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The Dow Jumps as Oil Dips and Banks Rally

After a rough opening session on Monday, stocks rallied sharply on Tuesday. The Dow enjoyed a triple-digit gain after oil prices eased and bank shares bounced higher on the possibility of further dividend payouts and share buybacks.

Stocks Fall as Oil Prices Rise and Tech Weighs

Increasing violence in Libya caused oil prices to rise and stocks to fall 80 points to close at 12,090 on Monday. It didn't help that a Wells Fargo analyst also downgraded the semiconductor industry, sending shares of Intel down by 1.6%.

All Eyes Remain on Oil Prices and Mideast Instability

Last week, oil's ascent trumped a raft of healthy U.S. economic reports. With a relatively light slate of economic data scheduled this week, oil prices and political instability could play an even larger role in the trading sessions ahead.

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.

This Week's Market:
'Time to Be a Little Careful'

The market suffered its biggest swoon since August last week as chaos swept Libya and oil prices hit multiyear highs. With the geopolitical landscape uncertain for the foreseeable future, don't be surprised if stocks come under further selling pressure in the days ahead.

Stocks Snap Losing Streak as Oil Prices Stabilize

It was a rough (even if short) week on Wall Street. But at least it ended on an up-note after losing more than 300 points in the previous three days. Stabilizing oil prices and bargain-hunting helped stem the slide.

Stocks Keep Rolling for Another Weekly Gain

Stocks closed broadly if modestly higher Friday on light volume as traders avoided making any big bets ahead of a long holiday weekend. The equity markets closed up for the third straight day and extended their winning ways to a third consecutive week.

Stocks Finish Week With More Gains After Jobs Data

Wicked winter weather played havoc with the government's employment situation resulting in an inconclusive jobs report on Friday. Still, stocks ended the week higher. But how much longer can stocks continue to gain?

Stocks Tumble on Egypt Crisis, GDP and Earnings

Stocks fell sharply Friday as investors fled to safety amid disappointing economic data, mixed corporate earnings reports and escalating violence in Egypt. A soft start for equities only got worse as the day progressed.

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.

The Dow Snaps Its
Two-Day Losing Streak

Stocks closed mixed Friday as better-than-expected earnings from General Electric helped the Dow and S&P 500 snap two-day losing streaks, but the Nasdaq closed lower after disappointing results from Advanced Micro Devices.

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.

Another Earnings Season, Another Subdued Market?

The S&P 500 gained about 13% last year, but it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. But it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. The broader market was actually unchanged or lower for all four of 2010's earnings seasons.

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.

Best and Worst Global Stock Markets of 2010

The big national stock market winners of 2010 scored returns far above those of U.S. markets by piggybacking on China's ferocious growth. But rebounding American equities look mighty impressive next to the year's real losers: the victims of the eurozone debt crisis.

Stocks Climb Back to Their Pre-Lehman Disaster Level

Stocks closed broadly higher Tuesday, helped by more deal activity in the financial sector and upbeat earnings from the tech sector. After more than two years, the market has regained all its losses following the implosion of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

New Year Hurdles: Top 10 Challenges for CEOs in 2011

With the recession over -- in a sense, anyway -- some CEOs are just happy to still be standing. After three years of turmoil, there's even cautious optimism about the year ahead. But for those whose job is to steer a company to profits and growth, there are plenty of worries ahead. Here's our list of top CEO challenges for 2011.

Why the Ugly Jobs Report Was Good for Stocks [VIDEO]

The stock market's powerful two-day rally nearly fizzled out Friday after the unemployment rate unexpectedly jumped to 9.8%. But traders managed to find a silver lining even in that grim news, and stocks found a way to sneak out a gain.

Stocks Edge Higher to Eke Out Weekly Gains

Stocks closed slightly higher Friday after fluctuating most of the session as some better-than-expected quarterly earnings helped offset anxiety over China's move overnight to curb inflation. Ireland made progress on a possible aid package with the European Union, but like the equity markets, the dollar, gold and oil were little changed by day's end.

Street Smart: Do You Know What Deflation Is?

Nobody likes paying more for goods and services. But deflation has instant emotional appeal: Who doesn't like a bargain? But deflation is a far more serious economic problem -- and, as we found, most folks don't really know why. Do you? If not, no worries: Economist Gary Shilling will explain the reasoning. [Video]

ING Forecasts Market Growth of 8% to 12% in 2011

ING Investment Management forecasts that stock markets will rise between 8% and 12% in 2011, thanks to a low-inflation, low-interest environment supported by the Fed, despite weak GDP growth. And for those looking for to increase their investment yields, they have a few suggestions.

Stocks Gain Nearly 4% on
the Week

Stocks closed slightly higher Friday despite the best jobs report in months, as a six-session rally that has taken the market to a two-year high was due for a breather. The Dow finished up nine points, while the S&P was up five.

This Week's Elections Could Spark a Rally

The midterm elections and the third year of president's term in office have historically led to a stock market rally. Could that be the case this year and in 2011?

Stocks Close Mixed on Earnings and Economy

Stocks closed mixed Friday as Google's strong quarterly earnings lifted technology stocks but mounting concern over the foreclosure crisis and a revenue miss from General Electric weighed on financials and the broader market.

This Week's Reports Could Keep the Rally in Check

Tuesday alone brings new reports on housing starts and permits and the latest policy statement from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Investors will also be contending with new- and existing-home sales, durable goods, leading indicators and weekly jobless claims this week.

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.

Stocks Shrug Off Data to Close With Gains

A see-saw session for stocks left the major averages with modest gains Wednesday despite another round of lackluster economic data out of the housing market and industrial sector.

Why the Markets Won't Be Going Anywhere Fast

The months-long pattern of sleepy, range-bound trading is likely here to stay -- at least until the midterm elections, says Jason Weisberg, a trader and senior vice president with Seaport Securities Corp.