Alcoa's report Tuesday kicks off what may be a difficult season. Results may fall from a year ago, with revenue flat. The best group may be homebuilders.
The blue chips slip for a 4th day; the S&P 500 has dropped for 5 straight days. European and U.S. worries push down on markets. Housing shares fall on a decline in new-home sales. Crude oil falls below $90.
The package shipper says the global slowdown will trim earnings. The blue chips rebound from a 114-point loss. Small-caps lead the bounce, despite a weak report on manufacturing. Netflix shares are hit. Gold settles at a 6-month high; oil falls.
The Dow falls 68 as profit-taking puts the brakes on the summer rally. Dell's guidance disappoints. Apple nearly hits $675, then slumps. Best Buy shares sag after earnings miss estimates. Gold, silver and oil move up as the dollar falls.
It may be the worst 3 years, starting with Alcoa, Yum Brands, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo this week. Also watch oil, gold and corn prices.
Stocks end lower for the week. The economy adds 80,000 jobs in June, less than expected. The unemployment rate holds at 8.2%. IBM, Caterpillar and Boeing are among the day's losers. Apple weighs on the Nasdaq. Oil falls below $85.
Worries that the Strait of Hormuz may get blocked push oil prices up some 4%. Brent crude tops $100. US factory orders grow in May. June auto sales are strong; SUVs do well. Barclay's CEO quits. Microsoft takes a $6.2 billion writedown.
Stocks soar -- as the blue chips enjoy their best June since 1999 -- after European leaders move to stabilize their banks. Apple and chip makers boost techs, but Research In Motion shares slump badly. Ford and Nike warn on European sales.
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