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.
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.
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.