The big question is how long will the swoon last. The central bank remains worried that moderate economic growth isn't good enough, while growth world-wide is stallling.
An early sell-off turns into a rally. The question now is if the stock market will weather the next few months.
These leading financial companies are suitable for long-term, value-oriented investors.
May has been crummy for stocks for the past 3 years, and there are a few reasons to be concerned about May 2013 as well.
Shares drop after hours, after earnings and guidance from both high-flyers disappoint investors. The S&P nearly sets a new closing high.
Options trading was halted by a multi-hour breakdown. The delay prevented traders from gauging fear and hedging positions.
The company has stopped offering financing for gun purchases to small gun shops. The move comes after the Newtown shooting in December.
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All hail the bull market, which ended the week with a big rally. But it also is starting to look a little like 1987, which suffered an epic blow-out.
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