Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher today, even as crude oil resumed its slide.
Stocks are higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street. Energy companies are leading the gains, even as crude oil resumed its slide.
Mounting signs of weakness in the global economy and a poor start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower today.
A monthly report suggests slow economic growth is likely in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead because low crop and energy prices are hurting business.
The stock market stayed at record levels today as investors remained confident that stimulus measures from the world's central banks would help revive global economic growth.
Analysts say there's "momentum favoring stocks right now."
Stocks are pushing farther into record territory as investors welcome China's move to stimulate its economy by lowering interest rates.
Stocks are back at record levels. That's because investors are encouraged by good news on housing, the job market and corporate earnings.
The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth.
The string of record-setting stock market performances is still intact. Pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies led a broad pickup in stocks today, extending gains for the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average.
It's a positive day on Wall Street so far, with the Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite all higher from the opening bell. Health care stocks are among the biggest gainers.
Forbes magazine's latest rankings of business-friendly states lists Minnesota as ninth overall, with North Dakota in at number two and South Dakota listed at 14th.
Stock indexes are ending the day mostly lower, breaking a string of five record high closes. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped a point to 2,038. The Dow Jones industrial average edged down nearly 3 points to 17,612. The Nasdaq composite rose 14 ½ points to 4,675.
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