November 21, 2012 |
Stocks edged slightly higher in early trading after the U.S. Labor Department reported a decrease in first-time unemployment claims last week. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 8 points, or 0.1%, to 12,797 shortly after the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2 points, or 0.2%, to 1,390. The tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 10 points, or 0.3%, to 2,927. The U.S. Labor Department said initial jobless claims declined by 41,000 to 410,000 last week, compared to the previous week.
May 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- U.S. stock markets continued to lose ground by midday, with major Wall Street indexes in the red by about 1%. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 165 points, or 1.3%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 18 points, or 1.3%. The Nasdaq was down 5 points, or 0.8%. Worries over the European debt crisis have intensified after weekend elections in France and Greece threatened to disrupt financial markets. Voters in those countries rejected the austerity measures that have led to sharp cuts in government spending aimed at reassuring bond markets.
June 29, 2012 |
Stock markets around the world roared higher Friday after European policymakers made their latest move to ease the continent's debt crisis. Lawmakers agreed to pump money into troubled banks directly from the continent's bailout fund rather than from the debt-laden governments themselves. Officials also agreed to set up a continent-wide bank regulator to create tougher and more uniform banking standards throughout the euro region. As of 11:25 a.m. PDT, the Dow Jones industrial average soared 232.84 points, or 1.9%, to 12,835.10.
December 31, 2012
NEW YORK -- Stocks soared more than 1.3% on signs of last-minute progress in negotiations between President Obama and Congress to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff. " The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 166 points, or 1.3%, closing out 2012 at 13,104. The blue chip index finished the year up 7.3%. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 24 points, or 1.7%, closing at 1,426. The benchmark index ended the year up 13.3%. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index shot up 59 points, or 2%, to 3,020.
November 6, 2012 |
It's all about swing states in today's presidential election. So here's another swing-state nugget, courtesy of Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. Swing-state stocks have outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500 index during President Obama's first term. That's based on the collective performance of companies that are either based in a swing state or that do a lot of business there. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news The S&P 500 has notched an average annual gain of 12.1% during the Obama administration.
April 4, 2012 |
Wall Street took a drubbing Wednesday as investors worried that the Federal Reserve might not be willing to pump more money into the U.S. economy. Minutes released from the central bank's last rate-setting meeting indicated that policymakers appeared reluctant to inject more cash into the financial system. There had been hopes the Fed would buy bonds - a strategy known in the past as quantitative easing - to boost the economy. Stocks suffered their worst decline so far this year.
October 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Stocks rallied 2% as congressional Republicans and President Obama appeared to be moving closer to a deal that would avert a potentially catastrophic default by the U.S. on its debt. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 323.09 points, or 2.2%, to 15,126.07, its biggest one-day gain of the year. The blue-chip index rose 308 points on Jan. 2 after Washington resolved its last major crisis over the so-called fiscal cliff. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 rose 36.12 points, or 2.2%, to 1,692.52.
January 25, 2013 |
The economy is tepid and unemployment is high, but the stock market is surging. More than five years after the financial crisis plunged the country into an agonizing bear market, U.S. share prices are closing in on new record highs. The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since 2007. The index rose for the eighth straight day, its best streak since 2004. The rally has been driven by positive economic reports as well as a momentary lull in Washington gridlock that averted meltdowns over the U.S. debt ceiling.
October 5, 2012 |
Investors sent Wall Street stocks higher early Friday after the federal government reported the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs in September. The payroll gains were in line with analysts' expectations, but the government also reported that the unemployment rate fell from 8.1% to 7.8%. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 59 points, or 0.4%, to 13,634 shortly after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.5%, to 1,469. The Nasdaq was up 16 points, or 0.5%, to 3,166.
May 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Wall Street will be watching Ben Bernanke's testimony before Congress on Wednesday, hoping the Federal Reserve chairman will offer clues as to when the central bank may begin turning off its spigot of easy money. Investors will also be scouring the Fed's meeting minutes, which are due out Wednesday. The central bank's stimulus programs have helped lift major U.S. equity indexes to historic highs this year, as low interest rates have made riskier investments like stocks more attractive.