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Alcoa Closes Another Aluminum Smelter

SmokestacksTwo U.S. aluminum smelters, two more in Spain, and one in Italy have already been shut down by Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) as the aluminum fabricator and...

Rehab's Real Tab: The Money Side of Treating Addiction

Singers Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse both checked back into drug rehab in May. The rich and famous, of course, have the means to bounce in and out of pricey addiction-treatment centers, but what's the real cost of rehab for regular folks trying clean up their lives?

What If the Dow Tracked Only the 'Industrials'?

It's been a long time since the DJIA tracked just America's smokestack economy. But today's economic rebound is being led so far by traditional manufacturers. And if you plot those Dow components as a group, you'll see they're leading the larger pack by far.

Why Fourth-Quarter Earnings Are Likely to Look Great

Once again, profit reports are expected to be a tale of strong profit growth, thanks more to cost cuts than revenue gains. And perhaps even more telling, fourth-quarter 2010 earnings are competing with downright dismal reports for the year-earlier period.

Week in Preview: First Earnings Reports and Economic Readings

Alcoa, Intel and JPMorgan Chase will kick off a new earnings season this week when they report their results for the fourth quarter of 2010. Here's a quick look at what analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect to see, followed by a glance at what's coming up on the economic calendar.

Face-Off on Stocks: Alcoa, Caterpillar, United Technologies

China and other emerging markets will be a growth story for a long time to come creating opportunity for American companies and investors. Nikhil Hutheesing and Dan Burrows face-off in this video about which U.S. stocks stand to benefit the most.

Stocks Vault as Ireland Fears Wane and GM Debuts

On Thursday, stocks clawed back nearly of the week's prior losses. Lifing investors' spirits were an easing of concerns over Irish debt, GM's IPO and some surprisingly positive economic reports.

Dow Dives 178 Points on Fears China May Hike Rates

The Dow tumbled Tuesday 178 points, or 1.6%, to close at 11,024 as part of a global sell-off in stocks fueled by further speculation that China will hike interest rates to fight inflation and renewed worries over the wobbly finances of Ireland, Portugal and Greece.

Stocks Slump on China Rate Hike Fears

Stocks and commodities fell sharply Friday amid anxiety that China will hike interest rates to keep its economy from overheating. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 91 points. Gold and oil prices likewise plunged.

Dow Adds 146 Points on Solid Earnings and Outlooks

Stocks vaulted higher Tuesday after a strong start to the second-quarter earnings season, as industrial bellwethers Alcoa and CSX reassured the market about the pace of the economic recovery. The Dow added 147 points, and all three major averages extended their winning streaks.

Preview: A New Earnings Season Kicks Off

Second-quarter earnings reports start coming in this week when Alcoa releases its latest results on Monday. This week's other anticipated quarterly reports include those from industry bellwethers Intel, Google and JPMorgan Chase.

Alcoa Profit Disappoints

Aluminum giant Alcoa on Monday posted a narrower fourth-quarter net loss, helped by costs cuts and higher aluminum prices, but its earnings fell short of Wall Street's forecast. The question now is: Will the earnings miss trigger a wider sell-off on Tuesday?