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January 8, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
Investors sent stocks lower ahead of the release of corporate earnings that Wall Street will digest in coming weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 48 points, or 0.4%, to 13,336 shortly after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index lost seven points, or 0.5%, to 1,455. The Nasdaq was down nine  points, or 0.3%, to 3,090. Earnings season unofficially begins with aluminum giant Alcoa Inc., which is to release earnings after the markets close Tuesday.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
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.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
U.S. manufacturing slowed in January as new orders and inventories plunged, according to data released Monday by the Institute for Supply Management. The group's purchasing managers index dropped to 51.3 last month, down more than 5 percentage points from a 56.5 reading in December. It's the lowest index reading since May 2013.  Still, a reading above 50 indicates expansion.  "A number of comments from the panel cite adverse weather conditions as a factor negatively impacting their businesses in January," said Bradley Holcomb, chair of the Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2012 | By Joe Bel Bruno
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.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014
For investors, a volatile stock market passed a worrisome milestone on Monday. The market logged its longest losing streak in two months, and extended a sell-off that began last week. After biotechnology and internet stocks pulled the market lower on Friday, it was companies that sell non-essential goods and services that dragged on the market to start the week. Concerns about earnings and sales drove declines. CarMax slumped after the used car dealer reported lower net income, and Mattel dropped on concerns about demand for big-name toys.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel and Walter Hamilton
NEW YORK - Month after month, Stan Wright watched impatiently as the stock market climbed higher while his money sat on the sidelines earning next to nothing. Like many Americans, Wright, 51, yanked his savings out stocks during the 2008 financial crisis and pinned his hopes on historically safer investments in bonds. Now he wants back in on the stock market, which is in the midst of its strongest rally in a decade. "There is really, truly almost no place else to put money right now," said Wright, a Bay Area business owner who has sunk $10,000 into stocks in the last six weeks.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - The nation's top securities regulator halted the buying and selling of 255 stocks in what the agency called a "massive trading suspension" to curtail a persistent investor fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday the suspensions - part of its "Operation Shell-Expel" - affects stocks of dormant companies based in 26 states and two foreign countries. The action is part of a broader crackdown on fraud involving shares of small, or "micro-cap," companies.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
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.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton and Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
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.
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