Stocks have soared since the market bottom on March 9, 2009. But commodities have done even better. Here's a look at how U.S. markets have performed.
Stocks soar as ADP says private employers added 93,000 jobs in November. The Fed sees modest nationwide growth. Hopes build for a European financial rescue. Auto sales rise.
A strong start to November ended in a fade as Europe's debt problems worried investors. But bulls hope recovery signs will spark new buying.
The Dow hits a 2-year high before falling back to a 39-point gain when a rising dollar stalls the rally. Gold and crude oil tumble. Bank of America slides on mortgage fears.
Stocks rebound from Tuesday's drubbing. Boeing, Wells Fargo and airlines report strong results. Commodities rally on a falling dollar. The Fed's Beige Book sees 'modest growth.'
A morning recovery falls apart as a weak report on jobless claims disappoints investors. Wall Street cheers Nike earnings. Gold moves higher, and Starbucks raises prices.
The central bank sees weakness for the foreseeable future and promises to act to jolt the ailing patient. Stocks give up afternoon gains. The dollar and oil drop. Housing starts rise.
Profit-taking contributes to the sell-off. Worries grow that European banks need more capital. Gold moves higher. Oracle jumps after hiring former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd; HP sues.
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