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.

Dow Ends Strong Week
With Wee Gains

Stocks closed ever-so-slightly higher Friday as traders weighed some better-than-expected earnings news and inflation data against slumping consumer sentiment.

Stock Market Keeps September Rally Going

Stocks closed higher Friday for the seventh time in the last eight sessions, helped by a stronger-than-expected reading on wholesale inventories and sales. Volume was especially light at the end of the holiday shortened trading week but September's mini-rally continued nonetheless.

It's Too Early for Investors to Start Celebrating

After suffering its worst August in nearly a decade, the blue-chip Dow found a welcome way to put summer behind it. But don't be disappointed if last week's market euphoria fails to carry over the long holiday weekend into this week's trading and beyond.

Dismal Trading Week Seen Ahead of Labor Day

A slew of economic reports due out this week could push already battered stocks even lower. What's worse, the week leading up to Labor Day is historically unkind to the markets.

What Will Break the Market's Malaise?

If it feels like stocks haven't gone anywhere in months, well, that's because they haven't. Traders at the New York Stock Exchange say there's good reason for the later summer doldrums.

Stocks Post Second Straight Week of Losses

Stocks closed mixed Friday on vapor-light volume amid anxiety over the pace of the economic recovery. The Dow fell 58 points to close at 10,213, while the broader S&P 500 slipped four points to 1,072.

Growth and Deflation Fears Drop Stocks 3.3% This Week

The bear came back with a roar this week. Just a week earlier, better-than-expected corporate earnings sent stocks soaring. But this week, renewed worries from the Fed about the U.S. economic recovery led the forces pushing stocks down about 375 points over a three-day period.

Why a Late-Year Market Rally Could Be in the Cards

Despite the big gains earlier this week, the market has been range-bound for months, with the S&P 500 turning positive for 2010 only on Tuesday. What can shake the mark tout its torpor? If history is any guide, the coming mid-term elections may be just what the doctor ordered.

The Sign Wall Street Really Wants to See

The third peak week of earnings season is here. But if stocks have any hope of breaking out of their range-bound rut, the market will need proof of a consistent drop in weekly jobless claims, says Kenny Polcari, managing director at interdealer broker ICAP Corporates.

Dow, S&P 500 Post Best Monthly Gains in a Year

Some robust blue-chip earnings and an improvement in consumer sentiment helped stocks shrug off a disappointing reading on economic growth to end mixed Friday -- but the market still enjoyed its biggest monthly gain in a year.

Can This Earnings Season Keep Up Its Winning Streak?

The first peak week of second-quarter earnings season was just what the market ordered, thanks to some beat-and-raise reports from Dow blue chips. This week has more such big-name results on tap. And again, investors will be looking closely for top-line revenue growth.

Dow's Triple-Digit Gain Makes Blue Chips Even in 2010

News that most European banks appear adequately capitalized to weather further credit strains gave the market a late-day lift Friday, allowing it to finish the week with solid gains. The Dow and Nasdaq are now at breakeven for 2010, while the S&P 500 is off 1%.

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.

Dow Reclaims 10,000, Powered by Financial Stocks

The major averages rallied sharply Wednesday with the blue-chip Dow closing up 274 points, fueled by a rosier earnings forecast from money manager State Street Corp. and anticipation of strong monthly retail sales reports on Thursday.

Stocks Close Higher, but Growth Worries Remain

Stocks took an uncomfortably circuitous route to posting broad-based gains Tuesday, as a better-than-expected outlook on global recovery from the Australian central bank was tested by a bleaker assessment of the U.S. economy from the bond market.

Stocks Drop to 2010 Low as Consumer Confidence Dives

A surprise plunge in a key reading of consumer confidence sent U.S. stocks to their lowest close of 2010, with the blue-chip Dow down below the 10,000 level. Again. Coming after bad news in Asia and Europe, U.S. equities never had a chance.

Dow Jumps 273 Points on Global Growth Prospects

The Dow jumped more than 270 points to close solidly above 10,000 Thursday as encouraging economic data out of China and a soothing growth forecast from the European Central Bank once again whetted traders' appetite for risk. The dollar, Treasurys and gold fell, while oil prices topped $75 a barrel for the first time in nearly a month.

Street Wire: Stocks Swing to Loss in Last Hour of Trading

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) swung to a loss in the last hour of Wednesday's session after being up as much as 125 points earlier in the day. The S&P 500 ($INX) and Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) also swung from green to red as the dollar gained late-day strength against the euro.

The Dicey Calculus of Where Stocks Go From Here

Buyers filled the breach Friday, lifting stocks to end a dismal week. Regarding the impact of Europe's mega-bailout plan, it's worth noting that similar jitters hurt stocks in the immediate period after TARP before they rebounded. But conditions in the U.S. are raising concerns also.

More Stomach-Churning Market Action Is Ahead

Seasick investors might want to stock up on Dramamine this week: A deluge of key earnings and economic reports promises more gut-wrenching volatility. But the biggest market-moving waves will keep coming from overseas, as Europe's financial crisis washes over the greenback.