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  • Yellen says Fed must focus on globalization Nov 13, 2014 3:10 PM
    The growing globalization of financial markets requires the Federal Reserve to understand how economic developments in other nations may affect the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday. Yellen said the Fed needs better insights into things such as global capital flows to achieve its domestic objectives of maximum employment and price stability.

  • Why Chinese stocks leave U.S. investors vulnerable Nov 13, 2014 3:04 PM
    Worries about the risks of Chinese stocks also emerged from a recent Associated Press investigation of Tianhe Chemicals Group Ltd. When that Chinese company went public in June, the U.S. investment banking powerhouse Morgan Stanley helped it raise $654 million from foreign investors. But Tianhe’s stock has lost 39 percent since allegations emerged that it had exaggerated the value of its business.

  • Stocks edge lower after 5 record highs Nov 12, 2014 4:43 PM
    Big banks weighed on the stock market Wednesday, tugging major indexes back from record highs. Regulators from the U.S., Switzerland and the U.K. fined five major banks a total of $3.4 billion for conspiring to manipulate foreign-currency trading.

  • Stocks eke out small gain to close at record Nov 11, 2014 4:30 PM
    The stock market eked out another all-time high on Tuesday, but the gains were slight as investors awaited more news to give them an indication about the strength of the economy.

  • What Japan’s stimulus jolt means for investors Nov 9, 2014 7:44 AM
    From hot to not and back again, Japanese stocks have been a confusing lot the last couple years. Japan’s stock market is flying after the Bank of Japan surprised the world last week by increasing its bond-buying stimulus program. The Nikkei 225 index jumped nearly 5 percent the day of the announcement, and it’s back in the black for the year. In the spring, it was down nearly 15 percent. That follows a stellar 2013, where the Nikkei soared nearly 60 percent.

  • Stocks that could benefit from a GOP-led Congress Nov 9, 2014 7:31 AM
    Lower taxes for medical device makers. Lighter regulations for coal. If the new Republican-led Congress manages to push through these policy changes it could lift stocks in the health and energy industries, market strategists say. To be sure, President Obama still has two years left in the White House and can use his veto power to stop legislation.

  • Dow, S&P 500 eke out gains, set record highs Nov 7, 2014 5:44 PM
    Despite some misses, the third-quarter earnings season has turned out better than predicted. Profits are on course to rise nearly 9 percent for companies in the S&P 500, according to S&P Capital IQ. Before results began to roll in, analysts had forecast a 6 percent increase.

  • Dow, S&P 500 step further into record territory Nov 6, 2014 5:07 PM
    Solid profits for big companies and optimistic economic news helped nudge the stock market to another record high Thursday.

  • Stocks gain as the price of crude oil rebounds Nov 5, 2014 4:37 PM
    Stocks returned to record levels on Wednesday as a rebound in oil prices boosted energy stocks. The stock market also gained after the completion of midterm elections that saw Republicans take control of the Senate. The direction of the stock market has been dictated by swings in the price of oil this week.

  • What does history suggest stocks will do next? Nov 5, 2014 6:12 AM
    History suggests you should be skeptical of any sentence that begins “history suggests.”Yet this is the big question looming above all of the perfectly reasonable suggestions that history is currently making, whether it regard variables that could affect the market such as the makeup of Congress or variables studied just for fun, like what happens to stocks after the Eagles start off 6-2 and need to switch quarterbacks halfway through the season.

  • U.S. stocks slip as oil slump hits energy companies Nov 4, 2014 5:06 PM
    The ongoing slump in oil prices weighed on stocks again Tuesday, pushing energy companies to another day of big losses. Disappointing earnings outlooks from a range of companies, including Priceline and Michael Kors, also dragged down the market.

  • U.S. stock indexes hold near records; Crude slides Nov 3, 2014 4:46 PM
    The stock market held close to record levels on Monday as a report showed that manufacturing remains on sound footing in the U.S. even as other parts of the global economy struggle. Falling oil prices weighed on energy stocks.

  • SEC system born in push for transparency blamed for unfairness Nov 2, 2014 8:10 AM
    Two decades ago, a system for sending U.S. corporate filings over the Internet was hailed as a victory for transparency. Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Edgar website is engulfed by concern over opacity. Researchers checking whether documents are distributed to investors fairly by the SEC found evidence that some paying subscribers got the information first.

  • Breathing cleaner air has cost as utility bills to surge in U.S. Nov 3, 2014 8:11 AM
    U.S. electricity markets face years of higher prices as clean-air regulations shut more coal-fired power plants than earlier forecast, cutting supply and forcing producers to rely more on natural gas. “We are really in for a wild ride for five to six years because of the amount of coal shutting down in such a short amount of time and the transformation toward more gas being used to generate electricity,” Philip Moeller, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, said in an Oct. 23 interview.

  • How well did the Fed's stimulus work? Nov 3, 2014 8:12 AM
    Over the past five years, as the Fed has pumped ever-more money into the financial system, critics have warned that it would lead to all kinds of disasters. Yet the central bank kept extending its bond-buying program, known by the wonky name of quantitative easing, or QE. It was an unprecedented effort aimed at lowering borrowing costs, encouraging spending and reviving a dormant economy before it could slip back into recession. Now, $4 trillion later, QE is drawing to a close, so the question is: Did it work?

  • Rally caps a wild month on Wall Street Oct 31, 2014 4:14 PM
    “I don’t think it’s a surprise that we came close to a correction. We’ve been expecting one for a while. I think the bigger surprise has been how we rip-roared all the way back up,” said Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management. “When you hit someone over their head with a hammer, you don’t expect them to get up immediately.”

  • Big gain for Visa drives Dow average higher Oct 30, 2014 4:40 PM
    Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was Visa, whose 10 percent jump helped tug the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 200 points.

  • Stocks slip after Fed statement; Dollar gains Oct 29, 2014 4:39 PM
    An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed confirmed that it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help.

  • Stocks rise as profits, confidence index climb Oct 28, 2014 4:34 PM
    Strong corporate earnings pushed up stocks across industries on Tuesday, with the energy sector and small companies leading the gains. Stocks rose from the opening of trading, then built on the momentum as investors sifted through mostly encouraging quarterly results. Whirlpool, AutoNation and engine-maker Cummins all jumped 7 percent after reporting their earnings.

  • S&P 500 ends with slight loss on oil, Europe woes Oct 27, 2014 4:38 PM
    Lower oil prices and more gloomy economic news from Europe tugged the U.S. stock market to a slight loss on Monday. Companies whose fortunes tend to follow global economic growth fared the worst, as shares of oil companies and material producers dropped 2 percent.

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