A surprisingly weak manufacturing report sent stocks lower Monday. December is historically the best month for stocks.
Rising stocks narrowly outnumbered falling ones on the New York Stock Exchange Friday. Investors remain cautious as 'fiscal cliff' budget negotiations continue in Washington.
Stocks rose modestly Thursday on hopes that a budget deal would be reached in Washington. Promising optimistic reports also sent stocks upward.
Stocks rose in afternoon trading Wednesday on signs that the US may avoid the 'fiscal cliff' after all. 'Fiscal cliff' concerns have weighed on stocks since the election.
Frustration from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over the fiscal cliff pushed stocks downward Tuesday. Worries about budget talks have been hanging over the stock market for weeks.
Stocks retreated after one of their best weeks of the year. Anxiety over the 'fiscal cliff' and European debt drove stocks down.
Dow drops less than 8 points despite Bernanke warming of 'fiscal cliff' dangers and HP disclosure that it will have to take an $8.8 billion charge for accounting 'improprieties' at a company it acquired last year.
Stocks had their biggest gain in two months Monday, breaking the post-election slump. Hope that Washington will reach a deal on the federal budget drove stocks upward.
Stocks closed lower for the third day straight Thursday after weak reports from the nation's retailers. Debate over the impending fiscal cliff is also weighing on stocks.
Stocks fell sharply Wednesday despite a signal from the Federal Reserve that it could launch a program to speed job growth.