Stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, ends the year just as it started. But stock market in fourth quarter staged an impressive rally, which could set the tone for 2012.
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.
With the housing market and auto sales showing some signs of life, pundits predict a better economy for 2012. But the ripple from a European downturn could erode the economic pace in the US.
Stocks rise modestly in the slowest trading day of the year. Stocks on the S&P 500 gain 11 points, pushing the index 8 points above its open at the beginning of the year.
Tech stocks fall after software giant Oracle says it's struggling to close deals. IBM and other tech stocks fall, too, while broader market is flat.
The Dow jumped 337 points to close at 12103 as good news from Europe combined with a surprisingly strong report on US housing sent stocks soaring through their best day of the month
The Dow lost 200 points to close at 11766. Bank of America plunged 4 percent; other big banks also faltered.
After an early rally, the Dow fell 2.42 points Friday to close at 11866 as worries resurfaced about a breakup of the Euro
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 calmed down after Monday's big declines. Stocks on the Dow gained 69 points by noon Tuesday.