25 years after the infamous Black Monday crash, markets still prove to be volatile at a moment's notice.
China reports a slew of economic data as investors await US economic reports.
Big Blue's big weighting in the index could have an outsize impact.
Stocks slip as two big banks report a rise in earnings but fail to extend the recent rally in the financial sector.
Stocks near flat as investors seek direction in a lackluster session.
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.
The firm also downgrades AMD, Intel and Marvell.
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