Dow rises 75 points as stocks put together a three-day rally. But Microsoft falls after it announces purchase of Internet calling company Skype.
Following a strong show on Friday, the Dow rose 45 points, led by oil and precious metals
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke waded into politics Wednesday – but stayed in the shallow end. He avoided a partisan position, but made it clear that Congress needs to correct America's fiscal course.
Ratings agency changes Japan's long-term debt outlook from stable to negative. Aftermath of earthquake and tsunami could slow economy and boost debt, Standard and Poor's says.
Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who is expected to announce an official "exploratory committee" for a presidential run Tuesday, is known for his passionate espousal of free markets and sound money. To supporters, Congressman Paul has stood as a lone voice of reason in Congress, wiser than Wall Street. Critics see his views on issues like reviving a gold standard or ending the Federal Reserve as simplistic and more dangerous than the ills he hopes to cure. Here are his own words on key economic issues:
The Fed will hold its first-ever quarterly briefing, and new data will likely reveal sluggish economic growth for the first quarter
Technology stocks rallied, and the blue-chip index reached a high of nearly three years
Apple earnings to beat consensus, one analyst says. Also of note: Gold's new high and closing arguments in Rajaratnam insider-trading trial.