Wall Street news today, May 5, 2014: U.S. futures were in the red on Monday morning after new data indicated that Chinese manufacturing decreased for the fourth consecutive month in April. On Friday, all three major indices slipped after April's jobs report indicated erosions in the workforce participation rate.
Dow Jones Today: The markets slid on Friday despite the fact that the unemployment rate slipped to a five-year low.
The jobless rate fell to 6.3%, beating expectations of 6.6%. In April, the U.S. economy created 288,000 jobs, but the labor participation rate slipped to 62.8% from 63.2%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 46.04 points to finish at 16,512.83. The S&P 500 slid 2.56 points to close at 1,881.12, while the Nasdaq was down 3.55 points to finish at 4,123.90.
Today's financial news, May 2, 2014: This morning (Friday), the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the official U.S. unemployment rate fell from 6.7% to 6.3%, the largest single monthly drop since September of 2008.
U.S. markets were mixed on Thursday after a string of positive economic data improved the nation's outlook, despite higher weekly jobless claims.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 21.97 points to finish at 16,558.87 on Thursday on news that jobless claims were higher than expected and the International Monetary Fund committed $17 billion to stabilize the Ukrainian economy.
The S&P 500 was down 0.27 points to finish at 1,883.68, while the Nasdaq was up 12.90 points, closing at 4,127.45.
Wall Street news today, May 1, 2014: The markets closed on Wednesday in the black after the Federal Reserve committed to cutting another $10 billion from its bond-purchasing program.
This morning, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will speak to kick off a heavy economic calendar.
Premarket Movers today, April 30, 2014: U.S. stock futures are in the red this morning as the market awaits an update from the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) two-day meeting.
Dow Jones Today: Markets roared again on Tuesday on easing geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and stronger earnings results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 86.63 points to 16,535.37. The S&P 500 was up 8.9 points to finish at 1,878.33, and the Nasdaq rose 29.14 points to finish at 4,103.54.
Stock market news today, April 29, 2014: Tuesday sets up to be an interesting day for the markets as the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kicks off its two-day meeting. The markets were mixed yesterday, while shares of tech-giant Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) struck a 52-week high.
The Dow Jones today was topsy-turvy, surging in early morning trading on increased M&A activity, only to turn down sharply after lunchtime. It finished up 0.53% to 16,447 points. The Nasdaq ended flat, down 0.03% to 14,074 points and the S&P 500 was up 0.32% to 1,869 points.
Stock market news today, April 28, 2014: U.S. stock futures are in the black this morning on anticipation of increased mergers-and-acquisitions activity.
Dow Jones Today: A sharp Friday selloff turned markets negative for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 139.87 points to finish the week at 16,361.78. The Nasdaq dropped 72.78 points to finish at 4,075.56 and the S&P 500 was down 15.20 points to close at 1,863.41.
Consumer discretionary stocks like Amazon.com Inc. and Ford Motor Co. were off big in afternoon trading. Ford announced quarterly profits fell by 39% due to an increased allocation of money to fix defects and currency devaluations in South America.
In addition, uncertainty over Russia’s decision on how to handle Ukraine is wearing on investors.
It could be a tough day for markets. Violence in Ukraine has escalated, triggering concerns that Russia may invade the nation in the coming days. Following the killing of pro-Moscow rebels by Ukrainian soldiers, Russia has begun war games along the border.
Aside from the conflict in Ukraine, here are the five stories you need to know in the stock market today, including AMZN earnings, $1 trillion in merger mania, Warren Buffett on the "bubble," and more...
The Nasdaq rose this afternoon on Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) strong quarterly earnings. Though the three major U.S. stock indexes opened higher, the markets slid from their intraday highs.
Most of the volatility stems from concerns over Russian military drills starting on the Ukrainian border.
U.S. stocks slipped yesterday on lukewarm Chinese data and a 14.5% month-over-month slump in U.S. new-home sales. But after-hours trading was dominated by positive results in the tech sector, potentially setting up a big day for the markets.
U.S. stocks slid on the Dow Jones today (Wednesday). The index lost 0.08% to close at 16,501.65. The Standard and Poor's 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite were both unable to deliver a seventh consecutive winning session. The S&P dropped 0.22% to close at 1,875.39, while the Nasdaq fell 0.83% to finish at 4,126.97.
Despite the downturn, it was an extremely busy day on Wall Street and in the financial world, especially for tech giant Amazon and coffee king Starbucks.