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U.S. stocks surged on Thursday after heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar boosted its full-year profit outlook and an unexpected increase in euro-zone manufacturing eased worries about the global economy. Thursday’s economic reports had the four-week average of Americans filing for jobless benefits dropping to a 14-year low. The Conference Board’s index of leading indicators for September is expected …

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U.S. stocks turned lower on Wednesday, following the S&P 500’s biggest jump in a year, as investors considered quarterly earnings from Yahoo and other companies and the shooting of a soldier in Ottawa and reports of gunfire near Canada’s Parliament. “It hits close to home, and with everything going on in the world, perhaps it’s a …

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Investors daring enough to buy last week’s dip could have reaped big rewards from a cluster of large cap stocks. As of Tuesday’s close, 32 stocks in the S&P 500 have surged more than 10 percent since the market’s low on Oct. 15. The best S&P performer since the low is Chesapeake Energy. Shares have …

Stocks rally

What’s driving the latest rally and are the steep drops we saw last week behind us?

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After the October dip, stocks may be getting ready to rip. The S&P 500 is staging a bit of a recovery after last week’s plunge. Instead of that swift decline being a reason for concern, a historical analysis of similar situations suggests that the next few months could be sweet indeed for the market. In …

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

U.S. stocks opened lower on Monday, extending the S&P 500’s longest weekly loss streak since 2011, after International Business Machines cut its earnings forecast. “It’s not the entirety of technology. It’s not the entirety of the whole market, but a down 8 percent IBM is going to take the market down,” said Art Hogan, chief market …

Volatile market, stoic Fed

Steve Liesman takes a look at the public disagreement within the Federal Reserve over what it should do next.

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U.S. stocks surged on Friday as investors bet on further stimulus from central banks and corporations including General Electric and Morgan Stanley reporting profits that topped expectations. Morgan Stanley gained in early New York trading after the investment bank tallied third-quarter earnings that beat estimates. General Electric climbed after its quarterly profit exceeded expectations. The CBOE …

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the Alibaba Group IPO goes public.

Call it coincidence if you will, but the biggest initial public offering of all time also happened to hit Wall Street the same day the stock market peaked. Almost at the exact moment, actually: Just eight minutes after Alibaba‘s much-ballyhooed Sept. 19 IPO—which soared at the start but fizzled soon after—hit the market, the S&P …

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Stocks shook off steep losses, as small caps and transports moved higher Thursday, but strategists say the selloff will likely continue until investor psychology changes and they feel more pain. “I think there’s potentially more downside. My target on the S&P is around 1,800, the Nasdaq is around 4,000 and the Dow is 15,400,” said …

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U.S. stocks cut Thursday losses, with the S&P 500 shaking off losses to turn slightly higher, as investors weighed global worries against mostly better-than-expected U.S. earnings and economic reports. “The market is not trading off of fundamental news, it is trading off worries, whether it’s the importing of weak economic growth or Ebola,” said Mark …

Market volatility & small businesses

How is the volatility on Wall Street and falling energy prices impacting business owners on Main Street?