Stocks dive in the morning as unemployment rises to 9.2% and job growth sputters. But late-day buying trims losses. Banks lead the market lower. Oil and copper drop, while gold rises.
An early decline gives way to decent gains as traders shrug off worries about Europe and higher Chinese interest rates. The ISM non-manufacturing index slips. Oil moves lower; transports flirt with record highs. Netflix gets a downgrade.
Stocks rally for a second day on growing confidence Greece will enact new austerity measures. Nike's results push shares higher. Home prices in April were off 4% from a year ago -- but up from March.
The blue chips fall 60, but the Greek news lets them regain most of their early losses, driven by economic worries. Crude oil falls below its 2010 finish after the US says it will sell oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Exxon and Chevron sag.
Investors pummel stocks as turmoil in Greece hits markets globally. The major averages have fallen more than 7% since April. Pandora Media shares jump -- then fade -- as trading starts. Oil falls below $95 a barrel.
Stocks enjoy their best day of the month on better-than-expected retail sales and strength in China. Pandora rates a $2.6 billion valuation. Best Buy results beat estimates, and JC Penney snags a top Apple executive.
Last month's losses weren't very big and the finish was strong, which could give bulls some cheer. But the market holds some sizable risks in coming weeks and perhaps beyond.
There are plenty of reasons to be bullish about stocks, but the market faces big challenges first. For instance, can energy stocks, which had a huge quarter, continue to lead the market higher?
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