Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.» Read More
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Stocks closed lower Tuesday, with the S&P 500 breaking an 8-day rally, following a mixed batch of economic and earnings reports and as investors hesitated to jump in ahead of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's congressional testimony.
Stocks logged gains across the board Tuesday, erasing most of their losses from the previous day's selloff, as a batch of better-than-expected economic reports trumped worries over a credit crunch in China.
U.S. stock index futures held their gains Tuesday, following a pair of better-than-expected economic reports and after comments from China's central bank eased recent worries about a credit crunch in the world's second-largest economy.
The recent spike in interest rates may not kill the housing recovery or housing stocks, but investors will want to be more selective, analysts say.
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.
Take a look at some of Tuesday's midday movers:
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.
With reassurances that the Fed will keep on easing, markets turn their attention to the European Central Bank Thursday, hoping for a rate cut.
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.