An 83-point loss for the Dow shrinks to 31 points as minutes show the Federal Reserve inching toward a new economic stimulus plan. Hewlett-Packard earnings beat estimates, despite soft PC sales. Dell sags. Housing shows some strength.
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Cisco Systems' earnings cheer tech investors. An IBM deal also excites the market. Building permits hit a 4-year high. Wal-Mart and Ross Stores results disappoint. Facebook hits a new low. Jobless claims are flat.
The Dow gains 51 points as decent earnings and hope for a European debt solution give markets a boost. Fossil and Chesapeake Energy are big gainers. Disney earnings beat estimates. Oil jumps, but gold dips.
Masco's and Armstrong's dour numbers are at odds with those of every homebuilder we've heard from.
The blue chips gain 59 points in a volatile day. Because of Apple's earnings miss, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq end lower for a 4th day. Because of Facebook issues, Zynga shares fall more than 35%. Whole Foods earnings cheer. New-home sales disappoint.
The Dow falls nearly 240 points before a rebound trims the loss to 101 points. Worries build that Spain will need a major bailout. Greece is staring at running out of cash. McDonald's and Texas Instruments say global worries are hurting business.
Stocks rally as investors cheer the biggest gain in housing starts since 2008. IBM and Qualcomm results cheer investors. American Express sees some consumer caution. Intel leads chip stocks higher.
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