Topic: CBOE Volatility Index

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  • Stocks surge on reassurance from Yellen

    Stocks jumped Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she would continue the central bank's market-friendly, low-interest rate policies. It's a positive shift for the stock market, which had its worst January since 2010 as concerns about growth in China and the US sent investors shifting from stocks to bonds.

  • Stocks edge higher on drop in jobless claims

    Stocks closed higher on Wall Street but only after giving up much of the ground they won earlier in the day. Good news on jobless claims and healthy earnings from name-brand companies like Royal Caribbean and Harley-Davidson encouraged investors to buy stocks.

  • Stocks fall on threat of Italy deadlock

    Stocks saw their worst decline in months Monday as Italy heads for political disarray. As stocks plunged, gauges of market sentiment indicated that investors were becoming more risk-averse and parking their money in defensive assets.

  • Asian markets cheer Spain's plans for reform (+video)

    Asian stocks edge up as debt-laden Spain unveils budget plans with sharp cuts in government spending. Euro and Japanese yen climb while dollar falls.

  • China manufacturing slows. Asian stocks fall.

    Chinese manufacturing is still contracting, but HSBC flash PMI suggests that the sector is starting to stabilize. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Australian exchanges all fall after weak Chinese manufacturing data. 

  • Stocks edge up on revised GDP

    Stocks rise as US revises upward its estimate of GDP growth from 1.5 to 1.7 percent. Among big stock movers, WellPoint climbs 8 percent; Heinz falls 2 percent. 

  • Stocks rise, but S&P flat for the year

    Stocks rise, but S&P flat for the year

    Stocks get a boost from an increase in pending home sales. With only two full trading sessions left in 2011, stocks are struggling to finish in positive territory.

  • Stocks fall late, erasing midday gains

    Stocks fall late, erasing midday gains

    Stocks slid in late afternoon trading. The Dow lost 66 points Tuesday to close at 11954, after gaining as much as 126 points earlier. Stocks on the Nasdaq and S&P 500 also suffered losses.

  • Stocks creep higher after steep losses

    Stocks creep higher after steep losses

    Stocks calmed down after Monday's big declines. Stocks on the Dow gained 69 points by noon Tuesday.

  • US stocks fall sharply after ECB inaction

    US stocks fall sharply after ECB inaction

    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.