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Dow Finishes Up 9, Nasdaq Picks Up 11

Stocks closed higher Wednesday following a report from payroll processor ADP said private employers added 217,000 jobs last month, well above the 180,000 analysts had predicted.

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Dow Falls 168, Nasdaq Finishes Down 45

Stocks fell Tuesday after oil rose $2.66 to settle at $99.63 a barrel amid unrest in Iran and Libya. Iran clamped down on anti-government protesters and forces loyal to Libya’s leader Moammar Gadhafi launched counter-attacks against rebels expanding control over the country.

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Dow Climbs 96, Nasdaq Finishes Up 1

Oil prices fell to about $97 a barrel Monday as worries over the global oil market eased after reports that some Libyan ports reopened to oil tankers and Saudi Arabia was boosting exports. The news boosted stock prices.

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Dow Finishes Up 62, Nasdaq Picks Up 43

Stocks recovered Friday after crude oil prices settled at $97.88, down from a high of $103 Thursday but still up 13 percent over the last week. Oil prices have been rising, sending stocks lower.

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Dow Closes Down 37, Nasdaq Gains 15

Stocks slid Thursday as traders worried that fighting could threaten Libya’s oil production and spread to other countries in the region, such as oil-rich Saudi Arabia. Higher oil prices can also slow the U.S. economy by increasing transportation costs.

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Dow Closes Down 107, Nasdaq Drops 33

Stocks fell for a second straight day Wednesday after clashes in Libya sent oil prices to two-year highs and technology giant Hewlett-Packard said its revenue growth was slowing.

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Dow Drops 178, Nasdaq Finishes Down 78

Unrest in Libya sent oil prices jumping 6% and rattling the stock markets Tuesday.

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Dow Gains 73, Nasdaq Finishes Up 2

With the Dow Jones industrial average’s gain on Friday, the index has lost ground only three days this month.

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Dow Finishes Up 30, Nasdaq Picks Up 6

Stocks pulled higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said its index of manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region nearly doubled between January and February.

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Dow Picks Up 62, Nasdaq Gains 21

Stocks rose Wednesday, driven ahead by news of strong earnings and deal news.

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Dow Falls 42, Nasdaq Finishes Down 13

Stocks fell Tuesday after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose just 0.3 percent in January, the smallest increase since June and half of what economists had predicted.

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Dow Dips 5, Nasdaq Finishes Up 8

Stocks closed mixed Monday after trading in a tight range through the day as investors weighed the impact of President Barack Obama’s $3.73 trillion budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

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Dow Rises 44, Nasdaq Finishes Up 19

Stocks rallied Friday after President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt relinquished power. Investors have been concerned during the nearly three weeks of anti-government demonstrations in Egypt that the unrest could spread to countries like Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest exporters of oil.

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Dow Drops 11, Nasdaq Inches Up 1

The Dow Jones industrial average ended an eight-day winning streak Thursday, entirely a result of Cisco’s 14%. Other indexes managed slight gains.

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Dow Inches Up 7, Nasdaq Drops Back 8

The Dow racked up its eighth straight day of gains Wednesday after major indexes traded lower for much of the day.

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Dow Closes Up 72, Nasdaq Adds 13

Tuesday marked the seventh day in a row that the Dow Jones industrial average posted a gain.

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Dow Picks Up 69, Nasdaq Gains 15

Deal news and positive earnings reports pushed stocks higher Monday.

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Dow Closes Up 30, Nasdaq Gains 15

Stocks shruged off a mixed unemployment report from the Labor Department Friday.

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Dow Adds 20, Nasdaq Finishes Up 4

A speech by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke helped push stocks higherThursday.

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Dow Picks Up 2, Nasdaq Finishes Down 2

The Dow traded in a tight range throughout Wednesday as investors weighed the impact of unrest in Egypt against better-than-expected news on the job market.

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Dow Gains 148 To Close Over 12,000

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time in two and a half years Tuesday, putting the Great Recession even farther in the rearview mirror and erasing most of the damage it inflicted on tens of millions of retirement accounts.

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Dow Picks Up 68, Nasdaq Gains 13

Stocks were pushed higher after Exxon Mobil Corp. gained 2.1% after it reported its most profitable quarter since 2008. Massey Energy Co. jumped 9.8% after Alpha Natural Resources Inc. said that it would buy the coal producer in a $7.1 billion deal.

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Dow Falls 166, Nasdaq Finishes Down 68

The Egyptian government’s response to widespread street protests unnerved investors Friday.

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Dow Inches Up 4, Nasdaq Picks Up 16

Stocks edged higher Thursday after a series of mixed earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average traded above 12,000 for most of the day but failed to close above that level for the second day in a row.

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Dow Gains 8, Nasdaq Jumps 20

Weak profit forecasts from Boeing Co. and Xerox Corp. weighed on the market, resulting in the Dow slipping after breaking 12,00 on Wednesday.

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Dow Dips 3, Nasdaq Picks Up 2

Stocks ended Tuesday flat after earnings from blue chip companies disappoint.

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Dow Gains 109, Nasdaq Picks Up 28

Rising technology stocks drove stock markets higher Monday after Intel Corp. increased its dividend and said it would buy back more of its stock.

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Dow Finishes Up 49, Nasdaq Slides 15

General Electric’s fourth quarter results helped send industrial companies in the Standard and Poor’s 500 index up 1.2% on Friday.

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Dow Falls 2, Nasdaq Finishes Down 21

Materials stocks fell Thursday on fears that China’s central bank will increase interest rates to slow down growth and keep inflation in check.

Dow Gives Up 13, Nasdaq Ends Down 40

Financial stocks pulled the stock market lower on Wednesday. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Visa Inc. each fell by more than 2%.

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Dow Picks Up 51, Nasdaq Ends Up 11

Indexes swung between gains and losses earlier in the day. Apple Inc. weighed on the Nasdaq composite index after the company announced that its CEO, Steve Jobs, was taking another medical leave. Apple fell 2.2 percent to $340.65.

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Dow Finishes Up 55, Nasdaq Gains 20

Banks took stocks higher on Friday, led by JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Dow Falls 23, Nasdaq Finishes Down 2

Stocks fell Thursday after the Department said first-time applications for unemployment benefits rose 35,000 from the week before to 445,000. It was the highest level since October and above what economists had predicted.

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Dow Closes Down 37, Nasdaq Picks Up 5

Stocks spent most of Monday lower ahead of the latest round of corporate earnings reports, especially those of telecoms.

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Dow Ends Down 23, Nasdaq Finishes Down 7

The Labor Department said Friday that 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.

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Dow Drops 26, Nasdaq Picks Up 8

Stocks ended lower Thursday after the Labor Department said that 409,000 people made first-time claims for benefits. That’s up 18,000 from the previous week, when applications fell to their lowest level in more than two years.

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Dow Gains 32, Nasdaq Finishes Up 21

Stocks moved slightly higher Wednesday following news that a survey from payroll processor ADP found that private companies added 297,000 jobs last month, nearly triple the number that economists were expecting.

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Dow Rises 20, Nasdaq Finishes Down 10

A stock rally paused Tuesday despite even a better-than-expected report on factory orders for November.

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Dow Climbs 93, Nasdaq Gains 39

Signs that the economy is improving pushed stock indexes higher on the first trading day of the year. Manufacturing activity and construction spending both rose more than analysts were predicting.

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Dow Ends Off 16, Nasdaq Closes Down 4

Stocks fell slightly Thursday as some investors are taking the last week of the month to sell and notch their profits. Others are selling stocks or funds that have lost money in order to reap the tax benefits.