A 3-hour technical problem halts trading in Apple, Microsoft, Amazon.com and other big stocks listed on Nasdaq. The Dow ends a 6-day losing streak.
The blue chips fall back from a failed comeback after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting shed little light on when the central bank might dial down its bond purchases.
The banking giant is getting battered from all sides by investigations. But while the stock is down in August, investors are still way ahead this year.
The 10-year Treasury yield approaches 2.9% as investors worry about the Fed slowing its bond buying program. Stocks sag again to their lowest levels since July.
The Dow falls more than 150 points, but clear bargain-hunting cuts the loss by about half. J.C. Penney slumps as a board fight gets ugly. Crude oil rises.
The shares jump more than 25% after the company reports new revenue growth and announces a stock buyback. Eric Lefkofsky, a company founder, is now CEO.
But Green Mountain Coffee falls as revenue misses. The stock market suffers a modest loss, due to worries about rising interest rates.
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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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