Greece might need to restructure its debt. Standard & Poor's lowers Italy's rating. Shares of Apple decline after a factory explosion. Oil prices fall as the dollar strengthens.
The Dow gains 57 in a rally fueled by news of lower unemployment and 216,000 jobs created in March. But weakness in Apple weighs on stocks. Automakers -- except Toyota -- report strong March sales. A takeover fight erupts over the NYSE.
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.
The Dow ends with a 34-point gain. Crude oil tops $91. Gold and silver rise. Verizon will sell iPhones in February. Supervalu profit slumps on pressure from Wal-Mart and Target.
Stocks have been soaring since their bottom in March 2009. The gaps between index values and their 200-day moving averages are widening, perhaps to insupportable levels.
Important earnings are due from Best Buy, FedEx, General Mills, Oracle and Research In Motion. The Fed will weigh in on the economy's health in a week of big economic reports.
If history is a guide, stocks should have a decent day. But Korean tensions and financial woes in Europe may weigh on the markets. The week ahead will be important.
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