The Dow dips 31 as investors don't commit much to the market before Friday's big jobs report. Gold hits a new high. Energy stocks move higher with oil prices. Corn and wheat prices jump. Berkshire Hathaway falls on Sokol resignation.
There are plenty of reasons to be bullish about stocks, but the market faces big challenges first. For instance, can energy stocks, which had a huge quarter, continue to lead the market higher?
Research In Motion results disappoint investors. The major averages have recovered all of their losses since the March 11 Japanese earthquake. Best Buy's forecast disappoints. Gold and oil pull back.
The Dow closes up 60 points. Japanese stocks plunge after the massive earthquake and tsunami. Crude oil drops to $101. Apple rises as iPad 2 sales begin.
The blue chips drop below 12,000 for the first time since Jan. 31. News that Saudi police disperse protesters worsens a slumping market. Oil drops. Weekly jobless claims are worse than expected. Green Mountain Coffee will sell Starbucks coffee.
The Dow ends flat after analysts upgrade IBM. But the market is held in check by fluctuating oil prices and a slump in shares of networking companies. Molycorp. results cheer investors. Boston Beer's guidance disappoints.
Stocks have soared since the market bottom on March 9, 2009. But commodities have done even better. Here's a look at how U.S. markets have performed.
Banks, led by Bank of America, and airlines help the market end a 2-day slide. A big fall in oil is trimmed after analysts boost price estimates. Gasoline hits $3.52 a gallon. McDonald's February sales disappoint. Will Sprint buy T-Mobile?
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