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US Stock Markets End the Day Mixed; Gas Prices Lower

US Stock Markets End the Day Mixed; Gas Prices Lower

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It certainly wasn’t a stellar day on Wall Street, but the reaction to elections in Europe was rather muted. The Dow closed down 29.74 points, while the S&P and NASDAQ ended the day up slightly. Market …

Stocks Helped by Weekly Jobs Numbers

Stocks Helped by Weekly Jobs Numbers

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The weekly jobs report, released Thursday, was encouraging, but it wasn’t enough to keep investors in the mood to buy. The Dow lost 62 points, while the Nasdaq and the S&P gave up 36 points and 11 points, respective…

Stocks Lose Ground with Troubling Jobs Report

Stocks Lose Ground with Troubling Jobs Report

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Investor worries about a possible slowdown in U.S. hiring kept the Dow in the minus column Wednesday, one day after its best close in four years. The Dow lost 11 points Wednesday, and the S&P dropped four.  The N…

Manufacturing Report Boosts US Markets

Manufacturing Report Boosts US Markets

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A better-than-expected report on manufacturing helped the markets rally on the first day of May. The report also gave the Dow its best close in four years Tuesday, up 66 points at 13,279. The Nasdaq gained just four point…

Gas Down 4 Cents, Stocks and Oil Down Too

Gas Down 4 Cents, Stocks and Oil Down Too

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Gas prices continued their slide down Monday. The average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.83, down 4 cents from a week ago, according to the Department of Energy.  This price is also down 13 …

Stocks Mixed at Close; Earnings Reports Continue to Boost Markets

Stocks Mixed at Close; Earnings Reports Continue to Boost Markets

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — News on corporate earnings helped the markets overall Tuesday, although the Nasdaq closed in the minus column. The Dow gained 75 points, and the S&P added five.  The Nasdaq failed to gain any …

Earnings Reports Help Dow and S&P Close with Gains

Earnings Reports Help Dow and S&P Close with Gains

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A rough few days for the equities markets ended with a rally Friday — good enough for two of the three major indexes to post weekly gains. The Dow closed up 65 points, while the S&P picked up 1.5 points. The Nas…

Weekly Jobs Report Keeps Stocks Down

Weekly Jobs Report Keeps Stocks Down

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Worries about the job market kept stocks in negative territory Thursday. The Dow Thursday closed down 69 points, the Nasdaq lost 24 and the S&P gave up 8 points. The number of Americans who filed for unemplo…

US Stocks Down After Glum Reports from Europe

US Stocks Down After Glum Reports from Europe

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. economy is a global one, and for better or worse, it’s tied to Europe. A dismal report about bad loans on the books of Spanish banks pushed stocks down Wednesday. The Dow dropped 83 points, while the Nasdaq …

US Stocks Climb Above 13,000

US Stocks Climb Above 13,000

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some strong earnings reports and a debt auction in Spain helped push the markets up Tuesday. The Dow had its best session in a month, closing above the 13,000 mark and gaining 193 points for the session. The Nasdaq a…

Wild Market Swings Continue into Another Week

Wild Market Swings Continue into Another Week

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks ended the day mixed after buyers Monday waited to pounce on some stocks that were beaten down by last week’s slide.The Dow on Monday managed a gain of 72 points to close at 12,921. The Nasdaq closed with a 23-point…

Gains for US Stocks; Youth Financial Confidence Low

Gains for US Stocks; Youth Financial Confidence Low

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite the release of a dull weekly jobs report,  the markets managed to yield some gains Thursday.While the Dow closed up 181 points, the Nasdaq added 39. The S&P closed Thursday trading with a 19-point gain….

Sharp Stock Losses After Long Holiday Weekend

Sharp Stock Losses After Long Holiday Weekend

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks lost ground Monday in reaction to the jobs report released on Good Friday when the markets were closed.   Investors had the long holiday weekend to brood over the disappointing jobs reports for March.&nb…

Stocks Mixed at Week’s End

Stocks Mixed at Week’s End

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks traded in a mixed pattern to end the week Thursday. The markets will be closed April 6 for Good Friday. On Thursday, the Dow closed down 15 points, while the S&P lost a fraction of a point.  The Nasda…

Setback for Stocks with More Worries for Europe

Setback for Stocks with More Worries for Europe

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was a rough session for the markets Wednesday.  Stocks saw their biggest setback in almost a month, with the Dow closing down 125 points, the Nasdaq giving up 46 points and the S&P losing 14 points. …

Stocks Tumble Further Wednesday

Stocks Tumble Further Wednesday

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The markets continued a downward slide Wednesday, seeing losses for the fifth day in the past week. The Dow closed down 72 points, while the Nasdaq lost 15 and the S&P gave up seven for the trading day….

Federal Reserve News Spurs Gains for Stocks

Federal Reserve News Spurs Gains for Stocks

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday sounded pessimistic about jobs at a conference in Virginia, suggesting the economy still needs help to produce faster job growth.  The indication that the Federal Res…

Stocks Close Lower; Housing Outlook Looks Positive

Stocks Close Lower; Housing Outlook Looks Positive

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks sank Tuesday after reports suggested an economic slowdown in China, where growth over the past three years helped sustain a global economic recovery. On Monday the Dow closed down 69 points, while the Nasdaq …

Modest Gains for Stocks

Modest Gains for Stocks

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The market held its own Monday after last week’s rally. The market dropped lower immediately after Apple announced a dividend and a $10 billion share buyback program, but optimism returned with the promise of greater de…

Stocks Fall Flat After Positive Week

Stocks Fall Flat After Positive Week

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Another round of economic reports lifted stocks briefly Friday, until an index of consumer confidence eroded weekly gains. Still, all the major averages added 2.5 percent this week.The Dow Friday lost 20 points to close a…

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