At the close, the Dow was down about 76 points, the Nasdaq was down about 31 points, and the S&P 500 was down about 11 points
Swings of hundreds of points up or down have investors wondering if the stock market is irrational. Analysts say the volatility reflects uncertainty about the economy. Get used to it.
A nosedive in stock prices doesn't mean a double-dip recession is inevitable. But investor sell-off could hurt an already weak economy by dampening consumer and business spirits.
The political deal to raise the debt ceiling averted a fiscal crisis, but a big question remains: Will the cuts in spending help or harm the economic recovery? So far the markets are unimpressed.
The GDP grew at an annual rate of only 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2011, announces the Commerce Department, which also revised first-quarter growth down to 0.4 percent.
Energy stocks got a boost from a deal that Southern Union Co. struck with Energy Transfer Equity LP. But even as energy stocks rose, others wavered Tuesday.
The Dow gained about 123 points, and the Nasdaq gained about 39 points, led by gains in energy
At the end of what looks like a campaign swing Tuesday, Obama is visiting Puerto Rico, the first sitting president to do so since JFK. Will it help him with mainland Hispanic voters in 2012?
Following a dismal performance Wednesday, the Dow fell about 41 points, the S&P 500 dropped about one point, and the Nasdaq gained about four points