight gai…

Dow Down Fourth Straight Day, Facebook at New Low

Dow Down Fourth Straight Day, Facebook at New Low

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a sharp drop Friday, the Dow closed at 12,101.46 on Monday, down another 17.11 points in trading.The S&P ended the day flat at 1,278.18, while the NASDAQ managed to end the day up 12.53 points to close at 2,760….

Stocks Suffer Year’s Worst Day on Jobs Report

Stocks Suffer Year’s Worst Day on Jobs Report

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a dismal May jobs report, U.S. stocks on Friday had their worst day in 2012, erasing the gains for the year and touching lows for a number of benchmarks.The S&P 500 index fell nearly 2.5 percent to 1,278 as…

Stocks Settle in the Negative; Dow Has Worst Month in Two Years

Stocks Settle in the Negative; Dow Has Worst Month in Two Years

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks spent the last day of May moving between moderate losses and gains.At the end of what was the worst month for the Dow in about two years, the index Thursday closed down 26.41 points at 12,393.45. The Nasdaq lost 10…

Investor Anxieties over Europe Push Stocks Lower

Investor Anxieties over Europe Push Stocks Lower

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wednesday was a rough day for the markets with new worries about Europe’s financial problems pushing stocks into negative territory. The Dow lost 160.83 points Wednesday to 12,219.86.The Nasdaq gave up 33.63 poi…

Dow Climbs into Positive Territory; Facebook Continues to Slide

Dow Climbs into Positive Territory; Facebook Continues to Slide

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An encouraging read on the housing market helped push the markets up to start the week. The Dow closed up 126 points Tuesday, while the Nasdaq and S&P added 33 points and 15 points, respectively.There are more signs t…

Investor Concern for Eurozone Brings Stocks Lower

Investor Concern for Eurozone Brings Stocks Lower

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New worries about the shaky financial situation in Europe kept the markets down to end the week. Trading Friday was light ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend. The Dow closed down 75 points, or 0.6 percent, to 12,455. T…

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