Stock Market News, July 14, 2014: U.S. markets rallied on Monday as concerns over European debt subsided and investors took a more optimistic stance on second-quarter profit season. The financial sector led the charge ahead of their earnings this week. Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) were all up more than 1% on the day.
Stock market news today, July 10, 2014: At its worst, the Dow Jones was down 180 points intraday. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX), typically known as the Fear Index, jumped more than 5% this afternoon.
On the jobs front, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits reached a seven-year low.
Stock market news, July 8, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday) plummeted more than 150 points in the morning, and closed the day with a 117.59-point loss. This is the largest one-day decline in nearly two months, as investors remain cautious ahead of corporate earnings season. Eight of the ten S&P sectors were down on the day, with utilities and consumer discretionary stocks as the lone gainers.
Stock Market Today, July 7, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 50 points as investors weren't willing to take risky positions ahead of earnings season. Cyclical and small-cap stocks lagged the hardest this afternoon. The CBOE Volatility index soared more than 11%, the largest hike in nearly three months. The bounce was significant, as the index hit its lowest level since February 2007 last Thursday.
Stock market news, July 2, 2014: Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones today (Wednesday) were able to just barely finish with fresh record highs. The Nasdaq was mostly flat but finished slightly down.
Wall Street news today, July 1, 2014: U.S. stock markets were flat on Monday, but that represented good news as the second quarter came to a close. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished up for a sixth consecutive quarter, and the S&P 500 posted its best second-quarter gain since 2009.
Stock market today, June 30, 2014: U.S. stock markets were flat on Monday, but that represented good news as the second quarter ends. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished up for a sixth consecutive quarter. The S&P 500 posted its best second-quarter gain since 2009.
Stock market close, June 27, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Friday) was flat despite a rise in consumer sentiment. Next week, look for a heavy slate of economic reports, including the June unemployment report, factory orders, and the ISM manufacturing composite index.
Stock market news, June 26, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and other U.S. markets dipped Thursday on news of weaker consumer spending. Additionally contributing was a rise in a critical inflation gauge in the domestic economy.
The stock market today (Wednesday) rose despite news that the U.S. economy slumped more than expected in the first quarter. Revised GDP figures for Q1 revealed the worst non-recession performance in four decades, with a 2.9% slip. The decline is also the sharpest downturn in five years, and is a significant revision from the 1% decline tallied in April.
Dow Jones Today, June 24, 2014: The U.S. stock market dipped on Tuesday despite continued positive economic data in consumer confidence and domestic housing markets. Consumer confidence struck its highest monthly level since January 2008. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that new home sales increased 18.6%, reaching a seasonally adjusted rate of 504,000 units for the year. This is the highest level since May 2008.
Stock market today, June 23, 2014: U.S. stock markets dipped on Monday as corporate mergers continued to make headlines and the United States saw home sales rise for a second consecutive month. Last month, sales of previously owned homes increased by 4.9%, the fastest one-month gain since August 2011.
The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil was up 0.83% to $107.26 a barrel. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note remained in Friday's range of 2.61%.
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