Stocks surge on improved private-sector employment; jobless claims slip. Starbucks, AIG and Priceline earnings impress. Crude is up in New York but down in London.
The Dow ends up 2 points after briefly falling as many as 108 points. Caterpillar sees the world economy slowing faster than expected. Apple leads tech stocks higher. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold misses Street estimates.
The blue chips gain 59 points in a volatile day. Because of Apple's earnings miss, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq end lower for a 4th day. Because of Facebook issues, Zynga shares fall more than 35%. Whole Foods earnings cheer. New-home sales disappoint.
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.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq show gains; the Dow falls slightly. Weakness in Europe is the biggest weight on the Institute for Supply Management's June manufacturing index. Barclay's CEO Bob Diamond quits.
Once down 177 points, the Dow closes off 25 on speculation Europe is negotiating a serious debt deal. Health care shares are mostly flat, but hospital operators soar. Research In Motion will cut a third of its workforce.
The major averages rise for the second straight day on guidance from Lennar and a strong pending-home-sales report. Facebook slips on mixed analyst ratings. Arena Pharmaceuticals soars after its new weight-loss drug wins an FDA OK.
Investors sell on fears Europeans can't solve their debt crisis. Crude oil briefly falls below $79; gold moves higher. News Corp. may split into 2 companies. The Supreme Court won't rule on health care until Thursday.
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