Ireland released its latest economic reports last week, and there's good news and bad news. On the one hand, Ireland's economy is no longer contracting; on the other, it isn't recovering at the same speed as some of its northern European neighbors.
US stocks slid for a sixth day Thursday as concern spread that weaker global economic growth will hurt US corporate earnings. The Dow fell as much as 112 points in early trading. It recovered to turn briefly positive before closing with a loss of 31 points, or 0.3 percent, at 12,573.