Interest rates are likely to be left untouched at the Federal Reserve's meeting this week, but its unclear whether the Fed will restart some of its stimulus programs.
Unemployment claims jumped last week prompting a fall in stock prices Thursday.
Wall Street earnings are strong in the second quarter for US business giants Alcoa and CSX, helping the stock markets rise on Tuesday.
Currency charts: China’s yuan strengthened Monday, but the euro faltered. Dow average slipped 8 points.
Stock prices on the New York exchanges climb higher after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress the economic recovery is continuing.
The stock market rebounded somewhat Friday morning after news that the German parliament approved that country's portion of a large European bailout.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped below the 10,000 mark Friday morning amid worries about the Europe debt crisis, following big losses on Thursday.
Investors eked out modest gains last year, but now ill economic winds are whirling through Wall Street.