Stocks ended higher on Tuesday as news that Bank of America would boost its dividend amid a stronger profit forecast than analysts expected lifted financials, and oil prices eased amid news OPEC is considering a boost in output. Bank of America and AmEx rose, while McDonald's fell.
Stocks added to strong gains as volatility in the oil markets eased amid news OPEC is considering a boost in output. Bank of America and AmEx rose, while McDonald's fell.
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Stocks edged slightly higher for the week amid wild daily swings, including on Friday, as the markets climbed back in the final minutes of the session to pare losses for the day nearly in half.
Stocks shrugged off a handful of robust economic reports to extended losses Friday as oil prices surged amid increased violence in Libya.
US stock index futures lost ground after initially rising on the news of strong job gains in February.
Stocks ended sharply higher after rallying throughout the session Thursday as an upbeat report on jobless claims and falling oil prices led investors to retrace losses from earlier in the week ahead of a key jobs report on Friday. Caterpillar and Bank of America gained.
Stocks lost ground in the final minutes of trading but still showed resilience after Tuesday's sharp sell-off to end with modest gains, even as oil prices climbed above $100 a barrel. Caterpillar and 3M gained, while JPMorgan fell.
Stocks lost ground just before the close but largely showed resilience after Tuesday's sharp sell-off and held modest gains ahead of the close, even as oil prices climbed above $100 a barrel. 3M and Caterpillar rose, while JPMorgan fell.
Stocks turned negative as oil prices climbed back above $100 a barrel on news of Libyan air strikes, and as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke before Congress for a second day. Boeing and McDonald's fell, while 3M rose.
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Stocks broke three consecutive sessions of losses to end higher amid light volume, led by financial and tech stocks, and as oil prices stabilized. Intel rose, while Microsoft fell.
Stocks broke three consecutive sessions of losses to climb higher, led by the technology and financial stocks, as oil prices stabilized at lower levels. Boeing fell, while Wal-Mart rose.
Stocks came off the highs of the session but still rose after a mixed batch of economic news, but as oil prices stabilized at lower levels. Intel gained, while Wal-Mart stumbled.
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Stocks opened higher Friday, even after the second estimate for Q4 GDP, at 2.8 percent, came in well below expectations of 3.3 percent; the prior estimate was 3.2 percent. The recovery is clearly going to be slower than hoped, and joblessness is going to remain higher longer.
The decision by the Pentagon to hand a $30 billion contract to Boeing to supply refueling planes to the US Air Force has raised eyebrows across Europe and the defense industry as the tender had originally gone to a consortium led by Europe's EADS.
U.S. stock index futures rose ahead of the open, although gains were pared somewhat after a lower-than-expected revision to the fourth-quarter Gross Domestic Product.