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  • *Brent seesaws around $60; U.S. crude around $55. Brent seesawed on both sides of $60 and U.S. crude hovered around $55. "It's a Christmas flood of oil at a time when refiners and producers usually are letting inventories get lower for end-of-year tax reasons, but with this flood of supply there's no place to put it," said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in...

  • *Initial jobless claims fall for fourth straight week. *Equity markets close at 1 p.m. in holiday-shortened session. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stocks edged higher on Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 at records and on track for a sixth straight daily advance as biotech stocks rallied and data pointed to improving economic conditions.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stocks were set for a modestly higher open on Wednesday on the heels of a five-day winning streak that pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to new closing records and on the latest piece of economic data indicating the economy is strengthening. "Economic data has been consistently positive," said Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Clearpool Group in...

  • US stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:52 AM ET

    Investors welcomed Labor Department data showing that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks. The news came a day after the Commerce Department estimated that the economy grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years. "We're still giddy after yesterday's GDP," said Chris Gaffney, a senior...

  • Hertz and Green Mountain are big market movers Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Chesapeake Energy Corp., up $1.87 to $20.29. The energy company completed a $5 billion asset sale around Pennsylvania and West Virginia and announced a $1 billion share buyback.

  • *Dow, S&P rise for 5th day, both end at records. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow closing above 18,000 for the first time ever and the S&P 500 ending at a record after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth. The Dow rose as high as 18,069.22 and is up about 175 percent from a 12- year closing low hit on March 9, 2009.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose. 5 percent to $34.03 with 18,887,400 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose 1.2 percent to $17.93 with 92,003,500 shares traded.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. fell 23.6 percent to $11.84 with 28,871,400 shares traded. Apple Inc. fell. 4 percent to $112.54 with 24,723,500 shares traded. Celgene Corp. fell 6.5 percent to $106.12 with 17,637,300 shares traded.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. stocks rose for a fifth straight session on Tuesday, with the Dow climbing above 18,000 for the first time ever after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth. Both the Dow and S&P 500 hit intraday records, and the S&P is on track for its 51st record close of 2014. The gains pushed the Dow as high as 18,051.14, and the blue-chip index is now up...

  • Stock swings may signal bull run is in its last throes Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 23- Stocks are showing the kind of volatility that preceded major falls in the past, suggesting to some that one of the most blistering U.S. rallies on record may be nearing its end. The market is undergoing big swings under the influence of plunging oil prices and resulting turmoil in Russia, as well as the Federal Reserve's only gradual shift away from...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. stocks advanced on Tuesday, as the Dow climbed above the 18,000 mark for the first time in history and the S&P 500 set a new intraday record after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth. The gains pushed the Dow as high as 18,051.14, and the index is now up about 175 percent from a 12- year low hit on March 9, 2009. "What was most interesting...

  • Walgreen profit rises 16% on record prescriptions Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 9:23 AM ET
    A Walgreens store is shown in Homestead, Fla.

    U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by a record number of prescriptions filled.

  • *Q3 GDP revised up to 5 percent annual pace. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Tuesday, putting the Dow and S&P 500 on track to extend a four-day rally after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth. "That is a solid number, that is really what you want to see, you want to see it in demand," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO...

  • Walgreen profit rises 16 pct on record prescriptions Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    Dec 23- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by a record number of prescriptions filled. Net income attributable to the company rose to $809 million, or 85 cents per share, in the first quarter ended Nov. 30, from $695 million, or 72 cents per share, a year earlier. Walgreen's shares were up 2 percent at $76 in...

  • Ocwen and Gilead are big market movers Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Ocwen Financial Corp., down $5.89 to $16.01. Nabors Industries Ltd., down 53 cents to $13.10.

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. *Dow boosted by gains at Intel, IBM; Dow, S&P end at record. Intel Corp rose 2.3 percent to $37.21, providing the biggest boost to the Dow, while IBM rose 1.8 percent to $161.44 and Cisco Systems rose 1.6 percent to $28.22.

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. *Dow boosted by gains at Intel, IBM; S&P ends at record. Intel Corp rose 2.3 percent to $37.21, providing the biggest boost to the Dow, while IBM rose 1.8 percent to $161.44 and Cisco Systems rose 1.6 percent to $28.22.

  • Stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    Stocks are back at record highs as the market posts its fourth gain in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 154 points, or 0.9 percent, to 17,959 Monday, narrowly beating the record high it set two weeks ago by about half a point. Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.26 to close at $55.26 a barrel in New York.

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts picks AbbVie treatment. *Dow boosted by gains at Intel, IBM. The S&P energy index fell 1.2 percent as the day's weakest sector; Chevron Corp lost 1 percent to $111.76 while Halliburton Co was off 2.2 percent at $39.61.

  • *Will sell $35 bln 5- yr notes, $13 bln 2- yr floaters Tuesday. NEW YORK, Dec 22- U.S. bond yields stayed at slightly higher levels on Monday after the Treasury sold $27 billion in new two-year notes, the first part of a sale of $104 billion in supply this week. "They tend to require more of a concession to take down," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT...