Watch Spanish bonds, Apple, Caterpillar, McDonald's, Ford and Facebook.
The blue chips close up 81 to their best level since May 2011. The central bank sees slightly lower growth but continued high unemployment. Apple briefly tops Exxon Mobil as the world's most valuable company. The dollar moves lower. Gold tops 1,700.
The new CEO earned nearly $378 million in the past fiscal year, most in restricted stock. And the value of Steve Jobs' shares grew by $1.2 billion in the last 2 years of his life.
The central bank sees some economic improvement but worries about weak job markets and Europe. Oil tops $100 on Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz. Best Buy shares sag on weak results.
Subscribers give up on the video-rental company. The Dow rises 105 points as Caterpillar batters estimates. Europe inches toward a deal on its debt-and-banking crisis. Oil jumps above $91.
The Dow ends down 72 as an early rally stalls after a Fed report shows a struggling economy. Europe's debt solution may not come quickly. Tech shares mostly slide after Apple's iPhone sales are less than expected. Housing starts jump.
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.
Sales of Windows 7 fuel growth for the software giant. Stocks end flat as 3M's decline pushes the Dow lower, but traders appear to be waiting for next week's election and Fed meeting.
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