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Dow Up 4 Despite Strong Housing Data

Gains in durable goods mostly due to defense, aircraft orders

(Newser) - Stocks barely eked out gains today, as positive reports on housing and durable goods orders failed to excite investors, the Wall Street Journal reports. New-home sales rose 9.6% in July, beating expectations, while inventories dropped to the lowest level since April 2007. The Dow closed up 4 points at... More »

Stocks Up on Jobs, Durables

(Newser) - Stocks headed higher at the open today, after a pair of promising economic reports. The Dow added 75 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P rose 1.1% and 1% respectively. Durable goods orders rose 1.9% last month, and new jobless claims fell 13,000 last week; both numbers... More »

This Rally May Be the Real Deal

Positive indicators, better policy, historical benchmarks; the time is right for a bottom

(Newser) - The tentative rally on Wall Street is reason enough for one economist to feel hopeful: "I’m ready to take another shot at calling the bottom," writes Michael Mandel in BusinessWeek. Since (apparently) bottoming out March 9, stocks have risen 20%, and the reasons behind the climb are... More »

Dow Wavers, Finishes Up 90

Poor Treasury auction saps some investor confidence

(Newser) - Stocks wavered today, with the indices posting gains but off session highs, the Wall Street Journal reports. A rise in durable-goods orders stoked an early rally, but enthusiasm was tempered by weak demand for US Treasuries in an auction. The Dow dipped into losses in the afternoon, but closed up... More »

Stocks Up on Durables Report

(Newser) - Stocks switched back into climbing mode this morning, after a better-than-expected durable goods report. The Dow rose 76 points, bolstered by GE's 4% surge, while the Nasdaq and S&P each gained about 1%. Durable goods orders rose 3.4% in February, defying analyst expectations of a 2% decline. But... More »

Dow Gains 49 Before Holiday

(Newser) - Stocks posted modest gains today amid light holiday trading, the Wall Street Journal reports. Drops were reported in orders for durable goods and consumer spending, but they were smaller than expected. The Dow closed up 48.99 points at 8,468. The Nasdaq gained 3.36 points to settle at... More »

Market Opens Down on Grim Spending Data

Dow down triple digits, the good times are over

(Newser) - Wall Street’s three-day revival screeched to a halt this morning, as the Dow opened down 136 points following a grim consumer spending report. Personal consumption fell 1% in October, the fastest consumers have slammed the brakes on spending in 7 years, the Wall Street Journal reports. Orders for durable... More »

Stocks Climb Nearly 200 Points

Poor housing, durable goods goods data don't deter market's optimism

(Newser) - Stocks rallied this afternoon on news that lawmakers had reached a consensus on the Wall Street bailout plan, MarketWatch reports. Optimism proved infectious as GE rose 6.26% despite cutting an earnings estimate earlier today. The Dow climbed 196.89 points to 11,022.06. The Nasdaq gained 30.89... More »

Durable Goods Key Solid Gains

Oil ticks up on Gustav fears, but markets barely flinch

(Newser) - Stocks gained today as the markets embraced a positive report on durable goods and discounted a rise in oil as merely a short-term threat posed by Tropical Storm Gustav, MarketWatch reports. The Dow climbed 89.64 to 11,502.51, the Nasdaq gained 20.49 to close at 2,382.... More »

On Mixed News, Modest Gains

Crude falls, durable goods rise, but foreclosures also climb

(Newser) - The Dow and S&P 500 seesawed to minor gains today amid mixed economic reports, MarketWatch reports. The Dow rose 21.41 to 11,370.69, the S&P 500 5.22 to 1,257.76. Bolstered by the relative insulation from the economic slump enjoyed by tech stocks , the... More »

Merrill's Strength Leads Rally

Good news from broker overshadows poor housing news

(Newser) - Stocks rallied to solid gains today as good news from Merrill Lynch and better-than-expected jobless claims data overshadowed poor housing and durable-goods news, MarketWatch reports. The Dow gained 85.73 to close at 12,848.95, while the Nasdaq rose 23.71 to 2,428.92. The S&P 500... More »

Durable Goods, New Homes Take Hit in February

Orders for business equipment key larger-than-expected drop

(Newser) - Durable goods took an unexpected tumble in February, the Commerce Department announced today, with a 1.7% drop headlining a raft of bad economic news. Analysts expected a 0.8% increase. “Businesses definitely have shown they are beginning to retrench,” one analyst told Bloomberg. “Demand is weakening.... More »

Durable Goods Numbers Disappoint; Businesses Fret

It's a sign that - say it with me now - housing woes could be spreading

(Newser) - Durable good sales rose just 0.1% in November, a lower-than-expected bump after October’s 0.4% drop, Bloomberg reports. Analysts had forecast a 3% rise. Take out transportation, including stellar airline sales, and sales fell 0.7%.  It’s another sign the economy is slowing down and businesses... More »

Chill Spreads to Durable Goods

Orders for big-ticket items plunge more than predicted, clouding recovery forecasts

(Newser) - Orders for durable goods nosedived in May, suggesting that sunny forecasts for business spending may be overly optimistic. The 2.8% drop, the first decline in 4 months, nearly tripled the predicted 1% dip, Bloomberg reports. Excluding the volatile transportation sectors, the figure was off 1%, Commerce Department stastics released... More »

Monthly Housing Sales Jump

But prices are way, way down

(Newser) - The real estate market had a volatile April, with home sales rising at their fastest rate in 14 years. But the 16% spike in sales over the previous month hid a more complicated reality: New home prices dropped by a record 11%, according to Commerce Department figures released today, and... More »

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