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Stocks Close Lower for Fifth Day Straight

The Dow Jones industrial average closed lower for the fifth straight day as worries about sluggish economic growth weighed on markets. The Dow ended the day down 49 points at 12,605, after minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concerns about the U.S. economy.

US Stocks Mixed as European Debt Crisis Festers

Crisis-weary investors scoffed Monday at what had appeared to be a hopeful turn in the European debt crisis: a victory for pro-Europe parties in a Greek election. U.S. stocks were little changed, and borrowing costs for Spain surged to alarming levels.

Sell in May and Go Away: Stocks Close Dismal Month

With a disappointing finish on Thursday, the stock market closed what was by some measures its worst month in two years. Over five dismal weeks, Facebook fizzled, a debt crisis in Europe loomed, and nobody was in the mood to buy.

Dow 13,000: What It Means to You

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 13,005, the first time it had crossed the 13,000 line since its plummet as the nation sank into financial crisis. But what is the Dow, anyway? And what are these "points" it's measured in? Allow us to explain...

Dow Closes Above 13,000, First Time Since Crisis

The Dow Jones industrial average on Tuesday reclaimed the last of the ground it held before the carnage of the Great Recession %u2014 bailouts, bank failures, layoffs by the million and a stock market plunge that cut retirement savings in half. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 19, 2008, almost four months before the fall of the Lehman Brothers investment bank triggered the worst of the financial crisis.

Dow Breaks 13,000 for First Time Since '08 Crisis

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 13,000 on Tuesday for the first time since May 2008, when the Lehman Brothers investment bank was solvent, unemployment a healthy 5.4 percent and the worst of the Great Recession months ahead. The milestone came about two hours into the trading day. The stock market got the final push from strong corporate earnings reports and a Greek bailout deal intended to prevent the next financial crisis.

Wall Street Plays a Risky Game, Again

Taking note of the Dow's progress, The Wall Street Journal recently called its performance "eerie ... calm ... too quiet." Indeed, if things keep going at the rate they have been going so far, we're on track for the stock markets to gain more than 50% this year. Dow 18,000, anyone?

U.S. Unemployment, Europe's Bailout Let the Market Breathe

The stock market came to life this week, as investors bet that the economy wouldn't be as bad as had been priced in. The ISM Index, a gauge of manufacturing activity, rose more than expected, construction spending grew, and Europe started to get its act together on a massive bailout fund. But as usual, it all starts with unemployment.

Will U.S. Downgrade Bring On a Bear Market?

Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. debt rating for the first time on Friday. Coming on top of concerns of a second recession, the move has investors worried that we're headed into a bear market for stocks. Here's what a bear market would mean.