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November 21, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
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 | By Andrew Tangel
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 | By Walter Hamilton
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 6, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield, This post has been updated. See below for details.
OK, listen up, all you dumb users of smartphones: In spite of what Massachusetts ' high court decided, no, it isn't OK to take “upskirt” pictures of unsuspecting women. On Wednesday, in the land of the Puritans and the home of “Banned in Boston,” all hell broke loose after the state Supreme Judicial Court overruled a lower court in a case involving one Michael Robertson, who seemed to think it was clever to use his cellphone in ways Apple or Samsung never intended. But Robertson got away with it because the state's Peeping Tom laws don't apply to such behavior, the court found.
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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