A government shutdown and debt default loom as Democrats and Republicans continue to battle over money. The fighting could affect markets next week.
The Dow and S&P 500 move higher after 5 days of losses. Still, a strong open fades as worries about a government shutdown build. Bed Bath & Beyond jumps on strong earnings.
Bloomberg News says the retail giant is telling suppliers it's trimming inventory buying because consumers are still reluctant to spend big.
More activity may erupt in the next few days, however, if Congress and the Obama administration want to avoid closing the federal government next week.
A shell-shocked Wall Street responds to no taper from the Fed. Barclays calls for a 5% stock market rally by year end.
Stocks sell off after the House votes to defund Obamacare, setting up a showdown between Senate Democrats and the Obama administration.
Berkshire Hathaway's CEO thinks the current chairman has done a great job. Why take a '400 hitter" out of the lineup, he asks.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
Under new Obamacare rules, parents can keep their adult children insured till age 26, but they're not responsible for the deductibles.
Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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