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Dow Crosses 15K for First Time

Strong jobs report lifts markets

(Newser) - A big gain in the job market lifted the stock market to a record high this morning. The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time, and the Standard and Poor's 500 index, a broader market measure, rose above 1,600. In the first hour of... More »

Dow Plummets 200+ Points

Weak jobs report leads to market troubles

(Newser) - The Dow's gain for the year is gone, thanks to today's terrible jobs report . The Dow fell more than 200 points following the report, according to the AP . At 11am EDT, it was at 12,170, down 224 points. That's a loss of about 0.3% for... More »

Stocks Diving to Bear Market Levels

S&P slips below threshold at this morning's open

(Newser) - Wall Street is getting nervous, and not because of protesters. Stocks have been plummeting hard, and are now just inches above the threshold for what traders consider a bear market. The Dow dove 240 points on Friday and another 258 yesterday, leaving it perilously close to the bear market threshold... More »

Dow Down 100 at Open

S&P 500, Nasdaq follow suit

(Newser) - No major relief for the markets today, at least not so far: The Dow was down about 100 points at open, resting below 10,900, according to MarketWatch . The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were also down, 7 points and 5 points, respectively. And the news from abroad isn't... More »

Dow Plunges 480+, Below 11K

S&P, Nasdaq follow suit

(Newser) - The Dow plunged more than 300 points at the open today, and dropped almost 500 before retreating, as investors worried about Europe and the global economy. It's currently hovering just below 11,000, according to Marketwatch . The S&P 500 also dropped 48 points to 1,146, while the... More »

Dow Rises 100+ on Retail Sales Report

S&P 500, Nasdaq also rise

(Newser) - Markets are up, at least for now: The Dow was up more than 100 points at open, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq following suit, up about 11 and 13 points, respectively, MarketWatch reports. An upbeat report on retail sales no doubt prodded stocks upward: July sales rose a... More »

Stocks Climb on ADP Report

(Newser) - Stocks headed north at the open today as a better-than-expected ADP report outweighed Bank of America's poor "stress test" grade, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Dow rose 64 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P added 9.26 and 8.97 points respectively. Bank of America rose 6%... More »

Dow Drops 86 on Financials

(Newser) - Financial stocks led declines today as the boost from the Fed’s announcement of new plans to lower lending costs faded, the Wall Street Journal reports. Citigroup and Bank of America shares both fell at least 10%, giving back recent gains. Crude oil rallied to $50.80 a barrel, the... More »

Asia, Europe Follow US Rally

Nikkei posts biggest gain in 6 weeks

(Newser) - Yesterday's big day on Wall Street sparked a bull run on Asian markets today, with the Nikkei posting its biggest rise in 6 weeks, Reuters reports. The Tokyo exchange surged 4.6% off a 26-year closing low, with Toshiba and other tech stocks leading advances. Markets in Europe opened down... More »

Stocks Can't Stop Bleeding

(Newser) - Stocks continued their march downward at the open today, following a wave of selloffs around the globe. The Dow dropped 136 points, after closing at a six-year low yesterday. The S&P plunged 1.8%, while the Nasdaq was off 1.1%. Yesterday’s US losses triggered a wave of... More »

Stocks Rise on Job, Price Data

(Newser) - Stocks climbed at the open, following jobless claims and wholesale price reports that, for once, didn’t contain any nasty surprises. The Dow was up 35 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P each rose about 0.8%. The producer-price index rose 0.8% in January, reflecting a widespread rise... More »

Stocks Flat Despite Housing Plan

(Newser) - Stocks barely budged at the open today, as optimism over President Obama’s home foreclosure plan was canceled out by grisly housing numbers. The Dow inched up a handful of points, while the Nasdaq and S&P each gained about 0.5%. Housing starts fell 16.8% in January, much... More »

Stocks Plummet on Global Panic

(Newser) - Stocks fell at the open, as investors continued to fret about the financial system. The Dow dropped 150 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P lost around 2.9% each. The declines follow similar losses overseas, with the Nikkei down 1.4%, the Shanghai Composite down 2.9% and the... More »

Stocks Tread Water

(Newser) - Stocks were mixed at the open today, as uncertainty over the government’s rescue plan continued to nettle investors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Stocks vacillated between gains and losses, with the Dow recently down 26 points, and the S&P and Nasdaq down about 4 points each. Among individual... More »

Stocks Plunge Despite Retail Surge

(Newser) - Stocks plunged at the open this morning, despite a surprisingly good retail sales report, the Wall Street Journal reports. Retail sales unexpectedly rose 1% in January, ending a seven-month slide, but the Dow tumbled more than 150 points at the open anyway. The S&P shed 1.7% and the... More »

Stocks Rebound Slightly

From yesterday's massacre

(Newser) - Stocks limped higher today, with the Dow up 75 points after yesterday’s 382 point massacre. A 2.9% financial sector rally led the S&P 0.8% higher, but unease remains over the lack of details in Timothy Geithner’s new economic rescue plan. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, inched up... More »

Stocks Slip on Bailout Jitters

(Newser) - Stocks took a dip at the open today, as investors awaited news on how the remaining $350 billion of the $700 billion bank rescue will be spent. The Dow shed 56 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P inched down 0.2% and 0.7%, respectively. GM’s shares were... More »

Stocks Down on Bailout Delay

(Newser) - Stocks slid at the open, after Timothy Geithner pushed back the announcement of his much-anticipated bank rescue plan until tomorrow. The Dow dropped 40 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P barely budged, falling 0.6% and 0.4% each. But financial stocks actually rose, with Bank of America, Citigroup,... More »

Stocks Up Despite Job Plunge

(Newser) - Stocks shot up at the bell, despite a grisly nonfarm payrolls report, as investors bet on a stimulus package boost. The Dow climbed 100 points, while the S&P and Nasdaq each gained about 1.4%. Unemployment hit 7.6% after a grim January, the Labor Department announced today. But... More »

Stocks Fall on Retail, Job Data

(Newser) - Stocks slid at the open today, following yet more negative numbers from retailers and the Labor Department, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow dropped 52 points, while the S&P fell 1%. The Nasdaq dropped 1.2%, weighed down by sub-par earnings from Cisco. New jobless claims ripped past... More »

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