Stocks rally as investors cheer the biggest gain in housing starts since 2008. IBM and Qualcomm results cheer investors. American Express sees some consumer caution. Intel leads chip stocks higher.
Retail sales fall for the third straight month, with weakness in building materials, sporting goods and furniture sales. Citigroup's earnings cheer. Intel and GE estimates are cut. Google's Marissa Mayer is Yahoo's next CEO.
The blue chips fall 25. Gains for Apple and others offset weakness in energy and financial shares. The 10-year Spanish bond yields 7%-plus on reports of deepening bank problems. Homebuilders move up on rising confidence.
Concern that Spain could default on its debt may negate what should be a decent week for earnings. Companies reporting include Coca-Cola, Citigroup, IBM, Intel, Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft and GE. Also due is the March report on housing starts.
Good economic news on bank lending and business in Texas helps investors get past fears that Greece won't cut a debt deal. Gold and oil dip. Pep Boys will go private. US Airways rises on takeover chatter.
Stocks open to levels last seen in the spring of 2008, but the Dow falls 22 on profit-taking and worries about the economy. Caterpillar and Netflix are the leaders. Apple briefly hits a new high. Starbucks results disappoint.
The search giant misses estimates, but investors like earnings from IBM, Intel and Microsoft. The Dow gains 45. Bank of America's earnings cheer Wall Street. Jobless claims fall nearly to a 4-year low. F5 Networks earnings send shares soaring.
Traders are cheered European markets were steady after Friday's downgrades of France and 8 other countries. Carnival shares hit on cruise-ship disaster. China's 4th-quarter growth slips. Citigroup and Wells Fargo report before the open.
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