The rally shows its strength by shrugging off weakness in Japan and worries about next week's Fed meeting. Exxon, Chevron and Whole Foods report results.
It's no surprise that some of these firms don't pay dividends, but one once-hated company is poised to restart its payouts.
Big banks are handing out long-term loans to businesses with weak cash flow and once again using derivatives like they did in 2008.
JA Solar is downgraded to 'sell,' and Joy Global is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Stocks are lower, putting the Dow in jeopardy of ending its streak of winning Tuesdays after 20 straight weeks.
The Fed chairman offers some life advice -- such as how to find a spouse -- while also dissing economics.
Stocks are mixed and, barring a collapse in the later hours of the session, the Dow and S&P 500 are on track to gain about 3% and the Nasdaq around 5% for the month of May.
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