It's a monster week for earnings, with Apple, Intel, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Chipotle Grill and Goldman Sachs among companies set to report. Data on leading indicators and existing-home sales also are due.
Shares drop more than 5% after hours as operating expenses jump. The Dow ends with a small gain, led by Coca-Cola, Kraft and Merck. Crude oil tops $108 a barrel. Fears of lower PC sales hit tech stocks. Supervalu shares soar.
After leading the market for months, oil and gas stocks plummet as energy prices cool. Risky assets are following them down. But aren't lower energy prices a good thing?
A combination of foreign unrest, Arab recalcitrance and a plunging dollar is pushing energy prices into the danger zone.
The animosity in Washington and oil's relentless rally are intractable problems that will weigh on US stocks until July. Look for companies that are barely American to escape the morass.
Stocks stumble as silver crosses $40 for the first time since 1980 and gold hits a new high. Traders pile into commodities believing the Fed won't raise rates any time soon. A government shutdown looks likely. Techs are weak.
After a string of disappointing dry holes, Statoil finds a field that could keep production stable on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The Dow finishes up 33 as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft rally. Apple sags. Bed Bath & Beyond shares jump on strong 4th-quarter results. Gold briefly tops $1,460. But metals and chemical stocks fall back.
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