Sure, there are plenty of forces pushing stocks higher - record corporate earnings, small investors finally buying again, signs the U.S. economy may be strengthening, central banks flooding the financial system with money.
The price of oil rose to near $96 a barrel on Friday ahead of the release of Conference Board's index of leading indicators for the U.S. economy.
The continued optimism of American consumers helped give U.S. stocks a boost early Friday, putting the market on track for a fourth week of gains.
A gauge of future economic activity rose more than analysts had expected, as did a measure of consumer confidence, adding to evidence that the economy is maintaining a steady recovery.
A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build homes and a better job market.
A rule intended to loosen the largest U.S. banks' control over the trading of complex investments and help safeguard the financial system was weakened Thursday by regulators.
Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday following dour European economic data that dampened hopes of a recovery there anytime soon.
Investors snapped up the stocks of companies that make computer networking gear Thursday after industry leader Cisco Systems Inc.'s latest quarterly earnings raised hope that business is picking up after a long stretch of lackluster demand.
Cisco Systems led the Dow Jones industrial average slightly higher Thursday after the technology company reported higher sales.
It's getting tough to push this market higher, and a series of mixed economic reports Thursday didn't do the trick.
Shares of Google Inc. jumped Wednesday - passing the $900 mark for the first time - as the company kicked off its developers conference known as Google I/O. shares closed up 3.3% at $915.89 as the company delivered its opening keynote, which has so far included announcements of new developer tools and Google Play Music: All Access - a new ... (more)
So far in 2013, crude oil has formed a trading range between its Jan. 31 high at $98.24 and its April 18 low at $85.61. As a result of this range-bound trading the oils-energy sector became the cheapest of the 15 overvalued sectors, being overvalued by 6.2%. Back on April 4, I wrote, Oil Services Stocks: Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em? In this post, I ... (more)
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Wall Street started Wednesday in the red, but stocks resumed their march into record territory by the afternoon, with all 10 sectors of the market moving higher.
The Nikkei topped 15,000 for the first time in five years as the yen continues to weaken.