Stocks rose Wednesday, on a day without any major economic releases. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 15,000 for a second day. Stocks have defied predictions that a sell-off would follow the spring surge as signs emerged that growth could be set for a slowdown.
Stocks rose on Wall Street Tuesday with the Dow Jones industrial average closing above 15,000 for the first time. Higher quarterly profits for companies including satellite TV provider DirecTV and watchmaker Fossil pushed stocks upward. The Dow Jones is up 15 percent this year.
Stocks overcame a morning slide to finish modestly higher, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index another record close. Worries about slower economic growth have rattled stocks this month, but they have consistently bounced back.
More than 100 people received Federal Reserve policy minutes some 24 hours before their scheduled release. Federal Reserve and federal regulators are looking to see if any stocks or other securities were traded based on the information.
Stocks ended higher on Wall Street Thursday, regaining half of its plunge the day before, as buyers returned to the market. Among stocks making big moves, electronics retailer Best Buy jumped $3.48, or 16 percent, to $25.13.
$1.4 trillion stimulus: Bowing to demands from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for more aggressive monetary easing, the Bank of Japan announced Thursday a policy overhaul intended to double the money supply and achieve a 2 percent inflation target.