JPMorgan beats estimates. Wells Fargo is light on revenue. Ecolab agrees to buy Champion Technologies.
Jobless claims fall to the lowest level since Feb. 2008. S&P downgrades Spain's debt. Citigroup raises US equities to overweight. Ruby Tuesday reports an in-line profit.
Costco reports a rise in quarterly net income. Chevron cautions that third-quarter earnings may be lower. Alcoa delivers a surprise profit. The markets await the Fed's Beige Book survey.
The IMF downgrades its global outlook. Spain's bailout plans remain uncertain. Small-business optimism declines. Alcoa reports after the close.
The World Bank cuts its outlook for China and East Asia. Spain is in focus at a European finance ministers meeting. Wal-Mart and American Express launch a prepaid card.
New York manufacturing also slows. EU finance ministers are in a deadlock over the debt crisis. Citigroup cuts its China forecast. Apple shares near $700 as iPhone 5 sales sizzle.
Traders weigh signs of weakness in the region's private sector as the ECB prepares to discuss a bond-buying program. FedEx cuts its guidance. Facebook climbs as Zuckerberg vows to hold his shares.
The figure declines when excluding the transportation component. Investors stay cautious ahead of the Greek Prime Minister and German Chancellor’s discussions. Samaras will meet the French President on Saturday.
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