Stocks fell initially on Japan's latest earthquake, but recovered some of their losses. The Dow average dropped 17 points; the S&P 500 index fell 2 points.
Dish Network and billionaire Carl Icahn are among those bidding for buy the video chain in a Manhattan bankruptcy court.
Dow rises 23 points to close at highest level in 34 months. But stocks on Nasdaq edge down.
The United States added 216,000 new jobs in March, mostly in the private sector job market, driving the unemployment rate down to 8.8 percent.
Stock market has done the opposite of a melt-down this quarter, despite crises in Egypt, Libya, and Japan. Without gains in just two sectors, however, the stock market would be far less buoyant.
Home loans pose quandaries for three owners in this reader mailbag. They can afford to pay down the home loans, but should they?
The US stock market gained for the week, with the Dow up 3 percent. Investors are regaining confidence in stocks despite developments in Japan, Libya, and Europe.
In recent weeks, the price of a barrel of oil has stayed at about $100 a barrel, and gasoline prices have been edging closer to $4 a gallon. The costs are apparently due to events half a world away, in the Middle East. Even though plenty of oil is around, there is fear of further disruptions, and consumers, business people, and politicians have all been making adjustments. Here are eight ways that higher energy prices are starting to affect America.
Dividend stocks again: JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp raise stock dividends after Fed clears the way.