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.
Exaggerated fears that high gas prices will bring about the return of the 'staycation' this summer have pressured share prices of these travel stocks down to bargain levels.
The fund has become increasingly disjointed from its underlying index, so just watch it from the sidelines for now.
Keep an eye on geopolitical events and funds tracking energy, agriculture and emerging European markets. With video on ETF trends.
The Dow gains 57 in a rally fueled by news of lower unemployment and 216,000 jobs created in March. But weakness in Apple weighs on stocks. Automakers -- except Toyota -- report strong March sales. A takeover fight erupts over the NYSE.
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The idea of US crude being a shelter from turmoil abroad may not be as far fetched as it seems.
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