The Dow jumps 175 points and is nearing its 2007 closing high as investors ignore the budget battles and focus on better economic reports. Health care is one of the top sectors this year.
Sequestration means defense spending may be reduced by some $46 billion a year. Wall Street seems to be betting that many of the cuts won't materialize. The gains come as stocks rebound from Monday's slump.
Republicans and Democrats dig in yet one more time in a budget fight. The big question is how much the battles will hurt the economy.
The Dow falls 216 points in its worst day since November, as investors worry that spending cuts will harm the economy. The Italian election, meanwhile, unsettles those who thought Europeans were getting their act together.
MSN Money's Charley Blaine explains the disconnect between these prices and how high they might go.
That's what several analysts are saying since the stock topped $800. But price prediction is never a sure thing. Just ask Apple.
The retail giant eases fears of slowing sales by saying its payout will increase 18% this year. But the company expects flat first-quarter results as taxes and gas prices stress consumers.
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The cosmetics company's disappointing earnings report is yet another illustration of how difficult the retail sector has become.
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