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Manufacturing Drives Global Recovery

US production grows for first time since Jan. '08

(Newser) - The world may be manufacturing its way out of the global recession, with new figures showing a faster-than-expected recovery from the US to Europe and Asia. The Wall Street Journal reports that American factory output is growing for the first time since January 2008, while separate surveys showed expanded manufacturing... More »

Dow Up 115 on Manufacturing

Oil hits $71.2 a barrel, highest price in a month

(Newser) - Stocks rallied today on signs of a turnaround for US manufacturing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Oil rose $2.13, to $71.27 per barrel, its highest price in a month, and banks HSBC and Barclays reported strong quarterly earnings. The Dow closed up 114.95 to settle at 9,... More »

Manufacturing Data Kill Stocks

(Newser) - Stocks plunged at the open today, after an ugly New York manufacturing report, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow sunk 120 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P lost 1.5% and 1.4% respectively. The New York Fed’s manufacturing survey dropped to -9.41 from -4.55... More »

Dow Up 153 in Strong Q2 Start

Improved manufacturing report lifts indices

(Newser) - Stocks kicked the second quarter off strong today as good manufacturing news lifted confidence, the Wall Street Journal reports. Stocks initially fell after a worse-than-expected jobs report, but rose after an index had March manufacturing as better than February’s, though still signaling contraction. The Dow rose 152.68 to... More »

Dow Rises 62 Despite Data

Oil futures end a four-day rally

(Newser) - Stocks failed to hold on to session highs but made gains today amid a series of dismal, if not unexpected, economic reports. Oil futures ended a four-day rally, falling $0.23 to $48.59 a barrel after briefly topping $50, Marketwatch reports. The Dow added 62.21 points to close... More »

Dow Clears 9,000 to Open '09

Market discounts poor manufacturing report

(Newser) - Stocks rallied in the first session of 2009, with energy stocks leading advances on a jump in crude oil prices, MarketWatch reports. GM rose after announced changes to GMAC policy expected to give prospective buyers more financing options. In light trading volume, the Dow climbed 258.30 points to close... More »

Dow Off 223 on Japan, Retail Woes

Manufacturing rises, but it's likely a mirage

(Newser) - Stocks seesawed to losses today as investors absorbed bad retailer reports and news that Japan’s economy had entered a recession, MarketWatch reports. The Dow fell 223.73 to close at 8,273.58. The Nasdaq lost 34.80, closing at 1,482.05, while the S&P 500 shed... 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 »

Construction Spending Tumbles

Spending falls at fastest rate since 1994

(Newser) - Construction spending fell at its fastest rate in 14 years in January, the Commerce Department announced today, shattering expectations with a 1.7% drop. Analysts had expected just a 0.7% decline, the Wall Street Journal reports. Residential spending was the big drag, falling 2.9%, but non-residential spending was... More »

Stocks Mixed on Bad Tidings

Dow, Nasdaq dip slightly amid more recession fears; S&P ticks up

(Newser) - The markets ended a blustery week today with a session of light losses and minor gains on bad economic news from retail and manufacturing, MarketWatch reports. The Dow fell 28.77 to 12,348.21, and the Nasdaq fell 10.74 to 2,321.80. The S&P 500 capitalized... More »

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