Investors were on edge Monday ahead of two big meetings by U.S. and European central banks.
U.S. stocks pointed to a flat open Tuesday, with traders not expecting much market movement in the shortened trading day.
U.S. stocks could struggle Friday on investor disappointment that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did not signal more stimulus is on the horizon.
Asian shares tumbled, as investors dumped risky assets, rattled by growing concerns about the global economic recovery and the eurozone's future.
U.S. stocks were headed for a positive open Thursday, the last day of a wretched month that saw Treasury yields in the U.S. fall to record lows, while Spain and Greece kept contagion worries front and center.
Asian shares dropped, with Japan's stock index falling to a four-month low, as investors dumped risky assets amid growing worries about Europe compounded by disappointing US economic data.
Stocks finished lower Friday, ending a down week for the major indexes, as weakness in the banking sector weighed on the market.
U.S. stocks ended mixed Thursday afternoon as investors welcomed a slight dip in jobless claims but remained cautious amid ongoing uncertainty in Greece and the rest of Europe.
U.S. stocks bounced back somewhat from a sharp sell-off Wednesday, but all three major indexes closed in the red as investors continue to fret about Greece and Spain.
U.S. stocks sank Tuesday, although the major indexes closed off session lows, as Greece's uncertain political situation keeps investors on edge.
U.S. stocks finished mixed Tuesday, with the Dow holding onto solid gains, while Netflix's disappointing outlook weighed down tech stocks.
U.S. stocks were poised for a mixed open Tuesday as investors turn their attention to two reports on housing and await Apple's earnings after the close.
U.S. stocks closed mixed Monday, with blue-chips gaining and tech shares falling, as investors weighed an upbeat report on retail sales, corporate earnings and renewed worries about Europe.
U.S. stocks were poised to open slightly higher Thursday as worries about Europe took a backseat to U.S. economic and corporate results.
After strong gains last week, trading could be choppy Monday, with little major economic or corporate news expected.
Stocks finished higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 topping the 1,400 mark for the first time in nearly four years, as investors considered a batch of better-than-expected economic news.
U.S. stocks recovered quite a bit of lost ground but still finished in the red Monday, following the path of world markets, after China lowered its annual growth target.
While stocks ended slightly lower, Wednesday's biggest market moves were in the bond, commodity and currency markets -- with 10-year Treasury yields surging higher and the price of gold, silver and the euro dropping dramatically.
U.S. stocks ended mixed Friday, with the Dow and S&P holding near their highest levels since 2008, as investors digested reports on consumer sentiment and home sales.
U.S. stocks were headed for a flat open Friday, after finishing the previous session at multi-year highs, as investors hesitated to make big bets before a key vote on a second bailout for Greece.
As investors return from the weekend, Monday is already starting off a lot like Friday did: Greece's debt talks are still in limbo, and U.S. companies continue to report earnings.
U.S. stocks advanced for a third straight session Thursday, rising to fresh six-month highs, thanks to solid gains in financial shares.
Before U.S. stocks begin trading Thursday, investors have a lot to chew on.
From up 8% to down 12%, stocks finished 2011 with an annual change of 0.003%...about as flat as you can get.
U.S. stocks were set to open slightly higher Friday, the final trading day of 2011, as investors bid farewell to an otherwise volatile year.
U.S. stocks were trending toward a lower open Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would not be taking action to counter Europe's debt crisis.
U.S. stocks tumbled in a broad sell-off Monday amid growing investor doubt that Europe's debt crisis will actually be resolved, and a sales warning from chipmaker Intel.
European stocks were unable to maintain the strong rally from the previous session on Thursday, stalling in early trading as sentiment returned to caution.
Investors around the world raced to scoop up stocks on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve said it will work with other central banks to support the global economy.
U.S. stocks posted sharp gains Monday, following reports of strong Black Friday weekend sales and amid optimism that European leaders may be working toward a solution to the continent's debt crisis.
Stocks capped off a brutal day on Wall Street down 2%, as investors remained on edge about the lack of progress leaders have made solving U.S. and European debt problems.
Investors ran for the hills Wednesday, shaken to the core by fears that Italy, Europe's fourth-largest economy, was headed deeper into crisis mode.
U.S. stocks stayed under pressure with all major U.S. indexes falling about 2% for the week. Investors remained wary over whether Greece could default on its debt and what that might mean for the global financial system.
U.S. stocks were set to tumble at the opening bell Tuesday after Greece's prime minister called an unexpected public referendum to approve Europe's bailout deal.
Europe finally has a deal, and investors are pleased ... for now.
U.S. stocks were set to rally at the open Thursday, after European Union leaders agreed to expand Europe's bailout fund and take major losses on Greek bonds -- the latest step in an ongoing effort to curb the region's debt crisis.
Is it a mirage or could a deal to save Europe from a sovereign debt disaster be near?
Stock market investors finally broke even for 2011, after a choppy trading week.
U.S. stocks ended mixed Thursday, as investors took a breather from the recent rallies and turned cautious after a lackluster earnings report from JPMorgan Chase.
A broad rally lost steam during the final minutes of trading, but stocks still ended sharply higher Wednesday as investors welcomed the latest plan to recapitalize European banks.
U.S. stocks ended mixed Tuesday, with a technology sector rally bucking a broader decline, as investors await the next step after Slovakia voted against overhauling the European bailout fund.
Stocks closed down Wednesday, ending a three-day winning streak for all three indexes. A modest early morning rally gave way to worries over stalled global growth prospects and concerns that European leaders may not be moving fast enough to solve the region's debt problems.
Asian shares rallied, following sharp gains on Wall Street, on hopes that policymakers in Europe will take action to resolve the region's worsening debt crisis.
Despite Friday's relative calm on Wall Street, it was a brutal week for stocks, with investors losing faith in economies and political leaders around the world. The Dow Jones industrial average closed the week down 738 points, or 6.4%, its worst weekly performance since October 2008.
Investors watched $500 billion disappear from the stock market Thursday, putting the week's losses at $1.1 trillion.
The world's financial markets took a beating Thursday as investors saw signs of economic weakness around the globe.
Stocks closed in positive territory to end a choppy trading day. After a rough start Tuesday, U.S. stocks followed world markets slightly higher as worries about a possible credit downgrade of French banks receded.
European stocks fell sharply on Monday on renewed fears of a eurozone debt crisis and concerns about the global economy.
Stocks ended sharply lower Friday, erasing the week's gains, after a government report showing no job growth in August stoked fears that the U.S. may be headed into another recession.
Stocks rallied Monday, following a trifecta of positive news: A Greek bank deal, a solid U.S. consumer spending report and relief that Hurricane Irene caused less damage than expected.
U.S. stocks were slammed with another wave of late-day selling on Friday as investors were faced with disappointing news from Hewlett-Packard as well lingering issues with Europe's debt crisis and the future of the U.S. economy.
Wall Street got socked on Thursday as renewed concerns about the U.S. and global economies sent major indexes plunging and pushed gold to a new high and bond yields to a record low.
U.S. stocks moved solidly higher Monday, with major indexes rising about 2%, as merger activity set a positive tone on Wall Street.
U.S. stocks were poised for a modestly higher open Monday, as gains in markets around the globe helped set a positive tone.
Stocks moved higher on Friday. That's the second day in a row. And it has been a fairly quiet move up.
U.S. stocks were set for a higher open Friday, following a choppy week of trading and huge gains in the previous session, as investors reacted to a healthy report on retail sales.
Rebound! Stock markets continued their schizophrenic week Thursday as all three indexes surged on positive earnings and labor market news.
Buckle up. U.S. markets are likely headed for another roller coaster ride Thursday, as investors weigh positive news at home against growing concerns about fiscal problems in Europe.
After a one-day respite, U.S. stocks plunged sharply yet again Wednesday as investors were confronted with mounting fears about Europe's ongoing debt crisis, this time in France.
World markets attempted to come back Tuesday, a day after Wall Street's worst session in more than 2-1/2 years.
European stocks closed sharply lower Monday, as action to bolster faltering eurozone nations couldn't overcome concerns about Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt. Asian markets also finished the session lower.
It was a wild ride on Wall Street.
World markets sold off Friday, a day after the Dow industrials had its worst point loss since the 2008 financial crisis.
Stocks plunged Thursday in their single worst day since the 2008 financial crisis.
U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open Friday, following a much better-than-expected monthly jobs report.
Matthew McCall with Penn Financial Group on fear fueling market dips across the world.
Erin Burnett and Ali Velshi talk about why the world needs the American economy to be strong.
After trading sharply lower most of the day, stocks slowly climbed back to end Wednesday's session modestly positive, ending an eight-day losing streak for the Dow.
European markets retreated Monday, after being higher higher most of the session, following an extremely disappointing report on U.S. manufacturing activity.
U.S. stocks were headed for a strong open Monday, after President Obama and congressional leaders struck a deal to raise the debt ceiling and cut federal spending.
Stocks ended Friday's session sharply lower, posting their worst weekly performance in more than a year, as investors grow increasingly worried that Washington may not reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling before the deadline.
U.S. stocks lost steam in the afternoon, pushing the Dow lower for the fifth straight session, as investors remain worried about the impending debt ceiling deadline.
U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open Wednesday, as lawmakers made little progress toward raising the debt ceiling, with less than one week to go before the nation's borrowing limit must be lifted.
U.S. stocks retreated Tuesday, as concern about the outlook for corporate earnings and ongoing worries over the U.S. debt ceiling shook investor confidence.
U.S. stocks ended Friday's session mixed, as strong gains in the technology sector were offset by disappointing results from industrial conglomerate Caterpillar.
U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, following news that European leaders reached an agreement to contain Greece's debt crisis.
U.S. stocks ended little changed Wednesday, as investors moved to the sidelines to survey the latest twists in the debt ceiling drama.
U.S. stocks were headed for early gains Wednesday as Apple's knockout results lifted the tech sector and speculation about a debt ceiling deal boosted the broader market.
U.S. stocks posted solid gains on Friday as corporate profits helped offset the ongoing uncertainty regarding the U.S.'s debt ceiling.
U.S. stocks were set to open the trading day with mild gains Friday, despite new warning signs about a possible downgrade of U.S. debt.
U.S. stocks were poised for gains before the opening bell Wednesday, after robust Chinese growth numbers calmed investors.
World stock markets tumbled Tuesday, after a report stoked concerns about the finances of more than five dozen Chinese companies, and as fears remain high about Europe's debt crisis spilling over into Italy.
U.S. stocks were headed for an early sell-off Monday, as investors fret over weak domestic economic data and Europe's debt crisis, while bracing for second-quarter corporate results.
U.S. stocks were set to drop at the opening bell Friday, after the monthly jobs report showed employers added just 18,000 positions in June.
U.S. stocks were set to extend gains Thursday as investors reacted to a pair of jobs reports that showed stronger-than-expected results.
U.S. stocks ended little changed Tuesday, as investors took a step back after last week's stellar gains and remain wary about Europe's financial future.
U.S. stocks were poised to open little changed Tuesday, as investors look remain cautious about Greece's financial future.
U.S. stocks were set to open the new month on a quiet note Friday, following a week of strong gains, as investors await reports on manufacturing and consumer sentiment.
Stocks ended the first half of the year solidly higher Thursday, as investors put a turbulent six months behind them.
U.S. stocks closed higher for a third day on Wednesday, as bank shares boosted the broader market following Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement over mortgage securities claims.
U.S. stocks were poised for a third day of gains Wednesday, following Greece's Parliament approval of proposed austerity measures.
U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, with the Dow jumping 145 points, as investors cheered a report showing home prices rose for the first time in nine months in April.
U.S. stocks were set to edge higher Tuesday, following a report that showed home prices rose for the first time in eight months in April.
Forget having a case of the Mondays.
U.S. stocks were poised to start the week little changed Monday, as investors digested personal income and spending data.
U.S. stocks fell Wednesday after the Federal Reserve issued a dour assessment of the economy but gave no indication that additional stimulus measures are in the works.
Stocks posted solid advances on Tuesday, with technology shares leading gains, as investors awaited the confidence vote for Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou later tonight.
U.S. stocks managed decent gains Monday, even as investors remained cautious about Greece's debt crisis.
U.S. stocks were headed for a lower open Monday, after European officials failed to agree on a solution for Greece's debt crisis.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Thursday as weakness in the tech sector countered stronger-than-expected reports on the housing market and unemployment.