Rising tensions over the civil war in Syria pushes energy prices higher. Brent crude, which affects gasoline prices, approaches $107 a barrel.
Tesla is initiated with an 'overweight,' and Marvell is upgraded to 'positive.'
The blue chips jump 181 after reports on jobless claims and retail sales cheer investors. Friday brings reports on consumer confidence and options expirations.
MSN Money's Charley Blaine explains what's influencing what we end up paying at the pump.
The Dow sells at the open and ends down 117 as investors fret about Japan, interest rates and unrest in Turkey. Expect more ups and downs into next week at least.
The Dow closes down 217 points amid weak economic reports and worries about interest rates. Falling below 15,000 could mean more selling ahead.
JA Solar is downgraded to 'sell,' and Joy Global is downgraded to 'neutral.'
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