Weak earnings drag US stocks lower in early trade

Weak earnings drag US stocks lower in early trade

NEW YORK After hitting a record high the day before, the stock market moved lower in early trading Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing results from Best Buy, Citigroup and the railroad operator CSX.

Susan Tompor: Reasons to think the economy is slumping

Frankly, deciding whether to invest money in stocks ends up too much like picking sides lately.

Romney discloses sale of stocks in dozens of companies over past year

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday disclosed selling his stakes in dozens of companies over the past year, including investments in several overseas companies that might have undermined his increasingly tough campaign vows to creat…

Susan Tompor: Economist Shiller cautions the exuberant

Robert Shiller — a Yale University economist who made his mark predicting the two big bubbles in stocks and housing — isn't terribly surprised that many people aren't convinced that the U.S. economic recovery will stick.

NewsWatch: U.S. stocks rise after upbeat jobs report

U.S. stocks gain after data show the economy added more jobs than expected last month, furthering optimism that the American recovery continues.

London close: Stocks finish down with Greece in focus

LONDON – - Oil rises on supply concerns. – PBOC to keep buying Eurozone debt. – Samaras to honour terms of new package.

Senate passes insider-trading bill

Aiming to restore voters' faith in Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that makes clear it's illegal for members of Congress, their staffs and many executive-branch employees to trade stocks and other securities based o…

Gail MarksJarvis on the year in Chicago stocks

In a fearful investing year like 2011, stocks of large, stable, quality Chicago companies with long histories of delivering dependable dividends did better than others. See our report on the best and worst Chicago-area stocks of 2011.

NewsWatch: U.S. stock rally lifts indexes into weekly gains

U.S. stocks surge, lifting two major indexes into weekly gains as optimism ahead of a weekend European Union summit, the past days? economic data and McDonald’s Corp. profit triggered buying momentum that built into the close.

NewsWatch: U.S. stocks gain; Dow suffers worst week since 08

U.S. stocks ended higher Friday but tumbled for the week, sending the Dow average to its worst weekly loss since 2008, with investors alert to any sign of policy makers acting further to bolster the global economy.