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U.S. Stock Markets Closed on Presidents Day

The global economy is a perpetual motion machine, but U.S. stock markets do take breaks: In addition to the weekends, there are nine holidays on which the stock exchange is shuttered. Here's the list for 2013, as well as the surprising history of Presidents Day.

NYSE Paying $5 Million Fine to Settle Charges on Data

The New York Stock Exchange is paying $5 million to settle federal civil charges that it gave some customers an unfair head start by providing them with trading data ahead of the wider public. It marked the first time the Securities and Exchange Commission ever imposed a fine on an exchange.

Stocks Close Lower for Fifth Day Straight

The Dow Jones industrial average closed lower for the fifth straight day as worries about sluggish economic growth weighed on markets. The Dow ended the day down 49 points at 12,605, after minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concerns about the U.S. economy.

Stocks Fall Again Due to European Debt Worries

Stocks closed lower for a second day, dragged down by technology companies and concerns about Europe's debts. European finance ministers approved $110 billion in rescue loans to Portugal on Monday, but have yet to decide on another rescue package for Greece.

Nasdaq, ICE Drop $11 Billion Bid for NYSE Euronext

Nasdaq and IntercontinentalExchange are withdrawing their $11 billion bid for the New York Stock Exchange after recognizing that it wouldn't receive regulatory approval. The decision leaves the path open for NYSE Euronext to merge with the German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse.

Stocks Fall as European Financial Crisis Deepens

Signs that Europe's debt troubles are larger than previously thought upended financial markets Friday, sending the dollar up nearly 1% and erasing the week's stock gains. Fears of a deepening financial crisis overshadowed reports that consumers are feeling more confident in the U.S. economy and that inflation remains in check.

Stocks Recover as Yen Retreats From Record Highs

A resilient performance by Japanese shares helped stocks in Europe and the U.S. Thursday, while the yen pulled back from a record high against the dollar amid expectations that finance chiefs from the world's industrialized nations will discuss how to ease the currency's rise.

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.

Does It Matter That a German Exchange May Control the NYSE?

The fabled New York Stock Exchange isn't what it used to be. Today's NYSE Euronext has lost a huge volume of trading to upstart computerized exchanges in recent years, and scandals have tarnished its luster. Now, Germany's Deutsche Boerse wants to buy control of it. I say: "Sell!"

The Nasdaq Hacking Case Raises Big Red Flags for Exchanges

The frightening revelations over the past few days that hackers had penetrated certain systems at the Nasdaq stock exchange are reverberating throughout the financial world. Did cyber-crooks gain access to inside information that can used to reap ill-gotten gains?

Profit-Taking Could Be in the Cards This Week

Even the most bullish traders figure the market needs to pull back at some point before making new highs. Considering this week's round of earnings and economic data -- and the sketchy situation in Egypt -- the sessions ahead should offer ample opportunity for profit-taking.

Another Week of Robust Corporate Earnings?

Apple, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, IBM, GE, Goldman Sachs and Google are just a sampling of names releasing results this week. And if last week's numbers are any guide, the market should have plenty of reasons to rally -- especially because expectations aren't all that great.

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.

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.

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.

Stocks May Be Ready to
Catch Their Breath

Stocks don't move in a straight line, and a relatively light week of earnings reports and economic data should give the market a much-needed break after the major indexes have run up to two-year highs. But long-term, the direction still looks upward [VIDEO].

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.