Stocks shaved their gains but still ended in positive territory across the board Tuesday following a long holiday weekend, buoyed by supportive comments from central banks around the world and a pair of upbeat economic data.» Read More
The "Fast Money" traders share their final trades of the day.
The Fed is expected to repeat its dovish message in the coming week, which could provide a safety net for the market amid a big wave of earnings and the April jobs report.
It’s time for the Lightning Round. Cramer makes the call on viewer favorites.
Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:
CNBC real estate reporter Diana Olick with what to expect in the housing sector this spring.
Stocks ended near their best levels Tuesday, with the Dow posting a new high and S&P 500 finishing less than 2 points from its closing peak, lifted by a handful of encouraging economic reports that pointed to an improving economy and as investors seemed to temporarily overlook worries in the euro zone.
Stocks closed in the red Monday, with the S&P 500 moving further away from its all-time high, amid worries over the bailout news in Cyprus and over fears the euro zone's bigger troubled economies such as Spain and Italy may follow suit.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Wednesday:
CNBC's Diana Olick looks at today's mortgage application numbers. A drop in the rate of the 30-year fixed sent mortgage apps higher, she reports.
Ed Walter, CEO of Host Hotels and Resorts, offers his take on the lodging industry right now. In the second half of last year, he says, his company outperformed the industry.
Despite an improving housing market and firming prices, it's going to be difficult to achieve what is already priced into the stocks, which skyrocketed last year, an analyst told CNBC.
High-end home builder Toll Brothers reports fiscal Q1 earnings on Wednesday. CNBC's Diana Olick reports on analysts' expectations.
After improving in 2011, foreclosures ramped up again in 2012, and will likely continue to rise as banks clear out backlogs of distressed loans. More than half of the top 200 U.S. housing markets saw foreclosure numbers rise, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.
If there is any bright side to the report, it's that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to make noises about ending its stimulus program any time soon.
Women are getting married later, having kids later and out of wedlock, all prompting them to seek the convenience of large, full-service rental apartment buildings, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.
Is top-line improving? Last quarter, almost every company came in flat or below analysts' expectations on revenues. Today, I am looking at just 15 companies reporting below estimates. That is an important change in trend.
Stocks closed higher Tuesday, with major averages hitting a two-month high, as investors were encouraged that a deal would soon be made in Washington to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
The nation's home builders continue to feel much better about their industry.