S&P 500, Dow Erase Early-Year Losses

U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 index turning positive for 2016 in the wake of a dovish Federal Reserve that helped the gauge post its longest weekly winning streak since November. The equity benchmark joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average to advance for the year, staging one of the biggest turnarounds in history. The Dow surged 12 percent in 24 days through Thursday, boosted by seven separate daily advances...

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U.S. Stocks Halt Slide Amid Oil Rally

New York — U.S. stocks halted a five-day slide that dragged global equities into a bear market, as oil rebounded with its best day in seven years and bank shares jumped the most since 2011. Treasuries had the biggest drop of the year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index’s rally trimmed its loss for the week to less than 1 percent amid data showing higher retail sales. Lenders rallied 4 percent after JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie...

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Stocks Lose Ground As Jobs Report  Disappoints Market
Feb07

Stocks Lose Ground As Jobs Report Disappoints Market

New York — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month. Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had their worst day in history. Energy and consumer discretionary stocks fell as oil prices declined and investors continued to worry that the risk of the U.S. economy slipping into recession, while low, is...

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Some Funds Offer Stability, But at a Price
Jan31

Some Funds Offer Stability, But at a Price

New York — Freaked out by the stock market’s big swings? Then the investment industry has something it built just for you: funds that hope to offer a steadier ride. That sounds especially comforting after this year’s jarring start for markets, in which drops of more than 1 percent have become typical. But be careful, the funds carry their own risks. These mutual funds and exchange-traded funds own stocks that could charitably be...

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Stocks Soar to Finish A Tough Month

New York — Stocks soared on the last trading day of January, with Microsoft, Visa and other tech stocks making the biggest gains in a broad market rally Friday. Indexes rose throughout the day and finished with their biggest gains in about five months. Asian stocks jumped after the Bank of Japan moved to stimulate the economy, and European markets also rose. In the U.S., tech stocks climbed following strong quarterly results from...

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