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Trader Robert McQuade works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Dow average closes above 16,000 for first time ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is closing above 16,000 for the first time as encouraging news on the job market pushes stocks higher. Applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to […]

11/21/2013

A board on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the record closing number for the Dow Jones industrial average. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Dow hits another high on hiring surge last month

NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpectedly strong jobs report gave stocks a lift on Friday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average back to an all-time high. The gains were led by banks, such as Bank […]

11/08/2013

Stocks start higher after a record-setting October

  NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher at the end of a record-setting week. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 62 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,607 shortly after trading began Friday. The […]

11/01/2013

A specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

No October jinx this time for the stock market

NEW YORK (AP) — October, with its history of big crashes on Wall Street, didn’t scare off investors this time. To the contrary, the stock market seemed unstoppable. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed […]

10/31/2013

A Wall Street sign is seen at an entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,)

S&P 500 makes small gain to log another record

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor’s 500 index notched another record close on Monday by a tiny margin as good news from J.C. Penney helped offset disappointing earnings from several U.S. companies. J.C. […]

10/28/2013

Trader Kevin Lodewick, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks surge after Senate reaches deal on US debt

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are surging on Wall Street after Senate leaders reached a deal that would avoid a U.S. default and reopen the government after 16 days of being partially shut down. The […]

10/16/2013

Trader Robert McQuade works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks rise as debt talks continue in Washington

The closer Washington gets to a deal over the debt ceiling, the higher stocks go. Stock prices rose for a second day in a row on Friday as investors bet against a U.S. debt default. […]

10/11/2013

Trader Kevin Lodewick, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Wall Street exhales as threat of US default eases

NEW YORK (AP) — You can almost hear Wall Street exhaling. The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 300 points Thursday after Republican leaders and President Barack Obama finally seemed willing to end a […]

10/10/2013

Specialist Fabian Caceres works  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks fall as government shutdown drags on

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its lowest close in a month Monday as few signs emerged of a deal to end the U.S. government shutdown and raise […]

10/07/2013

Trader Robert McQuade works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Encouraging news on jobs, retailers lifts stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Upbeat news about jobs and retailers lifted the stock market in early afternoon trading Thursday. Unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years, the government reported, and J.C. […]

09/26/2013

Specialist Jason Notter, left, and trader Edward Curran work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Why the stock market is having a chilly August

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been a chilly August for the stock market. At the start of the month, the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index hit all-time highs. Now the […]

08/20/2013

Specialist Jason Notter, left, and trader Edward Curran work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks drop for a fourth straight day

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dropped for a fourth day in a row Monday as investors continued to express worry about the recent rise in bond yields. Banking stocks also dragged down the broader […]

08/19/2013

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