But Apple retakes $600 after earnings and guidance disappoint investors. Amazon shares jump despite a quarterly loss. GDP rises at a 2% annual rate, but consumer optimism slips even as Americans spend more. Gasoline prices continue to drop.
Apple shares are briefly halted. Earnings are lower than expected; iPad sales disappoint. Amazon sales also disappoint. Stocks rebound after Fitch Ratings denies it plans a U.S. debt downgrade. Pending home sales slip.
The Dow falls 25 after the central bank says the economy still needs help. Investors cheer Facebook's mobile ad efforts. Boeing and Panera Bread offer bullish outlooks. But Netflix shares are crushed. New-home sales are the strongest in 2 years.
The Dow gains 54 as the Bernanke rally continues, despite a downgrade of US debt and profit-taking. Crude oil briefly tops $100. Apple hits new highs. UnitedHealth, not Apple, will replace Kraft in the Dow.
Hope for a resolution to Europe's debt crisis and decent US jobs data boost the Dow and S&P 500 to 4-year highs. The Nasdaq hits a 12-year top. Jobless claims fall, and ADP says private employers added 201,000 workers in August.
The Dow holds at 13,000, but the S&P 500 drops below 1,400. Will Fed Chairman Bernanke signal new stimulus plans? Retailers see strong back-to-school sales in August. Sears is leaving the S&P 500. Crude oil and gold slip.
The Dow surges 188 points as hopes build that the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank will start new stimulus plans. GDP in the US grows at just a 1.5% rate in the 2nd quarter. Facebook briefly falls nearly to $22; Starbucks slumps.
Amazon.com's profit beats Street estimates. Starbucks shares drop on Europe weakness. Investors applaud Bernanke's promise of Fed support in a market panic. March pending home sales are the best in 2 years. Exxon and UPS results disappoint.
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