Weekly jobless claims will again be a big event for Thursday's markets, and economists think the number will not really show any improvement.
Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Wednesday.
With the U.S. economic recovery proceeding so slowly, the big stories once again this earnings reporting season are whether companies are growing revenue, as opposed to boosting profits through cost-cutting, and whether end-market demand is increasing.
Watch the final week of July very closely, as it could to determine the direction of the market for remainder of the summer and into the fall. And here's where you should look.
Following are moves you might have missed. Find out why shares of Adtran and Northrop Grumman popped while Sherwin-Williams and Lexmark dropped.
Northrop Grumman says it will close down a Louisiana shipyard and may shed its entire division that makes warships for the Navy.
Stocks fell on Tuesday after reports that jobless claims jumped last week and the Philly Fed gauge of manufacturing activity tumbled. Christian Thwaites, president and CEO of Sentinel Asset Management, and Paul Schatz, president of Heritage Capital, shared their views.
Successful bond sales in Spain and Hungary have helped stabilize Europe (though Spain paid a substantially higher yield of 4.864 percent for the 10-year paper, well above the 4.045 percent previously), but S&P futures lost about 4 points when the weekly jobless claims report came in a bit higher than anticipated.
Cramer's analysis on 10 stocks in different sectors.
Stocks opened higher Tuesday after some encouraging earnings reports. How should investors be positioned going forward? Ted Parrish, co-portfolio manager at Henssler Equity Fund, and Patrick Becker, principal of Becker Capital Management, discussed their insights.
Stocks ended higher after the Fed left interest rates unchanged and kept the "extended period" language in its statement. Financials were the day's best performers, with JPMorgan and Bank of America leading the Dow.
Stocks advanced Wednesday, with banks rebounding after a sharp selloff in the previous session after both Greece and Portugal had their debt ratings downgraded. Bank of America and JPMorgan were among the early leaders on the Dow. Dell skidded.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open Wednesday in the wake of a sharp selloff in the previous session caused by another Greek debt downgrade, but comments from the Federal Reserve could change momentum later.
What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Wednesday, April 28.
The Dow rose on Tuesday, continuing a winning streak in the last nine out of 10 trading days. How should investors be positioned and where are the best sectors to invest? Bob Doll, vice chairman and chief equity strategist at BlackRock shared his insights.
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The Dow fell below 10,000 for the first time since last November amid worries about the US job market and Europe's ability to get a grip on its debt. The blue-chip index is now down over 4 percent for the year.
With all the changes taking place in Washington, investors shouldn't just focus on the micro—they have to focus on the macro as well, said Kevin Rendino, portfolio manager at BlackRock. He shared his best plays.
Futures fell sharply Thursday after a surprise jump in jobless claims, a disappointing signal on the employment front ahead of Friday's jobs report.
What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Feb. 4.