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April 12, 2016
Wall Street closes lower as investors ready for earnings
NEW YORK - Wall Street closed slightly lower on Monday, with gains in materials and banks countered by declines in consumer staples shares, as investors girded for the start of an earnings season expected to be gloomy. Equities gave up gains late in the day with the three major indexes...
April 12, 2016 - 6:41am
April 9, 2016
Wall St. ends higher but indexes post weekly losses
• • • A sharp rally in crude oil and energy shares lifted U.S. stocks on Friday, but indexes registered losses for the week. • U.S. crude oil settled more than 6 percent higher after data showed lower U.S. stockpiles, driving gains of 2 percent in the S&P energy index.
April 9, 2016 - 5:43am
April 8, 2016
Wall St. falls amid global growth worries
U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday as oil prices slid and worries about the global economy resurfaced, dragging down the dollar against the yen and causing investors to flee riskier assets. The S&P 500 posted its biggest daily percentage loss in about six weeks, while the growth worries...
April 8, 2016 - 5:40am
April 7, 2016
Wall Street rises with healthcare; oil rallies
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks jumped on Wednesday, bolstered by gains in healthcare shares after the collapse of the $160 billion merger of Pfizer and Allergan, and by a rise in energy shares. Minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting suggested the Fed was unlikely to raise interest...
April 7, 2016 - 5:42am
April 2, 2016
Wall Street off to a solid start in April
• • • Wall Street extended a seven-week rally on Friday after upbeat U.S. jobs and factory data hinted at stronger corporate earnings without increasing concerns of potential U.S. interest rate hikes. • The Labor Department's report showed solid gains in nonfarm payrolls...
April 2, 2016 - 6:34am
April 1, 2016
Feeble finish to a tempestuous quarter on Wall Street
• Wall Street ended the first quarter with a whimper on Thursday after a seven-week rally that rescued the S&P 500 from its worst start to a year since 2009. • Angst about a troubled global economy drove a steep selloff in stocks in January, before a rebound in oil prices cleared...
April 1, 2016 - 6:47am
March 31, 2016
Wall Street plows higher as anxiety falls to seven-month low
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks plowed further into positive territory for 2016 on Wednesday, helped for a second session by comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that eased anxiety about potential interest rate hikes. MetLife and other financial stocks led the market higher with...
March 31, 2016 - 6:35am
March 30, 2016
Wall Street hits 2016 high after Yellen delivers
The S&P 500 closed at its highest in 2016 on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen called for caution on raising interest rates - music to Wall Street's ears. In her first comments since the Fed held steady on rates earlier this month, Yellen said global risks remained,...
March 30, 2016 - 6:35am
March 24, 2016
Wall Street rally fizzles out as oil, materials fall
NEW YORK - Wall Street closed lower on Wednesday as oil and materials share prices dropped while investors remained cautious a day after deadly bombing attacks in Belgium. The benchmark S&P 500 index fell back into negative territory for the year after closing positive on Friday for...
March 24, 2016 - 6:42am
March 19, 2016
S&P 500 turns positive for 2016 as recession fears fade
NEW YORK - The S&P 500 closed positive for the year on Friday for the first time in 2016 as the U.S. Federal Reserve's dovish tone and a strengthening economic outlook compelled investors to take on more risk. In part, the rally was a continued reaction to the Fed's move on Wednesday,...
March 19, 2016 - 5:34am
March 18, 2016
Dow closes positive for year as commodities rally, dollar dives
NEW YORK - Wall St moved higher on Thursday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average into positive territory for the year, as commodity prices rose on the back of a weaker U.S. dollar to boost shares in the energy and materials sectors. The Dow's move into positive territory came...
March 18, 2016 - 5:50am
March 17, 2016
Wall Street closes at 2016 high as Fed signals fewer rate hikes
NEW YORK - The S&P 500 closed at its highest level of the year on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates untouched and signaled fewer rate hikes in coming months. The Fed indicated moderate U.S. economic growth and "strong job gains" would allow it to tighten...
March 17, 2016 - 6:31am
March 16, 2016
Energy, health stocks weigh as Wall St waits for Fed
NEW YORK - A decline in energy and healthcare stocks weighed on Wall Street on a relatively quiet Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting. Global markets fell and the yen rose earlier in the day after the Bank of Japan's lowered...
March 16, 2016 - 6:34am
March 15, 2016
Wall Street ends flat as Fed meeting looms
NEW YORK - Wall Street closed little changed in light trading on Monday as consumer discretionary gains countered losses in energy shares and investors laid low ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. The Fed is not expected to raise interest rates at the two-day meeting, which...
March 15, 2016 - 6:30am
March 12, 2016
ECBs stimulus, firmer oil push S&P to 2016 high
The Dow and S&P 500 rallied on Friday to their best close of 2016 as investors embraced the European Central Bank's stimulus measures and steadying oil prices drove up energy shares. Investors shook off skepticism over the ECB's stimulus package disclosed on Thursday, which was overshadowed...
March 12, 2016 - 6:19am