The Dow falls 51 points as investors glumly watch Congress. Also weighing on markets are profits after last week's rally. Amazon.com hits an all-time high.
There's been talk of minting a massive coin of platinum to help solve the nation's debt ceiling problem. It's a fun idea that has lots of problems.
The company delivers 46 787 Dreamliners, and deliveries beat archrival Airbus overall for the first time since 2002. Analysts see Boeing holding the top position for at least 2 years.
Housing stocks jumped in Wednesday's big rally as the news signaled stable markets at least for the year ahead.
Sure, taxes on dividends increase under the fiscal cliff resolution. But only if you make $400,000 or more. Otherwise, dividends are still taxed at 15%. No wonder dividend-paying stocks went up Wednesday.
Congress is extending tax credits for the sector, furthering development of one source of alternative energy in the national power grid. But not everyone is pleased.
The Dow and S&P 500 finishes for the year are their best since 2007 as hopes build for a fiscal cliff deal. The Nasdaq's year-end finish is its best in 13 years. Apple shoots higher.
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