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Banks Up, Apple Down as Stocks Hit More Record Highs

Banks benefited from higher bond yields

(Newser) - Stocks climbed to more record highs Tuesday on Wall Street, led by big gains in banks, the AP reports. Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on loans. Bank of America gained 2.5% and Wells Fargo rose 1.8%. Chemicals company... More »

Equifax Breach, Hurricane Irma Weigh on US Stocks

Stocks were little changed Friday

(Newser) - Major US stock indexes wound up pretty much where they started Friday on Wall Street as losses in technology and energy companies outweighed gains in banks and insurers, the AP reports. Equifax plunged 13.7% in heavy trading Friday after the credit monitoring company disclosed a massive data breach. Insurers,... More »

Banks, Insurers Weigh on Stock Market

Stocks closed mixed Thursday

(Newser) - Stocks are closing mixed Thursday as losses for banks and insurers are partly offset by gains in health care and technology companies, the AP reports. Banks fell along with bond yields, which tends to force interest rates on loans lower. Insurance companies fell as investors weighed the prospects of losses... More »

Energy Stocks Lead Gains on Wall Street

Makes up for some of the losses Wednesday

(Newser) - Stocks closed higher Wednesday on Wall Street, recovering some of the market's hefty losses from the day before, the AP reports. Energy companies led the gainers Wednesday, climbing as the price of crude oil rose. Chevron climbed 2.2%. Gains by health care companies and several big retailers also... More »

Weak Jobs Report Helps Stocks Friday

Stocks rose with banks, automakers

(Newser) - US stocks finished higher for the sixth day in a row Friday as a relatively weak jobs report helped banks, car companies, retailers, and others, the AP reports. The Labor Department said employers added 156,000 jobs in August. Investors felt that will help make sure the Federal Reserve won'... More »

Stocks Have 2nd Worst Decline of 2017

Standard & Poor's 500 has biggest drop since May

(Newser) - Stocks had their second-worst drop of the year, led by declines in technology companies, retailers, and banks, the AP reports. The slump Thursday brought the Standard & Poor's 500 index back to where it was on July 11. It was the biggest drop for the benchmark index since May.... More »

Dow Jones Closes at Another All-Time High

Banks, tech lead stocks slightly higher overall

(Newser) - Banks and technology companies posted modest gains on Wall Street, leaving indexes slightly higher at the closing bell, the AP reports. The tiny gains Thursday were enough to mark another all-time closing high for the Dow Jones industrial average. Goldman Sachs and Apple contributed the most to the Dow's... More »

Weak Retail Report Sends Stocks Mostly Lower

But the Dow hit another record high

(Newser) - Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street after a weak report on retail sales got investors worried about the economy, the AP reports. Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market Wednesday. High-dividend sectors like consumer goods makers and utilities gained as investors shifted money into lower-risk investments.... More »

US Stocks End Week Down After Wednesday's Big Drop

Despite modest gains Friday

(Newser) - Industrial companies led US stocks broadly higher Friday, extending the market's modest gains from the day before, the AP reports. Investors were cheering solid earnings from several companies. Banks and materials stocks were also up sharply. Energy companies also moved higher as the price of crude oil rose. Deere... More »

Drop in Price of Oil Cancels Out Other Stock Gains

US stocks end Thursday more or less where they started

(Newser) - Major US stock indexes ended up more or less where they started on Wall Street as big drops in energy companies canceled out gains elsewhere in the market, the AP reports. Energy companies posted sharp losses on Thursday after the price of crude oil plunged 5% to its lowest level... More »

Trump Tax Plan Announcement Wipes Out Early Market Gains

US indexes closed nearly unchanged Wednesday

(Newser) - Stocks closed nearly unchanged as early gains evaporated following the White House's announcement about its tax policy proposals, the AP reports. Corporate earnings were also in focus Wednesday. Overall more stocks rose than fell. Health care companies gained more than the rest of the market. Health insurer Anthem gained... More »

Nasdaq Cracks 6,000 Points for 1st Time Ever

And strong company earnings powered stock gains Tuesday

(Newser) - Stocks closed higher on Wall Street after several big companies reported solid earnings, the AP reports. The gains Tuesday were enough to send the Nasdaq composite index above 6,000 points for the first time. Materials and energy companies rose more than the rest of the market. Caterpillar rose 7.... More »

Banks, Phone Companies Drag Stock Market Lower

And one toy maker took a nosedive

(Newser) - The stock market closed slightly lower led by declines in phone companies, banks, and health care providers, the AP reports. Verizon slumped 2.3% Friday, while Bank of America lost 1.6%. In earnings news, Mattel nosedived 13.6% after the struggling toy maker reported a big drop in sales. More »

Stocks Close High on Strength of Banks, Industry

Nasdaq closes at all-time high

(Newser) - Stocks closed solidly higher as investors found plenty to like in the latest earnings reports from financial and industrial companies, the AP reports. Transportation companies did especially well Thursday. Railroad operator CSX jumped 5.6% after releasing surprisingly strong earnings. Makers of basic materials also rose. Paint and coatings maker... More »

Stocks End Lower After Drop in Price of Oil

A weak showing by IBM didn't help

(Newser) - Stocks gave up an early gain and closed mostly lower after a sharp drop in the price of crude oil dragged energy companies down, the AP reports. A weak showing by IBM also weighed on technology stocks Wednesday and tugged the Dow Jones industrial average lower. IBM slumped 4.9%... More »

Health Care, Banks Lead US Stocks Lower

Goldman Sachs fell 4.7%

(Newser) - Stocks closed lower on Wall Street as poor results from Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, and other companies put a damper on buying, the AP reports. Johnson & Johnson lost 3.1% Tuesday, and drugmaker Cardinal Health slumped 11.5%. Goldman Sachs fell 4.7% after reporting a rare miss... More »

Tiny Gains for US Stocks After Bumpy Day of Trading

Energy and banks led the way

(Newser) - US stocks managed to end with tiny gains after a bumpy day of trading, the AP reports. Energy companies rose Thursday along with the price of crude oil, and banks also headed higher. Devon Energy climbed 3.3%, while KeyCorp increased 1.9%. High-dividend stocks like phone companies and utilities... More »

Gains by Energy Stocks Evened Out by Losses Elsewhere

Stocks end day little changed on Wall Street

(Newser) - Stocks closed little changed on Wall Street as gains in energy companies were canceled out by losses in banks and other parts of the market, the AP reports. Oil and gas companies benefited from broad increases in energy prices. Chesapeake Energy jumped 6.8% and Range Resources rose 4.2%.... More »

Banks Lead Stock Slump Thursday

US stocks pull back from record highs

(Newser) - Banks and other financial companies led stocks lower on Wall Street a day after indexes soared to their latest record highs, the AP reports. Citizens Financial slumped 3.9% Thursday. Banks had soared a day earlier as investors hoped that higher interest rates would help them earn more from lending.... More »

Dow Breaks 21,000 for 1st Time Ever

Banks and financial companies lead US stocks Wednesday

(Newser) - Banks and other financial companies led US stocks sharply higher, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 21,000 points for the first time, the AP reports. Wednesday's gain was the biggest for the blue-chip index so far this year. Energy companies also rose. Bank of America rose 3.... More »

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