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.
The private equity group that owns the theme park company wants to raise $100 million from selling shares.
The Dow ends down 18 points after falling as many as 151. The catalyst: News that the House will meet Sunday to discuss the fiscal cliff dispute. Apple leads the rebound. Jobless claims fall, but consumer confidence sags.
Homebuilders led the list of top gainers, while technology and for-profit education saw the most losses.
Stocks tumble as Republicans balk at House Speaker Boehner's tax bill. But things could have been worse. Nike jumps on strong North American business. Trading ends early Monday, and markets are closed Tuesday for Christmas.
The Dow could open as much as 200 points lower after House Speaker Boehner pulls his 'Plan B' tax bill, which couldn't win enough Republican votes to pass. President Obama will have to come up with a specific plan, he says.
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