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  • Stock indexes hold near record ahead of holiday Nov 26, 2014 2:50 PM
    U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, keeping the major indexes near record levels, as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy.

     
  • Stocks dip as oil pushes energy sector lower Nov 25, 2014 5:59 PM
    A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday. Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to agree on production cuts at an upcoming meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

     
  • Stocks inch further into record territory Nov 24, 2014 4:17 PM
    The stock market stayed at record levels on Monday as investors remained confident that stimulus measures from the world’s central banks would help revive global economic growth. Stocks have surged since bottoming out in a slump that stretched from mid-September to mid-October.

     
  • Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory Nov 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    The latest records extended a comeback in the S&P 500, which has increased 11 percent since plunging in mid-October.Investors on Friday cheered news of an interest rate cut in China and the possibility that Europe’s central bank will step up stimulus efforts in the region.

     
  • Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs Nov 20, 2014 4:49 PM
    U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index back into record territory. It was the second record-high close for the Dow this week and the third for the S&P 500. The modest gains erased losses from the day before, pushing the three major stock indexes further ahead for the week.

     
  • Stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes Nov 19, 2014 4:40 PM
    U.S. financial markets pulled back slightly from their most recent record highs Wednesday, ending lower for the first time this week. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index mostly hovered slightly below the all-time high closes set a day earlier.

     
  • S&P 500 ekes out record; DreamWorks sinks Nov 17, 2014 4:45 PM
    Despite a day of mostly listless trading, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed to notch another all-time high. The index on Monday inched past its most recent record-high close set on Friday, extending its gain for the year to 10.4 percent.

     
  • Bond index funds are gaining converts Nov 16, 2014 7:31 AM
    More investors are hopping on the index-fund trend, and not just with stocks. More money is flowing into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that track bond indexes, lured by low expenses. It’s been a relatively slow migration, but investors got a big jolt in September with the sudden departure of famed bond guru Bill Gross from PIMCO.

     
  • Turkey production down, wholesale prices up Nov 15, 2014 1:38 PM
    October wholesale prices for live turkeys jumped 12 percent from 2013, from 72 cents per pound to 81 cents, NASS commodities statistician Michael Klamm said. And frozen turkey wholesale prices were expected to be between $1.12 and $1.16 per pound in the fourth quarter — up from $1.05 per pound at this time last year, the USDA said.

     
  • Stock gains extend into 4th week Nov 14, 2014 4:03 PM
    Among the highlights of the day, Virgin America, an airline backed by billionaire Richard Branson, soared 30 percent in its initial public offering.For the week, the S&P 500 and the Dow closed up about a third of percentage point, their fourth week of gains. The only better performance this year was a five-week run started in early August.

     
  • Stocks close higher as Dow Jones hits record Nov 13, 2014 4:12 PM
    Stocks wavered between small gains and losses on Thursday to close little changed as traders weighed generally strong earnings reports against the falling fortunes of energy companies. Indexes rose from the opening of trading following encouraging quarterly results from Wal-Mart Stores and the media giant Viacom, then flitted up and down most of the day.

     
  • 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.

     
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