The Dow jumps nearly 140 points ahead of a big Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. Crude oil closes above $98.
The Dow jumps 109 points after rising as many as 191. Oil-price jitters and rising rates trim gains. Those factors and the Fed may weigh on markets Tuesday.
The central bank meets to discuss interest rates and the economy. And everyone hopes they do a better job of explaining their policy.
The blue chips jump 181 after reports on jobless claims and retail sales cheer investors. Friday brings reports on consumer confidence and options expirations.
After falling for three straight days, stocks need a reason to move up. A decent jobless claims report could help. So could a benign day for interest rates.
The Dow sells at the open and ends down 117 as investors fret about Japan, interest rates and unrest in Turkey. Expect more ups and downs into next week at least.
The market tends to look its best at a peak, and companies their strongest before a fall -- so watch how much faith you put in predictions.
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