Stocks climbed in the last hour of trading as sectors that had been beaten up during the week regained ground, despite a devastating earthquake in Japan. 3M and Caterpillar rose, while Verizon fell.
Stocks turned higher after mixed economic news in the U.S. and China, and in the wake of a massive earthquake in Japan, which has sent Asian and European shares lower and rattled investor confidence already damaged by uncertainty in the Middle East. Alcoa and Exxon rose, while Verizon fell.
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Stocks traded mixed ahead in lackluster trading, although the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit new two-year highs on thin gains amid a lack of economic news. Alcoa and 3M rose, while American Express fell.
Stocks traded narrowly mixed amid thin trading and a lack of economic news as stocks struggled to move beyond recent highs. 3M and Alcoa rose, while AmEx fell.
Stocks slumped after opening higher as the dollar rose, but trading was light at the start of a holiday week. AmEx and Boeing sank, while BofA rose.
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Europe's sovereign debt woes will continue to tug at markets, as investors Tuesday also get a few new pieces of U.S. economic data and hear from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on the economy.
The dollar is finding friends, as it always does when the world looks a little shaky.
Stocks ended sharply lower Tuesday amid concerns the Irish debt crisis would spread to other euro zone countries and the effects of the crisis in Korea prompted investors to dump risky assets. Microsoft and JPMorgan fell, while HP rose.
The North Korean attack, and continued concerns over the spreading European debt crisis (specifically Spain, which has a GDP almost twice as large as Ireland, Portugal and Greece combined) are weighing on stocks today. Spain's stock market is down 2 percent.
Tuesday's economic headlines should show that the third quarter grew at a slightly better rate than reported, but the Fed's view of next year is likely to be worse than its previous forecast.
Traders expect a short and sweet Thanksgiving week, where investors will be reluctant to make new bets and markets could actually trade quietly.
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