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  • Stocks held back by Syria worries

    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.

  • Energy Voices Missile test boosts oil prices. Would US tap emergency oil supply? (+video)

    A joint US-Israel missile test Tuesday boosted oil prices and renewed worries that a spread of conflict in the Middle East could block oil supplies. If oil prices continue to rise, would the US tap emergency oil supplies to avoid damaging a fragile economic recovery?

  • Energy Voices How shale boom insures US against possible military strike on Syria

    The possibility of a military strike on Syria has investors worried an attack could spread trouble across the Middle East and cut off oil supplies. But, for the first time in 50 years, the US is not as worried about disruptions to the oil markets, resulting from a possible military strike on Syria, as domestic production is at a 20-year high.

  • Stocks post mild gains on good economic news

    Stocks rose on Wall Street Thursday as positive news on the US economy overtook concerns about a US-led strike on Syria. Apart from Syria, it has been a relatively quiet week for stocks.

  • Energy Voices Military strike on Syria? Threat boosts gas prices for Labor Day travel (+video)

    A possible military strike on Syria pushed up gasoline prices Thursday by 1.8 cents a gallon, the biggest one-day jump in a month. But they're still 27 cents below the Labor Day price last year and prospects of a delay in a military strike on Syria may keep them from rising much during the big driving holiday.

  • Stocks inch higher to break four-day decline

    Stocks closed mostly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, breaking four straight days of losses. Bond yields pulled back, relieving investors and pushing stocks upward.

  • Energy Voices Gas prices fall. Good news for Labor Day travel?

    Gas prices fell slightly from a week ago, following a general downward trend for gas prices over the past few months. That's good news for motorists gearing up for Labor Day travel in the coming weeks, but a host of variables could reverse the trend. 

  • Energy Voices Egypt unrest pushes up oil prices for fifth day straight

    Clashes in Egypt have added to growing anxiety over supply disruptions in the Middle East, driving oil prices upward for five days straight. A stronger supply of North American oil should help protect from long-term effects of Egypt unrest, analysts said. 

  • Stocks tread water. Apple rises on iPhone news.

    Stocks ended relatively flat on Wall Street Monday but corporate deal stories and technology stocks were bright spots. Apple rose after the blog AllThingsD said the company would release the latest version of its iPhone on Sept. 10. 

  • Stocks rise after tepid jobs news

    Stocks rose Friday despite the US adding fewer jobs than forecast in July, curbing optimism that the economy is poised to pick up strength in the second half of the year. Stocks gradually recovered throughout the day and major indexes ended slightly higher.