The Nasdaq is at its highest level since the end of 2000. Highly speculative companies like Netflix and Zynga are soaring, and investors are salivating about possibly paying 100 times earnings for Facebook when it goes public.
U.S. stocks rallied Friday, as investors cheered a much stronger-than-expected jobs report.
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.
If the daily 200-point drops or spikes in the Dow aren't enough to cause heart palpations among investors, the seemingly inexplicable gyrations in the final hour of trading probably do.
After pushing stocks to nearly 3-month highs and getting them firmly on track for the best monthly performance in decades, investors stepped to the sidelines on Friday.
Europe finally has a deal, and investors are pleased ... for now.
Stock market investors finally broke even for 2011, after a choppy trading week.
Stocks just closed out the worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis, and the swoon is hardly over. With worries about Greece's solvency still in the spotlight, stocks kicked off the fourth quarter with a huge sell-off.
Stocks ended a dismal quarter with heavy losses Friday as investors remain worried about the debt crisis in Europe and the outlook for global economic growth.
Stocks rallied Thursday on better-than-expected U.S. economic readings and Germany's vote of approval for expanding the eurozone's bailout fund.
Stocks erased most of the day's gains Tuesday, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 turning negative as investors turned cautious amid the uncertainty surrounding Greece's debt issues and ahead of the Fed's interest rate decision.
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 ended little changed Wednesday, as investors moved to the sidelines to survey the latest twists in the debt ceiling drama.
The fireworks came early on Wall Street. Stocks started the second half of the year firing on all cylinders Friday, posting the strongest week in two years, as fresh data boosted investor optimism about the state of the economy.
Stocks ended the first half of the year solidly higher Thursday, as investors put a turbulent six months behind them.
Investors are on edge as they face a series of headwinds that just don't seem to be going away: a slowing U.S. recovery, European debt problems and the end of the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program.
U.S. stocks rose to multi-year highs on Thursday, as investors dismissed a series of mixed earnings reports as well as disappointing economic news.
Stocks surged higher on Wednesday, with the Dow rising nearly 200 points and the Nasdaq rising 2%, as Wall Street rallied behind solid earnings results out of the technology sector.
U.S. stocks rose moderately on Friday, the first day of the second quarter, bolstered by the government's stronger-than-expected jobs report.
A sell-off in U.S. stocks accelerated Wednesday, with all three major indexes ending at their lowest levels of 2011.
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 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.
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.
Stocks rallied Monday after FedEx's improved forecast and a better-than-expected housing market report tempered worries about the economic outlook.
Stocks rallied Friday, finding momentum at the end of a choppy session ahead of the first wave of quarterly corporate results due out next week.
The Dow ended higher Tuesday, finishing a volatile session with gains and breaking its seven-session losing streak as investors scooped up certain shares hit in the recent bloodletting.
Investors returning from a long holiday weekend better come back well rested, as the weeks ahead bring something of a battle.
Stocks ended a volatile session lower Friday, with the major indexes ending at new 2010 lows in the aftermath of a weaker-than-expected June jobs report.
Stocks slipped Thursday, but managed to trim bigger losses, after worse-than-expected readings on manufacturing, housing and the labor market fueled fears that the economy is heading for another recession.
Stocks tumbled Tuesday, with the Dow falling as much as 326 points and the S&P hitting an 8-month low after a big drop in consumer confidence and signs of a bigger slowdown in the global economy.
Stocks ended a choppy session higher Friday, with the market managing to carve out a second consecutive week of gains as buyers dipped back in after the May sell-off.
Stocks surged Tuesday, pushing the Dow up over 200 points, as worries about Europe's debt woes hurting U.S. growth eased and the euro rallied.
U.S. stocks looked to tumble Friday after the government's monthly jobs report fell short of expectations.
Stocks managed gains Thursday following a choppy session in which investors mulled mixed economic news ahead of Friday's big monthly jobs report.
Stocks tumbled Monday, with the Dow ending at a three-month low as worries about the global economic outlook overshadowed a bigger-than-expected rise in existing home sales.
Stocks ended higher Friday, finding momentum at the end of a very choppy session in which concerns about global growth vied with investor willingness to scoop up shares beaten down in the recent sell-off.
Stocks rallied Monday after European officials approved a nearly $1 trillion rescue plan to contain the debt crisis in troubled nations and stabilize the euro.
Stocks slumped Friday, with the three major indexes ending in negative territory for the year as investors mulled the Greek debt crisis and the aftermath of one of the most gut-churning days in Wall Street history.
Stocks tumbled Friday after reports that Goldman Sachs is facing a criminal probe sparked analyst downgrades and a selloff in the financial sector. Worries about Greece's lingering debt problems also weighed.
The Dow managed to eke out a fresh 19-month high Monday on Caterpillar's strong earnings, but a selloff in financials hit the broader market at the start of a busy week on Wall Street.
Stocks rallied Friday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all ending at fresh 2010 highs, after a surprisingly strong new-home sales report, a surge in commodities and improved earnings from American Express.
Stocks ended mostly higher Monday as investors set aside some worries about the fallout from Goldman Sachs and scooped up financial, consumer and energy stocks.
Stocks scratched out slim gains Tuesday, pushing the Dow and S&P 500 to fresh 18-month highs and the Nasdaq to the highest point in almost two years, as economic optimism again lifted equities.
Stocks managed gains Monday, with the Dow industrials closing above 11,000 for the first time in 18 months, after European leaders made loans available to Greece, tempering fears that the nation might have to default on its debt.
Investors return to work this week with the Dow just short of 11,000, the Nasdaq nearing a two-year high and the first-quarter reporting period set to take off.
Stocks gained Friday, with the Dow briefly topping 11,000 and the broad market ending higher for the seventh of eight weeks, as economic optimism trumped concerns about Greek debt.
Stocks gained Thursday as upbeat sales reports from the nation's retailers helped provide optimism about the economic outlook, taking the edge off worries about Greece and other euro zone debt issues.
Financial shares rose in an otherwise tepid session Tuesday that nonetheless saw two of the major indexes -- the Nasdaq and the S&P -- finish at their highest levels in more than a year and a-half.
Stocks closed mixed Friday, ending another up week, as investors considered the Greek bailout package, reports of a naval conflict between North and South Korea and a weaker U.S. dollar.
Stocks rallied Tuesday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 ending at new 18-month highs following the release of a better-than-expected existing home sales report that suggests a slow economic rebound.
Buying in select blue chips Thursday propelled the Dow to its eighth straight gain and the highest close in nearly 18 months, but the broader market churned as investors showed some reluctance after the recent rally.
Stocks rallied Wednesday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all closing at new fresh 2010 highs, after the U.S. and Japanese central banks chose to keep interest rates low and the Senate passed a key jobs bill.
Stocks gained Wednesday, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 building on 18-month highs hit in the previous session, as investors continued to welcomed the Federal Reserve's decision to hold interest rates steady.
Stocks ended mixed Monday, fighting back from big losses, as investors weighed Moody's warning about the United States' AAA rating and a proposed bank regulation bill ahead of Tuesday's Federal Reserve meeting.
Stocks ended little changed Friday, as investors welcomed a report that showed a surprise rise in retail sales, but showed caution as the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 lingered below 18-month highs.
Stocks gained Thursday, erasing earlier losses to lift the Nasdaq and S&P 500 to 18-month highs as investors eyed the day's jobs and trade news and the direction of the U.S. dollar.
Stocks rose Wednesday, with the Nasdaq ending at its highest level in more than 18 months, on strength in the financial services sector and an upbeat report on wholesale inventories.
Stocks managed gains Tuesday at the end of a choppy session as investors mulled the latest corporate deal and profit news on the anniversary of the bear-market bottom.
Stocks ended little changed Monday, although the Nasdaq managed to close at an 18-month high, as investors weighed corporate deals, a stronger dollar and weaker commodity prices ahead of key economic news due later this week.
Stocks rallied Friday, with the Nasdaq ending at an 18-month high, after a government report showed employers cut fewer positions last month than had been expected, in the latest sign that the pace of job cuts is slowing.
Stocks ended with modest gains Tuesday, giving up a bigger advance, as investors weighed February auto sales, some upbeat company news and signs that Greece won't default on its debt.
Stocks jumped Monday, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 pushing back into positive territory for the year, as investors welcomed AIG's $35 billion asset sale and a pair of mergers in the pharmaceutical sector.
Stocks ended higher Friday, marking the fourth straight day of gains, but investors were cautious buyers at the end of a big week that included the Fed's decision to boost the emergency bank lending rate.
Stocks gained Wednesday as investors considered a better-than-expected housing report, a mixed forecast from the Federal Reserve and some upbeat company news.
Stocks surged Monday, starting off a new month with gains, as investors welcomed better-than-expected reports on personal income, manufacturing and Exxon Mobil's profit.
Stocks trimmed losses by the close Thursday, but remained deep in the red, with techs falling after cautious outlooks from Qualcomm and Motorola. Ongoing worries about the labor market also gave investors a reason to retreat.
Stocks slumped for a third straight session Friday, on worries that the White House's bank plan and China's lending curbs will mean a broader cutback in lending.
Stocks slipped Friday, one day after closing at multi-month highs, as investors welcomed better-than-expected profit reports from JPMorgan Chase and Intel, but opted to sell shares regardless.
A tech rally propelled the Nasdaq and helped the broader market erase losses Friday, as investors took in stride a surprisingly weak jobs report amid other recent signs that the economy appears to be stabilizing.
A rally in financial shares and signs of improvement in the retail sector gave the blue chips a boost Thursday, but the broader market dragged on jitters ahead of Friday's big government jobs report.
The Nasdaq slid and the broader market churned Wednesday as investors mulled weakness in tech and telecom along with signs of stabilization in the job market and services sector of the economy.
Stocks were set to open lower Wednesday, as cautious investors showed little reaction to reports on the nation's job picture.
Crude oil prices continued to push higher Tuesday for the second session in a row as stocks pared losses.
Wall Street surged Monday, starting off the new year on a positive note, after a report showed manufacturing activity is picking up and the weak dollar propelled commodity prices and stocks.
Stocks were poised to start the new year with gains Monday as investors await two economic reports and consider weekend comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Since cratering at 12-year lows in March, the S&P 500 has staged a powerful rebound as investors turned what could have been an abysmal 2009 into the second best year of the decade for stock returns.
Call the last 10 years whatever you want: the Naughty Aughties, the Awful Aughts or the Zilches are all appropriate. If you are an investor, you're probably thankful the decade is over and are longing for better times ahead in the Teens.
Stocks slipped Thursday afternoon in a thinly-traded session on the last day of 2009 as investors mulled a better-than-expected report on initial jobless claims at the end of a big year on Wall Street.
Stocks were poised to open the final trading session of 2009 with modest gains after a report on initial jobless claims came in better than expected, giving investors even more reason to celebrate a year of solid market advances.
Stocks ended a choppy session barely higher Wednesday, with the Dow and Nasdaq eking out fresh 2009 highs as investors mulled a stronger dollar and opted to play it cautious at the end of a tumultuous year.
Stocks are slated to slide at Wednesday's open, after the momentum of a six-session streak of gains came to an end.
Stocks churned Tuesday, ending a choppy session barely lower as the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq broke a six-session winning streak.
Stocks could extend a six-session, year-end winning streak Tuesday if early indications of a higher open carry through to the close.
U.S. stock markets are expected to open slightly higher Monday as they begin the final trading week of 2009 Monday, with all three of the major indexes at their peaks for the year.
Stocks ended a holiday-shortened session higher Thursday, with indexes climbing to new highs for the year after upbeat reports on the labor market and durable goods orders fueled optimism about the economic recovery.
Stocks rose for a third day Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 ending just below 14-month highs, after two economic reports continued to fuel optimism about the economy in a thin trading session.
Better-than-expected reports on retail sales and consumer sentiment lifted big blue chip stocks Friday, but gains were limited by weakness in technology and the strength of the U.S. dollar.
Stocks were poised to extend the previous session rally Friday, as investors were encouraged by a healthy reading from the retail sector and strong performances in overseas markets.
U.S. stocks headed for a lower start Tuesday as a shake-up in world markets made its way across the Atlantic, adding to investor uneasiness about the economy.
Stocks ended higher Friday, as investors redoubled their efforts after an afternoon selloff, following a better-than-expected November jobs report.
Stocks struggled Wednesday as investors sought more evidence that a recovery is taking hold, one day after the Dow industrials closed at its highest point in 14 months.
Stocks ended a volatile session with modest losses Tuesday, as the Fed's improved outlook and some signs of improvement in housing tempered a weaker revision on economic growth released in the morning.
Stocks were set for a higher open Monday, joining overseas markets, as the surge in commodity prices -- including another record for gold -- continued.
Stocks ended mixed Tuesday, giving up some gains, as the market faltered after a triple-digit rally in the previous session.
U.S. stocks were poised for a lower start Tuesday as the momentum that fueled the previous session's rally started to fade.
Stocks ended a volatile session higher Friday, on bets that the unemployment rate's spike to a 26-year high means the worst for the labor market has already happened.
Stocks rallied Thursday, with the Dow industrials topping 10,000, after the government reported a bigger-than-expected drop in jobless claims, and a number of retailers reported improved October sales.
Stocks tumbled Friday, more than erasing the previous session's gains, as investors dumped a variety of shares at the end of a rough week and choppy month on Wall Street.
U.S. stocks were poised to pull back at Friday's open as investors caught their breath after the previous session's rally and awaited the latest measures on the health of the consumer.
U.S. stocks looked set for a strong open Thursday, following a report that domestic product growth jumped higher than expected in the third quarter.