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Stocks End Week With Sixth Straight Day of Gains

A burst of hiring in February pushed stocks higher on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 67.58 points, or 0.5 percent, to 14,397.07, surpassing its previous record close Tuesday and logged a sixth straight increase Friday.

Dow Closes at New All-Time High of 14,253, Beating 2007 Record

The Dow is closing at a record, beating the previous high it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and the Great Recession. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 126 points, or 1 percent, to 14,253 Tuesday, beating its previous record by 89 points.

A Word From Bernanke Turns Stocks Around

Stocks opened lower Friday but reversed course after a letter surfaced from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, suggesting there was room for the central bank to do more to help the economy.

The Least Loved Day is Also the Market's Worst

Monday is the only day the stock market is more likely to fall than to rise. The Dow Jones industrial average has been down 10 of the past 11 Mondays. And the two worst days in market history are both known as Black Monday.

Wall Street Cheers European Bank Pledge

Promises from French and German leaders to strengthen European banks gave investors something to smile about this Columbus Day. The Dow soared 330 points or 3%. The S&P and Nasdaq also rose sharply.

The Biggest Losers: 10 Stocks That Got Crushed

It's been heck of a ride on Wall Street: the ups, the downs, a 500-plus point selloff. But some stocks suffered far more than others this week. Here's a look at 10 of the biggest decliners.

How to Survive the Stock Market's Wild Ride

The stock-market roller coaster of the last couple of weeks -- culminating with Thursday's 500-point plunge on the Dow -- has been enough to make even the most stoic investors sweat. Experts offer opinions on how you can turn uncertainty into opportunity.

Soaring Oil Sends Stocks Sliding and Gold to a Record

The first trading day of the month is usually good to equities, but after a two-day respite, stocks went back back to suffering broad-based declines. The sharp rise in oil prices overshadowed some encouraging corporate and economic news.

Dow 12,000: Still Well Short of Record High

When the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a 30-month high of 12,000 recently, the milestone was greeted with euphoria. But the fact that it's still well short of its 2007 all-time record seems to be missed.

Dow Rallies on Tech Stocks. Next Stop 12,000?

Stocks closed sharply higher Monday with the Dow Jones posting a triple-digit gain as technology stocks rallied after Intel raised its dividend and expanded its share repurchase program by $10 billion. The index last saw 12,000 in June 2008 -- on the way down.

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.

Bank Stocks Lead Market to a Seventh Winning Week

Stocks wrapped up the week on a positive note despite economic reports that fell short of expectations. But Cort Gwon of FBN Securities says there was lots to cheer about as fears over the debt crisis lessened in Europe and U.S. companies announced stellar earnings.

U.S. Stocks Get a Lift From Portugal and the Dollar

Stocks closed broadly higher Wednesday after Portugal's government had no trouble in tapping global debt markets, helping ease European debt fears. The euro gained at the dollar's expense, which lifted a broad basket of commodities as well as U.S. equities.

Looking for Another Year on Wall Street Like Last Year

After putting up solid double-digit gains this year, the case for the stock market in 2011 is more of the same. And when the Fed finally raises short-term rates, on pro says, the smart traders will be those who jump on the opportunity to do some serious bargain-hunting.

Some Good Signs From 2010 for Stocks in 2011

Stocks are closing out 2010 with a bang -- posting double-digit gains. Veteran NYSE trader Teddy Weisberg says that those gains should come as no surprise and says there are three important lessons from the market's behavior that will help guide investors in 2011.

It Could Be a Happy New Year for Stocks

Improving economic conditions at home and abroad, strong corporate profits and the Fed's easy-money policies have some money managers bullish on equities going into 2011. Plus, companies are staring to deploy their cash hoards on M&A, dividends and share-buybacks.

Stocks Close Higher for the Week, Once Again

The last full trading week of 2010 has closed and stocks were modestly mixed trading on light volume. While pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck put a damper on the Dow, robust earnings from Oracle and Research In Motion helped lift tech stocks.

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.

Retail Investors Are Finally Warming Up to Stocks

Solid quarterly earnings and anticipation of more stimulus from the Fed have helped lift the Dow by 400 points over the past two weeks. However, another boost is coming from individuals who've begun moving money from bonds to equities.

Stocks Close Mixed on Earnings and G-20 Anxiety

Stocks closed mixed Friday's as another round of solid third-quarter earnings reports was checked by rising anxiety about the path of the dollar ahead of this weekend's meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers.

Dow Closes Above 11,000 for the First Time Since May

Stocks rose Friday and the Dow crossed the 11,000 level for the first time since before the Flash Crash of early May. September's dismal jobs reports raised traders expectations for another round of monetary easing from the Federal Reserve next month.

Alcoa Earnings Drop Sharply on Weaker Dollar

The aluminum giant matched Wall Street's profit expectations and exceeded the revenue estimates. Company execs say the see demand picking up as the year progresses. Alcoa shares jumped in after-hours trading.

Stocks Open Fourth Quarter With More Gains

Stocks kicked off the final quarter of the year with moderate gains Friday as more encouraging data on consumer spending, consumer sentiment and auto sales were partly offset by a slowdown in manufacturing activity.

The Dow Notches Its Best September in 71 Years

Despite the last day's profit-taking slippage, it was a September to remember for stocks, especially after their gruesome performance in August. It's all the more noteworthy because September is hardly a highlight month historically.

The Rally's Biggest Test Comes This Week

Whether this rally can last or is merely the latest upswing in a months-long pattern of sideways trading depends on the economic news, particularly about unemployment. Consumer confidence, personal consumption and GDP are three other big items on this week's calendar.