Worries about Germany, Greece and Spain weigh on markets. S&P downgrades its outlook for the Asia-Pacific economy. Apple sells 5 million iPhone 5s over the weekend. Barron's says Facebook is worth $15 a share.
Apple begins selling its latest smartphone worldwide. Spain and the European Commission are reportedly discussing reforms that would lead to a bailout. McDonald's and several other companies increase their dividends.
Reports show contraction in China's manufacturing activity and in the eurozone's private sector. US jobless claims fall by 3,000, but the level remains high. The Philly Fed's manufacturing index improves slightly, while leading indicators slip.
Construction of new US homes rises, and sales and prices of existing homes surge. Japan's central bank expands its stimulus program. Microsoft increases its dividend. General Mills beats earnings expectations.
Homebuilder optimism hits a 6-year high, and the US current account trade deficit narrows more than expected. FedEx cuts its full-year outlook. China's territorial dispute with Japan escalates. Apple trades above $700.
Global shares soar after the Fed announces QE3. US consumer prices rise the most in 3 years. Retail sales and consumer sentiment post surprising gains, while industrial production falls the most in 3 years. UnitedHealth replaces Kraft in the Dow.
The central bank announces more stimulus measures. Weekly jobless claims rise sharply. Wholesale inflation increases the most in 3 years. Apple remains in focus after its iPhone 5 announcement.
Investors eye potential stimulus by the Fed. German court allows ratification of eurozone rescue fund. Wholesale inventories rose in July, beating forecast. Import and export prices climb. Facebook shares jump. Apple is set to launch the iPhone 5.
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