The Dow also sets a multiyear high before turning lower. European traders hope the ECB will help resolve the debt crisis. Urban Outfitters trounces expectations. Best Buy posts a drop in profit and comparable sales.
Stocks pare earlier losses and drift in a narrow range.
The ECB downplays a report about planned bond buying to stem the region's debt crisis. Aetna will buy Coventry Health in a $5.7 billion deal. Lowe's slumps on weak earnings. Apple hits a new high as Facebook is up from new low.
Stocks get a boost from housing outlook.
Richard Schulze makes a bid for the big-box retailer, promising far-reaching changes to vault it back to the top spot in the electronics business.
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