Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Stimulus: How Smut Is Heating Up the Economy

When politicians talk about "job creators," they usually mean big industries and prominent industrialists. But the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon has shown that job creation -- and stimulus -- can come from some very odd quarters, and impact the economy in unusual places.

S&P Touches Highest Level Since 2008, Then Falls

The Standard & Poor's 500 index is closing lower after hitting a four-year high. The S&P 500 lost five points to close at 1,413. The index had climbed to 1,426 in morning trading, its highest since May 19, 2008.

Stocks Open Above 4-Year Closing Highs

Major stock indexes inched above four-year closing highs in early trading Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 50 points at 13,321 shortly after 11 a.m. EDT. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose six points to 1,424.