The central bank's decision on whether to trim its bond buying may dictate if the market has a good week. Oracle and FedEx earnings are on tap.
With the index changes afoot, the exchange traded tracking it will follow suit.
The people who manage the blue-chip index are substituting Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa for Alcoa, Bank of America and Hewlett-Packard.
Stocks are higher as the prospects of US military action in Syria may have decreased as the diplomatic process moves forward.
Compliance with these standards will allow the credit card company to gain merchant acceptance in the U.S. and in international markets.
Companies spent $821 billion on dividends and buybacks in the past year, and the gravy train is showing no signs of letting up.
The rate of late payments has plunged to nearly a 20-year low. Are we getting more responsible?
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