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Fears Mount as China Reports Weak Trading Data in July

Fears Mount as China Reports Weak Trading Data in JulyiStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Worries are mounting over the strength of the global economy after China, the world’s second largest economy, reported worse than expected trade data on Friday.In July, China's exports rose by 1 percent from a y...

Stocks Close Mostly Flat

Stocks Close Mostly FlatHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets were sluggish Thursday with the key averages alternating between small gains and losses for the session.While the Nasdaq managed to gain seven points and close at 3,018.64, and the S&P added just a fractio...

Firms Paying Dividends Highest in Decade

Firms Paying Dividends Highest in DecadeiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The number of S&P 500 companies that have paid dividends to their shareholders, 402, is the highest since 1999.The number of dividend payers is the highest it’s been in the 21st century, which is good news ...

Stocks Mixed at Close; US Consumers More Budget Conscious

Stocks Mixed at Close; US Consumers More Budget ConsciousHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks traded in a narrow range, teetering between gains and losses for most of the day. Wednesday the Dow and the S&P finally settled slightly higher, while the Nasdaq slipped. The Dow edged up seven points and ...

Stocks Push Higher; S&P Closes Above 1,400

Stocks Push Higher; S&P Closes Above 1,400Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The S&P climbed higher Tuesday, closing above 1,400.  An official at the Federal Reserve of Boston called for the Fed to step up its efforts at boosting the economy, driving stocks up for the third straight sessi...

Dow Kicks Off Week in Positive Territory

Dow Kicks Off Week in Positive TerritoryHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Monday was fairly quiet on Wall Street despite some financial unrest last week in Europe and some disappointing economic reports here at home.Investors were in a moderately good mood after Friday's better than expected jo...

Stocks Rally Despite Report Showing Higher Unemployment Rate

Stocks Rally Despite Report Showing Higher Unemployment RateHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The latest jobs report, which showed the unemployment rate ticked up from 8.2 to 8.3 percent last month, couldn't keep the markets down Friday. U.S. stocks rallied before calling it a week. The Dow Jones Industrial A...

Stocks Finish Day Lower, European Central Bank Disappoints

Stocks Finish Day Lower, European Central Bank DisappointsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New worries about the shaky financial situation in Europe forced U.S. markets down Thursday.  Investors may have been disappointed with the European Central Bank's (ECB) obscurity in addressing the region's debt...

Facebook Stock Dips Below $20

Facebook Stock Dips Below $20Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook shares hit a new low Thursday, dipping under $20 for a short time.The company’s latest stock woes come on a day when bad news piled up for the social network.Top Facebook executives Katie Mitic a...

Stocks Close Lower as Fed Delays Action on Economy

Stocks Close Lower as Fed Delays Action on EconomyiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Federal Reserve's decision not to take immediate action to stimulate the economy helped drive stocks lower Wednesday.The Dow closed at 12,976, a loss of 33 points. The Nasdaq lost 19 points, falling to 2,920, whi...

Stocks Close Day Down; Indexes Up for the Month

Stocks Close Day Down; Indexes Up for the Month Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks closed lower Tuesday ahead of two crucial meetings this week. Still, the Dow closed the month with gains for the ninth time in 10 months. Despite posting a 1 percent increase for July, the Dow Jones Industria...

Dow Closes Slightly Lower; Nasdaq and S&P Also Down

Dow Closes Slightly Lower; Nasdaq and S&P Also DownHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets saw minor changes Monday, as investors await important domestic data set to be released later this week. And if it wasn't for one bank's downgrade, the Dow may have actually finished the day higher.The Dow sun...

Dow Closes Above 13,000

Dow Closes Above 13,000Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow ended the week with a bang. The index climbed higher Friday, closing above 13,000 for the first time since May 7.The Dow added 187.73 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P gained 64.84 points and 25.95, respectivel...

Stocks Rally to Finish Higher

Stocks Rally to Finish HigherMedioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks rallied Thursday on eased concerns for the euro zone, erasing losses for the week.  The central bank in Europe has expressed willingness to help support the region's troubled economies and save ...

Stocks Mixed at Close; Dow Bounces Back

Stocks Mixed at Close; Dow Bounces BackiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A couple of strong earnings reports paired with a sharp drop in new home sales led to a mixed market Wednesday.   The Dow rose for the first time in four days, closing up 58.7 points at 12,676 after the rel...

Dow Has Third Consecutive Triple-Digit Loss

Dow Has Third Consecutive Triple-Digit LossiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Weak corporate earnings led to another day of losses for stocks on Tuesday.  The Dow tumbled, losing more than 100 points for a third straight session.   The Dow closed down 104.14 points at 12,617.32....

Global Stocks Drag on Concerns Over Spain

Global Stocks Drag on Concerns Over SpainHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Growing fears that Spain will need to be bailed out hit markets hard Monday, sending global stocks sharply lower and the euro down to a fresh two-year low against the dollar. The Dow lost 101 points Monday to close at 12,...

Global Stocks Drag on Concerns Over Spain

Global Stocks Drag on Concerns Over SpainHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Growing fears that Spain will need to be bailed out hit markets hard Monday, sending global stocks sharply lower and the euro down to a fresh two-year low against the dollar. The Dow lost 101 points Monday to close at 12,...

Fiscal Pressures in Spain Trouble US Markets

Fiscal Pressures in Spain Trouble US MarketsHemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets developed a new case of worries about Europe, particularly Spain, and stocks sank after three previously strong sessions. The Dow ended the week down 121 points, falling to 12,823. The Nasdaq...

Earnings Push Stocks Higher; Microsoft Reports First Quarterly Loss

Earnings Push Stocks Higher; Microsoft Reports First Quarterly LossHemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Strong earnings reports from IBM and others helped tech shares lead the markets Thursday to a third straight winning session. The Dow closed up 34.66 points to close at 12,943 Thursday, while the Nasdaq added 23 poin...

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