Chinese growth is slowing, European countries are struggling to emerge from debt, and expensive gasoline could damage the US economy. If oil doesn't sink soon, we could be in for trouble.
The Dow ends flat after analysts upgrade IBM. But the market is held in check by fluctuating oil prices and a slump in shares of networking companies. Molycorp. results cheer investors. Boston Beer's guidance disappoints.
Stocks have soared since the market bottom on March 9, 2009. But commodities have done even better. Here's a look at how U.S. markets have performed.
Analysis: Limits on conventional energy development and excessive optimism about alternative energy technologies are making the US more dependent on imported oil.
Banks, led by Bank of America, and airlines help the market end a 2-day slide. A big fall in oil is trimmed after analysts boost price estimates. Gasoline hits $3.52 a gallon. McDonald's February sales disappoint. Will Sprint buy T-Mobile?
Keep an eye on funds tracking oil, retail, gold, China's emerging middle class and Sweden's stable economy.
Fears that soaring crude will take out housing, banks, autos and commercial construction simply haven't materialized yet.
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