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.

A Great Stock Market? Yes, If You're a Trader

For the average investor, the market%u2019s jarring movements this week left many on the sidelines, remembering the market fallout in 2008. But for traders, the market%u2019s wild swings were welcome news.

Can Earnings
Keep Up the Momentum?

The Dow heads into the peak of earnings season with an eight-week winning streak on the line, something the blue-chip index hasn't done since 2004. It'll be strenuously tested in the coming days -- unless the current slew of better-than-expected earnings and outlooks continue.

Stocks in the News: Boeing, FedEx, Palm

Somaxon shares gained the most out of all U.S. stocks today, while Boeing shares lifted the Dow and new CEO drove up Barnes and Noble shares. Meanwhile, rumors of a Google, Intel and Sony partnership also moved those stocks.

Markets Hit 18-Month High on Positive Inflation Outlook

The markets continued to rack up gains with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all closing Wednesday at 18-month highs, boosted by signs that the Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels for some time, indicating that the Fed isn't worried about inflation.

The Dow's Jump Doesn't Mean All's Well in Europe

The Dow surged Tuesday on reports the European Union was hatching a plan to end the Greek debt crisis, but just because the blue-chip index sits above 10,000 again doesn't mean the latest threat to equities is over. Investors should brace themselves for more tremors to come.

Dollar Rallies, Stocks Strain. Flight to Safety Back On?

As the Dow nears 10,000, the remarkable thing is that U.S. equity markets are holding up as well as they are. The jobs data may be grabbing the headlines, but the real news is the euro has caught swine flu. That's what's got the dollar rising -- and stocks tanking.