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Dow Closes Up 43, Nasdaq Ends Down 7

With the market’s close Friday, stocks had their first winning week since April.

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Dow Picks Up 64, Nasdaq Loses 8

Home builidng and a good jobs report drove a number of stocks higher Thursday. The pace of new home construction quickened last month and the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits fell last week to 414,000, more of an improvement than economists expected.

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Dow Falls 179, Nasdaq Finishes down 47

The worsening Greek debt crisis sank stocks and the euro on Wednesday. A report on manufacturing in the New York area also came in far below forecasts. That reignited fears that factory production, one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy, may be weaker than many economists had believed.

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Dow Climbs 123, Nasdaq Adds On 39

Stocks shook off a two-week slump following positive retail sales news. The government said retail sales edged down only 0.2% last month. Analysts had expected worse.

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Dow Inches Up 1, Nasdaq Drops 4

Corporate buyout deals nudged stock indexes higher Monday. When big companies use their cash to make an acquisition, it signals a belief that there are values in the market, said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer’s Investment Research.

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Dow Picks Up 75, Nasdaq Finishes Up 9

U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday for the first time in June. Stocks had dropped following poor reports on manufacturing, home sales, hiring and consumer confidence.

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Dow Finishes Down 19, Nasdaq Dips 1

Stocks fell again Tuesday after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy had not grown as quickly as had been expected so far this year.

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Dow Falls 61, Nasdaq Closes Down 30

Economic concerns sank stock markets for the fourth day in row Monday. Losses came across the stock market. All 10 industry groups in the S&P index fell. Energy and financial companies each lost 2%.

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Dow Drops 42, Nasdaq Finishes Up 4

Stocks were mixed Thursday following weak retail and jobless reports.

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Dow Picks Up 128, Nasdaq Gains 38

Stocks ended the down month of May on an up note Monday on signs that Germany might drop its demands for an early rescheduling of Greek bonds, paving the way for a deal that could prevent Greece from defaulting on its debt.

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Dow Closes Up 39, Nasdaq Rises 14

Rising consumer confidence lifted stocks Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend.

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Dow Gains 8, Nasdaq Finishes Up 22

Stocks edged up Thursday, shaking off weak economic news. Stocks reversed early losses and bond yields remained near their lowest level in a year after two reports suggested that the U.S. jobs market is recovering more slowly than economists anticipated.

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Dow Drops 25, Nasdaq Falls 13

Stocks swung between gains and losses throughout the day Tuesday, with Chevron Corp. and other energy companies posting the largest gains. Energy companies in the S&P 500 rose 1.3%, the most of the 10 industry groups in the index.

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Dow Loses 131, Nasdaq Closes Down 44

U.S. stocks plunged Monday on European debt worries. Another steep downgrade of Greece’s credit rating, a warning on Italy’s debt and a major defeat of Spain’s ruling party caused new worries about Europe’s debt crisis.

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Dow Rises 45, Nasdaq Picks Up 8

Shares of social networking company LinkedIn jumped 109% to $94.25 on the first day they began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “LNKD.” That drove stock markets higher Thursday.

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Dow Picks Up 81, Nasdaq Gains 32

A commodities rally sent stock indexes higher Wednesday. Oil gained nearly 4% to move back above $100 a barrel, due in part to a Dept. of Energy report that inventories of crude oil did not rise last week as expected.

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Dow Closes Down 69, Nasdaq Finishes Flat

Hewlett-Packard Co. fell more than 7% Tuesday after it lowered its earnings outlook for the rest of the year, partly because of weaker sales of personal computers. That, combined with concerns about the economy’s strength helped pull down other stocks.

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Dow Drops 47, Nasdaq Finishes Down 46

Debt concerns weighed on stocks Monday after European finance ministers approved $110 billion in rescue loans to Portugal on Monday, but have yet to decide on a second rescue package for Greece.

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Dow Closes Down 100, Nasdaq Loses 35

Signs that Europe’s debt troubles are larger than originally forecast upended financial markets Friday, sending the dollar up nearly 1% and erasing the week’s gains in the stock market.

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Dow Picks Up 66, Nasdaq Gains 18

Stocks edged higher Thursday as commodity slide eases. Consumer staples and health care led the market due in part to concerns that high gas prices will erode consumer spending and cut into corporate earnings.

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Dow Tumbles 130, Nasdaq Drops 27

Slumping oil and commodity prices halted the stock rally Wednesday. Demand for gasoline in the U.S. fell by the largest amount in seven weeks, the Energy Information Administration said, a signal that consumers are conserving money as gas prices near a national average of $4 a gallon.

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Dow Climbs 76, Nasdaq Finishes Up 29

Microsoft’s $8.5 billion Skype deal, another sign that cash-rich companies are starting to spend, lifted stocks Tuesday.

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Dow Picks Up 46, Nasdaq Finishes Up 16

Energy and metals stocks rose Monday with commodity prices, pushing indexes higher as well.

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Dow Falls 139, Nasdaq Drops 14

Stock markets fell Thursday as concerns grew that Friday’s jobs report may be worse than originally thought.

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Dow Falls 84, Nasdaq Gives Up 13

Stocks sank Wednesday after payroll processor ADP said companies added 179,000 new jobs in April, far fewer than economists had expected. That raised worries about what the government’s monthly jobs report for April will reveal when it’s released Friday.

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Dow Closes Flat, Nasdaq Finishes Down 22

Stocks wobbled Tuesday as the recent corporate earnings rally slowed down with weaker earnings announcements from Pfizer, Clorox, Molson Coors Brewing Co., and Beazer Homes.

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Dow Dips 3, Nasdaq Finishes Down 9

Stocks closed lower Monday despite news of Osama bin Laden’s death and strong earnings reports.

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Dow Finishes Up 47, Nasdaq Inches Up 1

Strong earnings from Catepillar drove the Dow higher Friday. The world’s largest maker of mining and construction equipment rose 2.5% after its earnings increased more than five-fold. The company also raised its sales and profit forecast for the year.

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Dow Gains 72, Nasdaq Finishes Up 3

Stocks rose Thursday despite a weaker GDP report as as investors bet that the economy would grow at a faster annual rate once gasoline prices stabilized.

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Dow Picks Up 96, Nasdaq Gains 22

Stocks rose Wednesday after the Fed said it expects the economy to grow as much as 3.3% this year.

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Dow Gains 115, Nasdaq Picks Up 22

Positive earnings reports drove stocks to new highs for the year Tuesday. The new highs continue a historic recovery in the stock market. Stock indexes have more than doubled since hitting a 12-year low in March, 2009. The fastest bull market since the 1950s has now erased most of the losses stemming from the financial crisis.

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Dow Drops 26, Nasdaq Edges Up 6

Stocks ended mixed Monday following corporate reports and rising commodity costs that made investors cautious.

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Dow Climbs 52, Nasdaq Gains 18

The Dow Jones industrial average closed at another 2011 high Thursday after blue chip earnings pushed stock indexes higher.

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Dow Jumps 187, Nasdaq Climbs 58

Strong tech earnings pushed the Dow near a three-year high on Wednesday. Intel rose 7.8%, the most of the 30 companies in the Dow average, after the chip-maker reported that its income rose 29% in the first quarter because of rising demand for personal computers. The results easily beat analysts’ expectations and allayed concerns that surging sales of tablet computers would hurt Intel’s results.

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Dow Picks Up 65, Nasdaq Gains 10

Johnson & Johnson rose 3.7%, leading the 30 companies in the Dow Jones industrial average, with earnings that beat Wall Street’s expectations. The health care heavyweight also raised its full-year profit forecast.

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Dow Rises 57, Nasdaq Picks Up 4

Manufacturing, inflation news sent stocks higher on Friday. The Federal Reserve reported that U.S. factories increased production for the ninth straight month. Separately, the Labor Department said consumer prices rose just 0.1% last month excluding food and gas prices.

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Dow Picks Up 14, Nasdaq Dips 1

Stocks edged higher Thursday, but leave banks behind. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. each fell more than 1%.

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Dow Finishes Up 7, Nasdaq Gains 17

Stocks edged higher Wednesday on better economic data. JPMorgan Chase & Co., the first big bank to release first-quarter earnings, reported net income that beat expectations.

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Dow Falls 118, Nasdaq Ends Down 27

Stock markets in the U.S., Asia and Europe fell Tuesday after Japan said the crisis at its crippled nuclear plant was as serious as the 1986 Chernobyl accident, though much less radiation has leaked.

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Dow Inches Up 1; Nasdaq Ends Down 9

Stocks weakened Monday after the International Monetary Fund said that higher gas prices could slow the pace of the U.S. economy and offset the boost from the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying stimulus program.