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.
The Dow dips 31 as investors don't commit much to the market before Friday's big jobs report. Gold hits a new high. Energy stocks move higher with oil prices. Corn and wheat prices jump. Berkshire Hathaway falls on Sokol resignation.
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There are plenty of reasons to be bullish about stocks, but the market faces big challenges first. For instance, can energy stocks, which had a huge quarter, continue to lead the market higher?
Sooner or later, the US will embrace energy independence and will need more fuel from its vast reserves. For that, you'll need Enbridge.
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Industry giants like Caterpillar aren't the only players that will benefit from post-quake reconstruction.
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Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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