Stocks climbed back from the lows of the year on Thursday amid largely strong economic reports and after sharp drops in all the major indices on Wednesday. HP and Chevron led Dow gainers.
As the Tokyo Electric Power began throwing everything at the reactor problem, Japanese big cap stocks like Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PC) have been rising (Sony is down nearly 20 percent in the past week), as have big miners like BHP Billiton (BBL) and Rio Tinto (RIO), which are up 3 or 4 percent.
U.S. stock index futures gained after news that jobless claims dropped to 385,000 and consumer inflation was in line with expectations.
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US stock index futures pointed to sharp gains for Wall Street Thursday as the market clawed back from a steep selloff Wednesday when the S&P 500 erased all its year-to-date gains amid concerns over the impact of Japan’s nuclear crisis.
Stocks closed lower, although considerably off the lows of the day, as investors assessed how the massive quake in Japan was likely to affect stocks and the global economy. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.
Stocks pared losses in the final hour of trading Monday as investors remained shaken in the aftermath of Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.
Stocks slumped as investors assessed how the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan would affect U.S. companies and the global economy. GE sank, while Pfizer gained.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Monday as investors grew increasingly concerned over the economic impact of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan Friday.
Traders went home Friday thinking about Japan's tragic earthquake and tsunami, more possible unrest in the Middle East, and Europe's sovereign debt problems.
U.S. companies reported varying impact from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on Friday.
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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.
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Stocks closed lower Tuesday, retreating from multi-year highs, led by energy and materials stocks, as investors digested a mixed bag of economic news, including disappointing retail sales in December and a spike in import prices. Exxon fell, while Verizon rose.
Stocks retreated from multi-year highs on Tuesday, led by energy and materials stocks, as investors digested a mixed bag of economic news, including disappointing retail sales in December. Exxon fell, while Verizon rose.
Stocks continued to trade off multi-year highs after a slew of economic news, including a weak reading on December retail sales. Exxon and DuPont fell, while JPMorgan rose.
Stock index futures fell ahead of the open on Tuesday after the government reported retail sales results that were slightly lower than expected, and a surge in import prices.
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