Some Republicans want to defund Obamacare -- or they'll close the government or force a default on US debt. That means a far more volatile stock market.
The central bank's decision on whether to trim its bond buying may dictate if the market has a good week. Oracle and FedEx earnings are on tap.
The metal falls $33 and is off 4.7% this month. But crude oil rises because oil traders are skeptical that a deal can be cut. Stocks end lower.
With the index changes afoot, the exchange traded tracking it will follow suit.
The people who manage the blue-chip index are substituting Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa for Alcoa, Bank of America and Hewlett-Packard.
Apple pushes the Nasdaq and Nasdaq-100 to 13-year highs, and the Dow jumps 141, its best day since mid-July, thanks to gains from Caterpillar, 3M and IBM.
With military intervention in Syria looking less likely, the Dow looks to reclaim 15,000. Does this rally have legs?
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