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2009-08-26 09:04:05

U.S. stock markets were lower in midmorning trading Wednesday, continuing the lackluster performance they registered toward the end of Tuesday's session. Analysts questioned whether the momentum the markets have shown in recent months may be reaching an end as the Dow Jones Industrial Average opened Wednesday by dropping 46.43 points to 9.492.66, a loss of 0.49 percent. The Nasdaq composite index was down 7.46 or 0.37 percent to 2,106.77, while the S&P 500 was off 5.65 or 0.55 percent to...

2009-08-26 11:25:12

U.S. stock markets were lower in early afternoon trading Wednesday, heading back into negative territory after getting a boost from positive housing news. New home sales surged in July, rising 9.6 percent over the previous month's rate, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday. But the news only briefly buoyed markets in late morning trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 10.36 points to 9.528.93, a loss of 0.11 percent. The Nasdaq composite index was down 8.39 points or...

2009-08-26 01:50:46

Japan's July trade surplus totaled 380 billion yen or $4.03 billion due to a sharp drop in imports while exports declined, the government said Wednesday. The July number was the sixth straight month of a surplus, the Finance Ministry said, Kyodo news reported. July exports fell 36.5 percent from a year earlier to 4,844.66 billion yen or $51.43 billion. During the same month, imports fell 40.8 percent to 4,464.42 billion yen or $47.4 billion, the report said. The ministry said the pace of...

2009-08-25 16:31:18

U.S. stock markets ended slightly higher in late afternoon trading Tuesday as investors tempered their reactions to positive consumer confidence findings. After spiking to new 2009 highs earlier in the session, the Dow Jones Industrial average ended by gaining 30 points or 0.32 percent to end at 9,539.29. It had been buoyed earlier by a Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index report indicating the index had moved by from 47.4 percent in July to 54.1, ending two straight months of...

2009-08-25 11:49:54

U.S. stock markets remained higher in early afternoon trading Tuesday as a key index of consumer sentiment delivered good news. The Dow Jones Industrial average had gained 93.04 points or 0.98 percent to 9,602.32, buoyed by a Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index report indicating the index had moved by from 47.4 percent in July to 54.1, ending two straight months of declines. The Nasdaq composite index was up 17.58 or 0.87 percent to 2,035.56, while the Standard & Poor's 500's...

2009-08-24 12:09:32

U.S. stocks moved higher in early afternoon trading Monday as investors built on a rally triggered by positive economic news. The increases followed Friday's news about higher-than-expected home sales and comments from Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke about emerging from the recession, analysts said. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.58 percent to 9,560.83, up 54.87 points. The Nasdaq index stood at 2,027.74, up 6.84 points for a 0.34 percent increase, while the Standard...

2009-08-21 15:57:22

Four U.S. stock indexes closed at peaks for the year Friday with stocks putting in a fourth consecutive day of gains. In Jackson Hole, Wyo., Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said prospects for a return to growth in the near term appear good. Earlier in the day, the National Association of Realtors reported positive numbers for existing home sales in July, a jump of 7.2 percent over June that marked the fourth consecutive monthly increase in the category. By close, the Dow Jones...

2009-08-21 09:16:22

U.S. markets headed higher early Friday on positive numbers from the housing sector. The National Association of Realtors said existing home sales rose 7.2 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.24 million homes. It was the fourth consecutive monthly increase in the category. In midmorning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average added 127.34 points, 1.36 percent, to 9,475.12. The S&P 500 rose 1.51 percent, 15.20 points, to 1,022.57. The Nasdaq composite index rose...

2009-08-20 09:35:34

U.S. markets extended a recent upswing Thursday morning in New York despite an increase in first-time jobless claims. The Labor Department said claims rose by 15,000 to 576,000 in the week ending Aug. 15. Economists had expected jobless claims to fall. In midmorning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 26.90 points, 0.29 percent, to 9,306.06. The S&P 500 rose 0.64 percent, 6.38 points, to 1,002.84. The Nasdaq index gained 11.66 points, 0.32 percent, to 1,980.90. The...

2009-08-19 15:16:29

U.S. markets regained their footing Wednesday after a 4.3 percent drop in the the Shanghai composite index in China prompted an early skid. The Shanghai index technically entered a bear market, falling 20 percent since Aug. 4. I see this as long overdue ... nothing ever goes up on a straight line forever, Stephen Davies, chief executive officer of Javelin Wealth Management, told The New York Times. U.S. markets bounced back from early losses with an 11 percent jump in American Axel and...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.