U.S. stocks were poised for a lower start Thursday, as investors reacted to a higher-than-expected report on weekly jobless claims and awaited news on the housing market.
Stocks slumped Wednesday, with the Dow ending a 5-day winning streak, as gold prices hit new highs and investors remained on edge about the recovery.
U.S. stocks were headed for a lower open Wednesday, as investors continued to worry about the recovery as they mull the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement.
Stocks ended the session mixed after giving up gains posted during a short-lived afternoon rally sparked by the Federal Reserve's signal that it will take any action necessary to support the recovery.
U.S. stocks were poised for early gains ahead of the market open Tuesday, after reports that showed an bigger-than-expected uptick in new home construction.
A U.S. stock rally continued to pick up speed through Monday afternoon, with all three major indexes closing at four-month highs after a key group of economists called an official end to the recession.
U.S. stocks were headed for a higher open Monday as investors awaited the latest update on the housing sector and looked ahead to a busy week of economic events.
Stocks closed modestly higher Friday on better-than-expected earnings from Oracle and Research in Motion, but a disappointing consumer sentiment report put a cap on gains.
Better-than-expected earnings from Oracle and Research in Motion were expected to lift U.S. stocks, particularly the tech sector, at Friday's open.
On paper, investors have plenty of reasons to get off the sidelines. The jobs landscape has been improving, manufacturing has expanded for 13 straight months, and other economic reports have been pointing to steady growth.
U.S. stocks were poised to open lower Thursday, as investors digested FedEx's latest results and weekly data on first-time filers for jobless benefits.
Stocks surged in the last half hour of trading to close higher Wednesday, tracking the U.S. dollar's strength after Japan moved to rein in the surging yen.
U.S. stocks were headed for a lower open Wednesday, after the release of economic reports on trade and manufacturing, and Japan's decision to push down the yen's exchange rate.
Stocks managed to pare some losses Tuesday on better-than-expected retail sales data, but indexes ended mixed as investors stepped back from a recent runup.
U.S. stocks were poised for a tentative open Tuesday, as traders pulled out of their slump on better-than-expected retail sales data before the opening bell.
Stocks finished higher Monday as new global banking rules, upbeat economic data from China and some acquisition activity helped boost investor sentiment.
U.S. stocks looked to rally at Monday's open, as major banks gained after historic new banking reforms were not as strict as some had initially expected.
After one big leap back and three baby steps forward, stocks ended up going practically nowhere last week.
Trading was choppy and light Friday, with stocks barely ending the week higher as investors wavered between mildly upbeat data and ongoing fears about a slowing economy.
U.S. stocks were poised to drift higher Friday, looking to extends gains from the previous session, as worries about a stalling economy continued to ease.
Stocks posted tepid gains, down slightly from their earlier rally Thursday as investors mulled over better-than-expected reports on the U.S. trade deficit and weekly jobless claims.
U.S. stocks were headed for a higher open Thursday, as investors digested the latest reading on jobless claims and the U.S. trade deficit.
Stocks ended Wednesday higher as investors shifted their focus from worries about European banks to President Obama's $350 billion jobs recovery plan.
Stocks were poised to rebound Wednesday, as investors awaited an economic recovery proposal from President Obama and braced for the first batch of data this week.
U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as renewed worries about European banks weighed on financial stocks and investors flocked to such safe-haven assets such as the dollar, Treasurys and gold.
U.S. stocks were poised to slip Tuesday, as optimism from the previous week faded and renewed worries about European banks and the global economy weighed on investors.
World markets rallied Monday, with Asian stocks logging their fourth straight session of gains.
Stocks closed near session highs Friday, with the Dow erasing its losses for the year, as investors welcomed a better-than-expected report on the U.S. job market.
Stocks futures jumped Friday after the August employment report showed that employers cut fewer jobs than economists were expecting and added more private-sector jobs than forecast.
U.S. stocks were set for slight gains on Thursday, after jobless claims figures came in lower and retail same-store sales came in strong.
Stocks pushed higher at the end of a listless session Thursday, extending gains from the previous day, as investors prepare for a critical report on the U.S. job market on Friday.
The bulls are back on Wall Street. After a bearish August, stocks roared into September with a major rally Wednesday, as investors cheered signs of strength in the manufacturing sector.
U.S. stocks were poised to start September with a bang Wednesday, as investors aimed to put last month's dour performance behind them.
Stocks were little changed at the end of a choppy session Tuesday, closing out a lackluster August for the market as investors weighed meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve against upbeat economic reports.
The government's list of troubled banks hit its highest level since 1993 during the second quarter, although the pace of growth continued to slow, according to a government report released Tuesday.
U.S. stocks were poised for a weak start Tuesday, following a slump in global markets, as investors awaited key economic reports on housing prices, consumer confidence and manufacturing.
World markets slumped Tuesday, with the Nikkei ending at a 16-month low, as the yen remained strong despite efforts by the Bank of Japan to keep a lid on the Japanese currency's rise.
Stocks fell sharply late Monday, ending a lackluster session more than 1% lower, as the tone on Wall Street turned bearish ahead of big economic reports due later this week.
U.S. stock futures were mixed Monday, signaling a weak open, as investors digested billion-dollar corporate deals and a move by the Bank of Japan to shore up its economy.
The economy is slowing, the Fed is cautious about the recovery and the world's biggest chipmaker is lowering its sales forecast. But stocks rallied more than 1% Friday.
U.S. stock futures popped Friday as investors digested a better-than-expected downward revision of second-quarter economic growth. Traders also awaited key speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the economic outlook and monetary policy.
Stocks slipped Thursday, erasing earlier gains as worries about a sputtering economy overshadowed a better-than-expected report on jobless claims.
Stocks were set for a higher open, as investors reacted to a lower-than-expected weekly report on jobless claims.
Stocks finished higher Wednesday after spending most of the day in the red, following another round of dismal housing news.
Stocks were set for a weak open Wednesday, as investors remained wary ahead of more news from the housing market. On Tuesday, a report showing the sales of existing homes plunged 27% in July sparked a big selloff in U.S. markets.
U.S. stocks closed sharply lower Tuesday after a report showing showing a worse-than-expected plunge in existing home sales reignited fears about an economic slowdown.
U.S. stocks were headed for a lower start Tuesday, following declines in global markets on lingering economic worries. Investors were also anticipating a weak report on the housing market.
U.S. stocks ended a choppy day of trading lower Monday, as a dismal economic outlook overshadowed earlier optimism fueled by takeover talk.
U.S. stocks were set to open higher Monday, though investors maintained a wary outlook after two rough weeks of trading.
Stocks ended mostly lower Friday as investors continued to react to the week's downbeat economic reports that have raised concern about a double-dip recession.
U.S. stocks were set for a lower start Friday as investors continued to fret about the economy.
Investors were hit with a triple whammy of bad economic news Thursday: manufacturing still stinks, more people are jobless and confidence in the future is less than hoped.
Stocks were set to open lower Thursday after a weekly government report showed a surprise surge in jobless claims to the highest level since November.
U.S. stocks posted their second consecutive day of gains Wednesday, turning the market around after a week's worth of losses.
U.S. stocks were set for a flat open Wednesday as investors took a breather after the previous session's rally.
Stocks rallied Tuesday after a Federal Reserve regional president said fears about the central bank's outlook were "unwarranted" and investors shifted their focus to strong earnings from Wal-Mart and Home Depot.
U.S. stock futures rose early Tuesday in reaction to financial results from retail behemoth Wal-Mart and a wave of economic data.
Stocks ended mixed after a choppy session Monday, as investors were caught between excitement over dealmaking in the tech sector and pessimism about weaker-than-expected economic data.
Stocks were poised for a slightly weaker start, as investors digested data that showed Japan's economy slowed sharply last quarter. Traders are also awaiting reports on the housing markets and regional manufacturing.
With many traders out of the office in late summer -- and those still participating left confused by mixed reports -- stocks are headed for a volatile week.
Stocks ended lower Friday, the fourth consecutive day of declines, as investors digested dour economic reports in the retail and consumer sectors.
Stocks were headed for a modestly lower open, extending three consecutive days of decline, as investors digested mixed reports on retail sales and inflation.
Stocks closed modestly lower Thursday but recouped earlier losses, as investors digested an unexpected rise in jobless claims and Cisco Systems' cautious outlook.
Investors were guarded Thursday, a day after fears about the economic recovery triggered a global market rout.
Stocks slid to close sharply lower Wednesday after a report showed the U.S. trade gap widened, and foreign data cast doubt on overseas demand for American goods.
U.S. stocks were headed for a lower start Thursday, following the previous day's sharp drop on fears of a global economic slowdown. Investors are also having to digest Cisco's cautious earnings outlook and an unexpected rise in jobless claims.
U.S. stocks were headed for a sharply lower open Wednesday, after reports of slower growth in China and a downbeat outlook from the Bank of England rattled investors and sparked a selloff in world markets.
Stocks pared sharp losses to close only modestly lower Tuesday after the Federal Reserve took a cautious stance about the recovery.
U.S. stocks were poised to fall Tuesday, as investors eyed a drop in overseas markets and awaited the latest statement from the Federal Reserve.
Stocks ended higher Monday as investors signaled modest optimism in the economic recovery, ahead of a highly anticipated statement from the Federal Reserve.
U.S. stocks were set to open higher Monday as investors remained focused on the economic outlook ahead of a highly anticipated statement from the Federal Reserve later this week.
Stocks closed lower Friday as concerns about unemployment continued to weigh on the market, although all three major gauges ended the week with gains.
Stocks were headed lower Friday as nervous investors digested a worse-than-expected government jobs report.
Stocks ended a listless session modestly lower Thursday as investors focused on the job market amid signs of a sluggish economic recovery.
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U.S. stocks were set for a weak open Thursday, after a government report showed a rise in the number of unemployment claims filed last week.
Stocks closed higher Wednesday, after trading in a narrow range for most of the day, as investors welcomed improved data on private sector hiring and the services industry.
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U.S. stocks futures erased earlier losses and moved higher Tuesday morning, following a better-than-expected report on private sector job growth.
Stocks closed lower Tuesday, trimming some of the previous session's big gains, as optimism over corporate earnings gave way to concerns about the strength of the economic recovery.
Treasurys edged up Tuesday as stocks fell after downbeat economic reports and investors questioned whether the Federal Reserve will restart a bond-buying program to pump more stimulus into the economy.
U.S. stocks were set for a lower open Tuesday, ahead of a slew of economic data, as investors mulled the previous session's big run-up.
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Stocks rallied Monday, extending last month's gains, as investors welcomed upbeat economic reports and strong earnings from European banks.
U.S. stocks were set to start August with gains at Monday's open on the back of an overseas rally.
The stock debut of Tesla Motors in late June sparked memories of the initial-public-offering mania of a decade ago. As the share sale for the electric-car maker (which is at least two years from profitability) approached, excitement mounted, and the underwriters raised the price to $17, from an expected range of $14 to $16. Demand was so intense that the stock opened at $19 and spiked as high as $30 within a day. The shares promptly tumbled below $15 before settling around $20 in late July.
Despite a mixed performance on Friday, stocks booked the best monthly gain in a year, with the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 both rising nearly 7% in July.
U.S. stocks were headed toward an early selloff Friday, following a weaker-than-expected reading on second-quarter economic growth.
Stocks slid Thursday, although they finished off their session lows, as investors weighed cautious comments from a regional Federal Reserve president about the health of the economy and a mix of quarterly profit reports.
U.S. stocks were set to rise Thursday, as investors attempted to shake off worries about slowing economic growth and looked to corporate earnings.
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Stocks fell Wednesday as a worse-than-expected report on durable goods orders and weaker quarterly results from Boeing and others added to concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.
U.S. stocks were poised for a weak start Wednesday as economic woes hung over investors.
Stocks churned Tuesday, losing steam after a three-session run, after a big drop in consumer confidence offset better-than-expected profit growth from DuPont, UBS and others.
U.S. stocks were set for gains Tuesday, looking to extend the previous session's rally, as investors braced for another round of corporate results and reports on housing and consumer confidence.
Stocks rallied Monday after FedEx's improved forecast and a better-than-expected housing market report tempered worries about the economic outlook.
U.S. stocks were set for a weak start Monday, as investors awaited a report on new home sales and braced for another round of earnings due out this week.
Stocks rallied Friday, with the Dow briefly turning positive for the year after a report showed that most of Europe's big banks passed their stress tests, easing investor worries about the strength of the global economy.
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U.S. stocks were set for a higher open early Friday, although Wall Street may find trouble pushing significantly higher after the previous session's massive rally.