Amazon.com's profit beats Street estimates. Starbucks shares drop on Europe weakness. Investors applaud Bernanke's promise of Fed support in a market panic. March pending home sales are the best in 2 years. Exxon and UPS results disappoint.
Big Blue and Intel represent most of the Dow's decline. Qualcomm and American Express results don't move investors. Berkshire Hathaway dips after Warren Buffett says he has cancer. Crude oil and gold move lower.
The aluminum producer beats analysts' forecasts. European markets gain as Spanish bond yields stabilize. Import and export prices rise more than expected.
US employers added fewer jobs than expected in March, raising concerns about the economy. AOL agrees to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft. Oil prices fall as gold gains. Alcoa will kick off the first-quarter earnings season Tuesday.
Futures markets signal a steep sell-off Monday as the Labor Department says employers added 120,000 nonfarm jobs in March, less than expected. Unemployment falls to 8.2%, as fewer people seek work. The stock market was closed for Good Friday.
First-quarter earnings growth is expected to shrink. That could make the week ahead volatile -- especially after Friday's disappointing jobs report. The week's big reports include Alcoa, Google, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.
European stocks slide as Spanish bond yields rise. The Nasdaq rallies after Jefferies raises its price target on Apple. The number of new US jobless claims declines as expected.
Friday's jobs report will be the week's big event, along with auto sales reports on Tuesday. Bed Bath & Beyond, Carmax and Monsanto report results. Apple had the biggest impact on the market in the quarter, but Sears was the top S&P 500 stock.
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