Stocks on the Dow rise for the third day in a row, buoyed by falling jobless claims and better readings from leading indicators.
The Dow lost 200 points to close at 11766. Bank of America plunged 4 percent; other big banks also faltered.
Foreclosures are in a seasonal slowdown, but evidence suggests a new surge of foreclosures will arrive in 2012.
Stock market falls sharply, with the Dow losing 162 points, after two big ratings agencies said the fiscal pact between European leaders would make little difference in solving the region's debt problems. Intel's lower fourth-quarter guidance dragged the stock market down further.
US stocks were down near session lows in midday trading. The European Central Bank's announcement that it had no large-scale bond-buying plan undercut enthusiasm for US stocks.
The Dow rose 46 points to close at 12196.37 as optimism about a European debt crisis summit rose and fell
Protesting in public spaces is protected speech. But occupying homes and lots to protest foreclosures, while dramatic, could result in many lawsuits, robbing Occupy of money and momentum.
The Dow rose 78 points to close at 12097 after a threat to Germany's credit rating mostly erased an early morning rally