Stocks rose sharply on Wall Street Wednesday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average to record highs. Technology stocks surged after network communication company Adtran reported earnings that were double what Wall Street analysts expected.
Stocks rose on Wall Street Tuesday with the Dow Jones industrial average closing at another record high. Materials and energy stocks led the gains following a surge in prices for commodities like copper.
Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Friday after the US economy showed a sharp slowdown in hiring in March. The March jobs report was far worse than economists had forecast and the news sent stocks lower.
Stocks ended higher on Wall Street Thursday, regaining half of its plunge the day before, as buyers returned to the market. Among stocks making big moves, electronics retailer Best Buy jumped $3.48, or 16 percent, to $25.13.
$1.4 trillion stimulus: Bowing to demands from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for more aggressive monetary easing, the Bank of Japan announced Thursday a policy overhaul intended to double the money supply and achieve a 2 percent inflation target.