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IN THE BLACK Tips To Hosting a Cookie Exchange
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NEW YORK (AP) — Lurching higher in its week of whiplash, Wall Street recorded one of its biggest gains of all time Thursday after investors seized on a few signs that the economy might just be able to avoid a new recession.
NEW YORK — Four days, 480 points.
That’s how the Dow Jones industrial average closed the final four days of June. The Dow added more than 150 points on Thursday alone after Greece cleared the final hurdle needed to receive its next installment of emergency loans. A pickup in manufacturing around Chicago also pushed indexes higher.
By David K. Randall and Francesca Levy, The Associated Press
, July 01, 2011
NEW YORK — Weaker than expected sales reports from retailers and another large number of claims for unemployment benefits left stocks with a mixed finish on Thursday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average took its biggest dive in nearly a year.
By David K. Randall and Matthew Craft, The Associated Press
, June 03, 2011
NEW YORK — Stocks dropped Friday after another spike in oil prices overshadowed a report that the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly two years.
Crude oil rose 2.5 percent to $104.42 a barrel, the highest level since September 2008, after fighting in Libya escalated. Markets have been rattled over the past two weeks as higher oil prices threaten to undermine the economic recovery by increasing transportation and production costs.
By David K. Randall and Matthew Craft, The Associated Press
, March 05, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for a third day Thursday as concerns continued over how violent clashes in Libya would affect the global oil market. Major indexes pared steeper losses in the afternoon after oil prices fell for the first time in nine days.
NEW YORK — A disappointing jobs report dragged stocks lower Friday. Banks took a hit after a Massachusetts court upheld a ruling in a foreclosure case against U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co. that could lead to more trouble for lenders.
The Labor Department said employers added 103,000 jobs in December, less than analysts expected. Job growth has remained sluggish in the U.S. since the recession ended in June 2009.
By Chip Cutter and Matthew Craft, The Associated Press
, January 08, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended mixed in a light day of trading Thursday after reports showed small improvements in consumer spending and the job market.
The Commerce Department reported that consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in November from the month before. That was slightly below expectations of a 0.5 percent gain.
NEW YORK (AP) — A small drop in unemployment claims and a higher profit forecast by FedEx Corp. helped push stocks to two-year highs Thursday.
The Labor Department said first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to 420,000, the third drop in four weeks. The four-week average of claims also slid for the sixth straight week, reaching the lowest level since July 2008. That was before Lehman Brothers collapsed and markets seized up at the height of the financial crisis.
NEW YORK — Stocks closed mixed Thursday as traders waited to see whether a tax compromise brokered by the White House and Republicans will pass the Democratic-controlled House.
House Democrats pledged Thursday to reject the tax deal as it is currently written. The compromise reached by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders would extend tax cuts at all income levels for two years. House Democrats want tax rates for the wealthiest Americans to revert to their previous levels.
By David K. Randall, The Associated Press
, December 10, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled Thursday after a disappointing outlook from Cisco Systems Inc. rattled a market already on edge as an economic summit of world leaders got under way in South Korea.
Global leaders were sharply divided over currency and trade policies heading in to the Group of 20 summit meeting in Korea, and a sense of pessimism was hanging over the start of the meeting of top officials from rich and emerging economies.
NEW YORK — The Federal Reserve wanted to push interest rates lower and jump-start financial markets with its $600 billion economic stimulus plan. So far the Fed is getting the results it wants.
Long-term interest rates sank and stocks indexes hit new highs Thursday, a day after the Fed announced its massive bond-buying plan. The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 220 points, reaching another high for the year. All three main stock indexes have now reached 2010 highs this week.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have made back almost all their earlier losses and closed slightly lower, ending a four-day winning streak. The Dow had fallen as much as 70 points on concerns about the foreclosure practices at major banks including JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America.
The banks, which are being investigated by state attorneys general, have suspended foreclosures while they review whether they were complying with the law when they foreclosed on delinquent mortgages.
NEW YORK (AP) — A September stock rally weakened on Thursday as investors were disappointed by a jump in unemployment claims and more signs of trouble for Europe’s economy.
The market got off to a bad start after applications for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. European stocks also sank after following a lower reading on business activity in the 16 countries that use the euro and news that Ireland’s economy shrank 1.2 percent in the second quarter.
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