Stocks eased off their best levels but still kicked off the first day of the third quarter with a modest rally, boosted by a pair of better-than-expected economic reports.
Stocks closed near their highs Thursday, rallying for a third-straight session, lifted by a string of upbeat economic reports and following several speeches from Federal Reserve policymakers suggesting the central bank has time before it starts reducing its bond-buying.
Stocks held their gains Wednesday, extending their rally from the previous session, after the weaker-than-expected final read on first-quarter gross domestic product diminished worries that the Fed would rein in its stimulus measures in the immediate future.
Stocks closed in the red but well off their session lows Monday, as Treasury prices rose in choppy trading following comments from some Fed policymakers that downplayed worries over the end to the central bank's bond-buying program.
U.S. stock index futures were higher Friday, as global shares bounced back after two-straight days of heavy market selloff.
U.S. stock index futures were sharply lower Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted the central bank may scale back its asset purchases later this year and following a weaker-than-expected jobless claims report.
Stocks rallied to finish near session highs Tuesday, with the Dow soaring nearly 150 points, as members of the Federal Reserve kicked off their two-day meeting to discuss the future of the central bank's bond-buying program.
Stocks finished sharply lower in volatile trading Tuesday after briefly wiping out most of their losses, with all key S&P sectors closing in the red, as the Bank of Japan's latest monetary policy decision disappointed investors.
Stocks closed out a volatile session on Wall Street in positive territory Thursday after a brief drop that pushed the S&P below 1600, amid caution ahead of the government's monthly jobs report and as the U.S. dollar tumbled against the Japanese yen.
Bulls cheered as stocks defied the "sell in May and go away" pattern, and traders say investors may not have to worry about a "June swoon" either.
Stocks regained their footing in choppy trading Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 closing at a fresh high, but a sharp decline in Apple kept a lid on the Nasdaq's gains.
Stocks closed out the week with a bang, with the S&P 500 finishing above 1,600 and the Dow briefly topping 15,000 for the first time, as Wall Street cheered a better-than-expected April nonfarm payrolls report.
The U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index closed off its session highs on Wednesday, after worse-than-expected employment data was released in the U.S. Trade was thin, with most European bourses shut for the May Day public holiday.
Stocks finished narrowly mixed in lackluster trading Friday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq snapping their five-day winning streak, after a pair of weaker-than-expected economic reports discouraged buying.
A technical glitch shut down the CBOE for over three hours, preventing investors from trading two key products used by institutions to hedge the broader market and volatility.
Stocks finished near session highs Tuesday, recovering losses from their biggest one-day drop this year, boosted by a batch of upbeat earnings results and some better-than-expected economic reports.
The Dow eked out a gain for the eighth-consecutive session to post another closing high at 14,450.06 Tuesday. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 snapped a seven-day winning streak, dragged by financials and techs, logging its first drop in the month of March.
Stocks finished higher Tuesday, wiping out most of the previous session's losses, boosted by a batch of encouraging earnings reports and positive economic data from Europe.
Even as Apple crashes and burns, the market is protected by a firewall of factors that could help stocks break through to new highs.
Stocks closed higher for a third-straight session Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 adding to their recent multi-year gains, ahead of a busy week of corporate earnings and amid hope for a deal on the debt ceiling.