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 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.
But Green Mountain Coffee falls as revenue misses. The stock market suffers a modest loss, due to worries about rising interest rates.
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are big fans of railroads -- but fossil fuel producers and railroads alike depend on this little-known niche manufacturer.
But the market is beginning to look overbought as oil prices and interest rates are on the move again. Google, Apple and Facebook boost the Nasdaq.
The central bank will describe its plans for the next few months on Wednesday. The odds favor a bland announcement, which should cheer investors.
Technology is showing some strains. Netflix and Apple earnings will be very important in the week ahead. It remains to be seen whether rising oil and gas prices will hurt consumer spending.
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