Poor stock selection is one of the biggest mistakes a trader can make. But how do you spot the good ones?
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.
The stock market is a roller coaster, rising and falling hundreds of points, sometimes in a single day. If it's stressful for investors, it wreaks emotional havoc on the traders who work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. As photographers have discovered over the years, the daily story of the stock market can be encapsulated in a single trader's face. Can you tell the market's performance based on the expressions of these traders? Take our 10-question stock market quiz:
Stocks on the Dow rise for the third day in a row, buoyed by falling jobless claims and better readings from leading indicators.
The Dow lost 200 points to close at 11766. Bank of America plunged 4 percent; other big banks also faltered.
Disrupted by police, Occupy movements in several major cities now mobilize largely during daytime hours or through marches designed around specific issues. Some are aligning with local community groups, churches, and unions.