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February 27, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
The Dow's run toward 13,000 may not be the biggest surprise in the stock market this year. The sharp drop in volatility is just as unexpected. After barely budging last week, the Dow Jones industrial average resumed its effort Monday to permanently vault past past 13,000. It pierced that level briefly last week but has yet to close above it. After overcoming an early-morning sell-off, it's a smidge over 13,000 at the moment. The assault on 13,000 has made it easy to overlook the big drop in volatility.
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September 28, 2010 | Reuters
U.S. stocks rose Tuesday as latecomers jumped onto the September bandwagon, buying up sectors that have outperformed during the month. The S&P 500 has risen 9.4 percent so far in September, historically the worst month for stocks. "When a month takes you by surprise like this, you tend to be underexposed to stocks and overexposed in cash and bonds. And as the quarter comes to an end, people are rushing to at least have ownership of the stocks that have performed well and have a good outlook.
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March 21, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
A week-long rally in the stock market carried the Standard & Poor's 500 index to an intraday record Friday morning, the latest indication that investors worry more about missing potential gains than suffering losses. Stocks have been buoyed this week by generally positive economic data that have eased concerns about the potential for interest rates to rise next year. Stocks also have overcome geopolitical tensions between the United States and Russia, brushing aside the brinkmanship over the future of Crimea and the Ukraine.
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March 14, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
The stock market closed out its worst week since January, weighed down early by doubts about China's economic growth, uninspiring economic data in the U.S. and finally geopolitical tension in Russia. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 2.4% for the week, saddling it with a 3.1% loss so far this year. The index was off 43.22 points Friday, at 16,065.67, after skidding 231.19 points Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2% for the week, leaving it down 0.4% for the year.
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February 19, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Hedge-fund manager David Einhorn is sounding a cautious tone about stocks. In a conference call with analysts, Einhorn said last year's massive run for stocks was fueled in part by misleading earnings reports. "In 2013 the market rewarded many companies beating earnings after they had lowered guidance," Einhorn said while discussing the performance of reinsurer Greenlight Capital Re, of which he is chairman. "This trend is not likely to continue indefinitely. " Photos: Top 10 Southern California companies Einhorn is one of the most respected and successful investors on Wall Street and the founder and president of the hedge-fund firm Greenlight Capital Inc. He said Greenlight Re benefited from holdings in Apple Inc. and Micron Technology Inc., but was hurt by short positions on Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and U.S. Steel Corp.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Stocks faced another broad selloff Friday as investors feared a slowdown in emerging markets and the Federal Reserve's move to scale back its easy-money policies. The Dow Jones industrial average was down about 200 points in midday trading on Wall Street, following sharp drops in other major stock markets in Europe and Asia.  The Dow at one point fell 203.56 points, or 1.3%, to 15,993.79 -- below the psychological milestone of 16,000 the index burst through during an epic rally last year.
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January 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California's huge pension fund reported a 16.2% return on its investments in 2013 - its best results in more than a decade. The California Public Employees' Retirement System, which provides benefits to about 1.7 million state and local government workers, retirees and their dependents, said its total investments were worth $282.6 billion as of Friday, the highest ever. Better known as CalPERS, the country's biggest public pension fund was especially helped by the stock market's best year since 1997.
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December 31, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - Wall Street closed out an epic year with the stock market's best performance since 1995, fattening the retirement accounts for a generation of Americans crushed by the financial crisis just five years ago. The 27% gain in the Dow Jones industrial average enabled investors to recoup the last of the losses suffered during the Great Recession, when the value of America's blue-chip stocks was slashed in half. And analysts are predicting that stocks will continue their upward march in 2014, though perhaps not at such a breakneck pace.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Some investors are expecting stocks to lose ground next year, but not Joseph Baratta, who manages the private-equity business of Blackstone Group. Baratta said investors could pile up stock-market gains for two more more years, with a little help from the Federal Reserve. "The fundamentals of the U.S. economy are strong, sentiment is very positive, earnings have been growing, the Federal Reserve is quite accommodating," Baratta said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. "I think that will last as long as the Fed keeps pumping money into the credit markets.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
The stock market is down for a third consecutive day, the first time that has happened since late September. The Dow Jones industrial average slid below 16,000 early Tuesday, in part as portfolio managers appeared to lighten their holdings to lock in annual gains. As of 9:40 a.m. PST, the Dow was off 100.05 points, or 0.6%, to 15,908.72. The Standard & Poor's 500 dipped below 1,800, sagging 7.17 points, or 0.4%, to 1,793.73. The mini-selloff comes on the heels of a vibrant rally that had carried stocks up more than 1,000 points since early October.
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December 3, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Overall charitable giving rose 2.3% during the three months that ended on Oct. 31, driven in part by the rising stock market, according to Blackbaud Inc. Blackbaud does not release total numbers for the amount of money given over that period. But the Blackbaud Index data looked at 3,828 charities that raised more than $12 billion over the last year. The Charleston, S.C.-based Blackbaud Inc. is a public company that tracks charitable giving. Blackbaud also works with more than 29,000 nonprofit organizations in more than 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services and other issues.
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