Stocks made modest gains on Wall Street Tuesday, held in check by worries about a US-led attack on Syria. Stocks gave much of their early gain after the top Republican in Congress said he would support President Obama's call for the US to take action.
A controversial CEO, Ballmer has struggled to keep Microsoft relevant as the Internet and smartphones pass the PC by. Also this week: Fed minutes released, housing sales send mixed signals, J.C. Penney gets 'poison pill.'
Stocks rose on Wall Street Friday with a big jump in Microsoft lifting the Dow Jones Industrial average. Stocks stumbled at mid-morning after the government reported a plunge in new home sales, then drifted steadily higher in the afternoon.
Stocks closed down Wednesday after indications that the Federal Reserve would end its massive bond-buying program. That program has buoyed stocks recently, and signs that it may end pushed the market down Wednesday.