Today's stock market news focuses on earnings and the release of a backlog of economic data that was delayed due to the federal government shutdown.
Nearly 800,000 government employees are still furloughed and about 1 million asked to work without pay as the shutdown enters a third week with no resolution on the federal budget nor an agreement on the debt ceiling.
Investors are increasingly concerned that the conflict will not be resolved soon and fear the political stalemate will extend to the debt ceiling issue.
Without a debt ceiling resolution by Oct. 17, the United States would be in default, which would have a more damaging effect on the economy than this shutdown.
The biggest stock market news today: After five sessions of declines - the longest consecutive streak of losses so far this year - stocks finally closed higher.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 15,328.49, for a 55.23-point gain. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 5.90 to 1,698.67, and the Nasdaq closed up 26.33 at 3,787.43.
In stock market news today, new applications for unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to 305,000 last week, according to the Labor Department's report today. However, that number is slightly shy of the 300,000 new applications economists expected.
As for the gross domestic product (GDP), that report was unchanged, meaning the U.S. economy grew to the reported 2.5% in the second quarter.
Here are the biggest stocks making news today:
Stocks this week are off to a heavy start as investors await more speeches from nine U.S. Federal Reserve executives this week that could shed light on the timing of the quantitative easing (QE) taper. Three of those speeches are scheduled for today.
Comex gold prices are weighed this morning as the market hopes some of this week's comments from the Fed include insights into future monetary policy moves. Comex gold for December delivery is now trading at $1,324.76, down 0.37%.
In the week ahead in stock market news, the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration will continue to debate the U.S. budget and debt ceiling issues as investors will keep an eye on any new developments regarding Syria and U.S. action there.
After a summer of strong gains, stocks this week are in the red as tensions between Syria and the United States mount and investors fear near-term military action, likely as soon as this week. Other stock market news today weighing on shares includes the looming debt ceiling, with terms that U.S. President Barack Obama said he will not negotiate.
It's the numbers that count in this crazy world. They can tell stories that words simply can't. Here's a look at some of the fascinating, infuriating, amusing, depressing, and altogether important numbers that the world has put up on the board recently - and why you need to know them.
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The stock market today fell 70 points to 15,010; the S&P lost nearly 10 points; the Nasdaq fell 12. This marks the Dow's fourth straight day of losses - the first four-day losing streak of 2013.
That's why Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald spoke on Monday with FOX Business' Charles Payne of "Varney & Co."about just how low the stock market can go.
Fitz-Gerald looks at the stock market's support and resistance levels, and gives us a good picture of what to expect in the week ahead - and much more. He looks ahead to the Fed's Jackson "Black" Hole summit, and speculates on when the Fed's reindeer games will run out of gas.
It was the first back-to-back bruising since June 18th and 19th, when Fed “comments” drove the Dow 560 points into the ground. But you can’t blame the Fed for the latest pair of triple-digit routs. Not directly, anyway. Here’s what triggered all the action…
Stock market news today focuses on winners and losers in the tech and consumer spaces, as well as how the S&P 500 will come off of its largest weekly decline since June.
Last week was tough for stocks since this year has been filled with rallies. Stocks fell as investors tried to understand the timing of the Fed's tapering of its bond-buying program.
Surprisingly, the market still seems very sensitive to any news on the Fed cutbacks.
This week, the market may continue to react to any news from the Fed, although other economic indicators are likely to be in the foreground of investors' minds.
Stock market news today starts with Japan, which we learned saw gross domestic product rise 2.6% at an annualized pace from April to June - well short of the 3.6% growth economists expected. The Nikkei was down more than 5% last week and is down another roughly 1% this morning.
The stock market today is off to a sluggish start as investors brace for a week of important economic indicators.
Pending homes sales kicked off a week of tell-tale economic data this morning, while earnings season continues with Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Nasdaq: WYNN) reporting disappointing Q2 results.
Although the rent on the stored aluminum - Goldman isn't allowed to actually own the commodity - is just pennies a day, the vast amount of the metal it has stored in its 27 Detroit warehouses and the "warehouse shuffle" strategy that enables it to extend the rental period for months on end adds up.
Through the Metro International Trade Services subsidiary it bought in 2010, Goldman has accumulated 1.4 million tons of aluminum, which it stores at about 48 cents per ton per day. That's about $672,000 per day of revenue - nearly half a billion a year.
Experts say the warehouse shuffle game ultimately raises the price of aluminum to manufacturers - everything from beer and soda companies to automakers. That extra cost, about $5 billion over the past three years, is passed on to consumers - you and me.
Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to answer the big question: Will the stock market sell-off keep going?
Watch Gilani's full interview to find out how two huge factors will keep pushing down markets that have been falling since Ben Bernanke triggered triple-digit losses last week.