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On a week dominated by earnings, the economic stimulus plan and discussions over a government-run "bad bank," the major US markets were flat to negative on the week. The Dow and S&P 500 marked their worst January on record, each dropping over 8% for the month.
As of yesterday afternoon, roughly 18% of the S&P 500 companies have reported earnings. Here's a look at which companies have had the biggest surprises so far...
The Presidential inauguration just added fuel to Wall Street's fires of volatility during the week, but it was just part of the market picture. Through it all, CNBC guests had plenty of suggestions about places for stock-market investors to put their money, as Courtney Reagan explains in this edition of "The Week and You:"
Following a Historic-Presidential Inauguration, marked by heighten volatility in the markets, all major US indices finish the week in negative territory.
Stocks fell on Friday, pressured by weak corporate earnings and concerns about the outlook for the rest of the year.
Stocks ended a topsy-turvy week mixed as techs and banks rallied but about half of the Dow finished the day in negative territory.
U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday as worries about earnings continued to rattle the market.
"I have this gut feeling that if we retest (the low) we're going to go through it because the world economy is in shambles," says one stock market pro.
Europe is weaker after the U.K. reported its second straight quarterly decline in GDP (1.5 percent), the weakest quarter since 1980.
Some of the most conservative companies we know stumbled, and took the market with them.
PepsiCo calculated the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere for each half-gallon carton of orange juice, hoping to be able to promote supposedly low-carbon products to consumers anxious about rising global temperatures.
Housing starts and permits were well below expectations, but in the topsy-turvy world today many traders believe that the lower the starts and permits the better, since it means less inventory that needs to be worked off.
The pressure's on Obama to save the economy. His presidency will succeed, or fail, with the markets.
Stocks jumped on Wednesday, rebounding from a two-month low, after a surprisingly healthy earnings report from IBM fueled optimism...
Stocks clawed their way back from a midday rout as banks surged and investors relaxed after the Treasury Secretary nomination hearing ended.
Predictably, it was led by financials. The Bank Index rallied 12 percent after dropping 19.7 percent yesterday.
Stocks clawed their way back after paring earlier gains amid worries about the confirmation hearing of the Treasury Secretary nominee.
Stocks opened higher Wednesday as investors hope President Barack Obama's economic team will bring clarity to the markets.
While guidance from financials is generally downbeat again, there are a few outliers reporting good results outside of the banks.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street Wednesday as investors hope President Barack Obama's economic team will bring clarity to the markets.