The search giant misses estimates, but investors like earnings from IBM, Intel and Microsoft. The Dow gains 45. Bank of America's earnings cheer Wall Street. Jobless claims fall nearly to a 4-year low. F5 Networks earnings send shares soaring.
Google, IBM, Intel and Microsoft will post after the close. All face challenges in 2012.
The S&P 500 closes above 1,300 for the first time since July on gains in tech, bank and housing stocks. Goldman Sachs rises on an earnings beat. The Keystone XL pipeline route appears doomed. EBay, F5 Networks results impress.
The aluminum giant says a 27% decline in prices hurt fourth-quarter earnings, but revenue is better than expected. Tim Cook earns $378 million as Apple CEO. Gold and oil slip. Bristol-Myers inks a $2.5 billion deal.
In a big week for earnings, IBM, Apple, Bank of America and Caterpillar are among the headliners. Reports are due on housing starts, existing-home sales and mid-Atlantic manufacturing. The debt ceiling fight will continue. Will gold top $1,600?
Jobless claims are larger than expected; economic growth is tepid. But stocks recover from early losses. Oil and gold move lower. Techs move higher on NetApp. A top hedge-fund manager says Microsoft's Ballmer should go.
Crude oil tops $101, and gold and silver push higher. Netflix leads the Nasdaq. Rising costs hit shares of Polo Ralph Lauren and Costco. Whlle home prices fall, a government report says, Pittsburgh prices hold their own.
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