Rebuilding will run down the stricken nation's financial wealth to replace lost physical assets.
Japan's earthquake and tsunami and the crisis in the Middle East and North Africa will weigh heavily on several funds.
The Dow closes up 60 points. Japanese stocks plunge after the massive earthquake and tsunami. Crude oil drops to $101. Apple rises as iPad 2 sales begin.
American Apparel's chief lawsuit officer. Talks about tapping the country's oil reserves. Radient's relationship issues.
The blue chips drop below 12,000 for the first time since Jan. 31. News that Saudi police disperse protesters worsens a slumping market. Oil drops. Weekly jobless claims are worse than expected. Green Mountain Coffee will sell Starbucks coffee.
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.
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