Air France A380: The world's biggest passenger jet half spins at smaller Delta jet at New York's JFK airport Monday night. This was the second time an A380 has hit another jet on the ground.
Dow falls 29 points as gold soars to new record and oil prices reach highest level since 2008. Traders focus on impact on stocks of a potential government shutdown.
Stocks fell initially on Japan's latest earthquake, but recovered some of their losses. The Dow average dropped 17 points; the S&P 500 index fell 2 points.
Unemployment report showing a gain of 216,000 jobs provided a lift for stocks. With unemployment rate at a two-year low, the Dow rose 56 points.
Airline tickets are more expensive as fuel prices rise. But an improving economy and industry consolidation are also pushing up the price of airline tickets.
Oil prices rose to $95 a barrel and stocks fell about 1 percent by midday. The surge in oil prices boosted oil company stocks.
The Consumer Price Index, a measure of the inflation rate, rose 0.4 percent in December and January. This is the first time the CPI has increased this much for two straight months since 2008.
As many fliers are discovering, airlines these days are canceling their flights well before a winter storm hits.
Promises of a warmer winter are not bearing fruit as new winter storm grips the South, bringing its largest city, Atlanta, to a full stop. Even the governor's inauguration event was canceled.