Investors shrug off Alcoa's loss and focus on its bullish outlook for global aluminum demand. Materials and financial stocks lead the rally. Tiffany warns on 4th-quarter results; shares slump. Oil and gold rise.
Investors are freaked when copper tumbles, boosting worries about the global economy's health. Fears about Europe's debt persist. Jabil Circuit's a winner; Darden Restaurants is not.
Stocks rally for a second day on growing confidence Greece will enact new austerity measures. Nike's results push shares higher. Home prices in April were off 4% from a year ago -- but up from March.
Despite Steve Jobs' appearance, Apple falls 1.6%. Banks slide after analyst Dick Bove downgrades Wells Fargo. Harley Davidson gets an upgrade. Crude oil slips; gold and silver rise. Temple-Inland shares soar on International Paper's $3.4 billion bid.
The Dow finishes up 33 as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft rally. Apple sags. Bed Bath & Beyond shares jump on strong 4th-quarter results. Gold briefly tops $1,460. But metals and chemical stocks fall back.
The Dow falls 26 ahead of Friday's jobs report. Target's and Macy's December sales are disappointing. AT&T and Verizon pull the Dow lower. Nvidia soars. A rising dollar hits oil.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit multiyear highs, but DuPont and IBM pull the Dow lower. Jobless claims decline. Ford will expand a Louisville, Ky., plant. Tenet Healthcare soars on a takeover bid.
The Dow hits a 2-year high before falling back to a 39-point gain when a rising dollar stalls the rally. Gold and crude oil tumble. Bank of America slides on mortgage fears.
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