The celebration, however, may be short-lived as massive defense spending cuts loom.
The iPhone maker is set to report earnings after the closing bell, while the telecommunication giant reports higher second-quarter profit.
Stocks pare earlier losses after new European easing measures and signs of improvement in the US labor market.
Prosecuting lawmakers for their actions will be difficult because of broad protections under the Constitution.
The defense contractor's services revenue have been growing at a good pace.
Dow Chemical is downgraded to 'neutral,' and eBay is initiated with a 'buy.'
The extension of Operation Twist makes stocks that pay a healthy dividend more attractive than ever.
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Despite its size, the IPO will create just two new members of the 10-figure club from its executive ranks. A few others could net hundreds of millions.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
The Fed's latest statement confirms that it won't be coming to the rescue of depositors soon, but these institutions are worth following anyway.
Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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