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Stocks turn lower despite Asian gains, ahead of US data
A trader watches his screens at the stock market in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Global financial markets shrugged off the election victory of an anti-austerity party in Greece, with most investors appearing to conclude on Monday that it is unlikely to lead the country to fall out of the euro. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Updated: 7:17 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Stocks fell in Europe and were expected to open lower on Wall Street on Tuesday as investors looked to upcoming corporate earnings and economic data in the U.S. Earlier, Asian markets mostly closed higher. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 slipped 1.1 percent to 4,623.57 and Germany's DAX was off by ...
Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease
People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 43.23 points or 0.25 percent and closed at 17,468.52 for the day. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Updated: 10:58 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece's election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average jumped 1.3 percent to 17,696.95 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,944.08. Australia's ...
Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in
Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Anti-bailout Syriza, led by the 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, won Sunday's snap general election, but it was unclear whether he would have enough seats in parliament to form a government alone, or whether he would need the support of a smaller party. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Updated: 4:03 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister. Hours earlier, the 40-year-old's Syriza party trounced the outgoing, conservative government in Sunday's national ...
Low inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks with reporters at the Federal Reserve in Washington. The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be “patient” in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Updated: 12:46 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while. Though the U.S. economy has steadily improved, inflation has dipped further below the Fed's target rate. Chalk it up ...
Stocks down slightly as investors shrug off eurozone fears

Updated: 9:41 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

The U.S. stock market is opening slightly lower as investors shrug off an election victory by a Greece party opposed to that country's bailout plan. The main focus in markets was Sunday's victory by Syriza, a left-wing party that has vowed to end Greece's painful austerity policies. The Standard & ...
Stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak; UPS slumps
Trader Daniel Ryan works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The stock market finished lower, snapping a four-day winning streak, as U.S. companies report mixed quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 141 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,672. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Updated: 5:29 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses this week. Shares of tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark dropped after the company's earnings fell short of expectations and it gave a disappointing outlook. Package-delivery service UPS plunged after it cut its ...
Online storage provider Box soars in Wall Street debut
Box, Inc. Chairman, CEO & co-founder Aaron Levie waits for his company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Box Inc. shares soared 56 percent in their stock market debut, after the online storage provider raised $175 million in its initial public offering. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Updated: 4:52 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Box's shares soared 66 percent in their stock market debut Friday despite the online storage provider's decade-long history of losses, a showing that may encourage more unprofitable technology startups to go public this year. The start on the New York Stock Exchange came after Box Inc. sold 12.5 million shares ...
UPS takes a hit during the holidays, cuts outlook
In this June 20, 2014 photo, the United Parcel Service logo is seen on the side of a truck as driver Marty Thompson is reflected returning from a delivery in Cumming, Ga. The huge cost of ensuring timely deliveries cost UPS during the holidays and the shipping company is now cutting its outlook for the year. Shares plunged nearly 10 percent in premarket trading Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Updated: 2:09 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

UPS spent heavily to avoid last year's debacle over the holidays, when an unexpected crush of last-minute shipping and terrible weather led millions of late deliveries. It succeeded in making customers happy, but it cost the company. UPS cut its outlook for the year Friday and warned that fourth-quarter earnings ...
US reports slight decline in union membership during 2014

Updated: 1:54 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's just a fractional drop from the year before. The department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said public-sector workers have the highest union membership rate at ...
Stocks fall at midday as investors absorb quarterly results

Updated: 12:07 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

The stock market is edging lower after four straight days of gains as investors absorb quarterly financial results from U.S. companies. The Standard & Poor's 500 index eased four points to 2,058 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 62 points to 17,751. The ...
US home sales rise in December
In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, real estate agent Sam Golkar, left, tours a home being sold by fellow agent Frank Ruan, right, in Cupertino, Calif. The National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in December on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Updated: 12:05 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

More Americans purchased homes in December, yet total sales slipped in 2014 as first-time buyers struggled to find houses. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million. But over the course of ...
Gauge of US economy increases 0.5 percent in December
FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, specialist Jason Hardzewicz works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  The Conference Board releases its index of leading indicators for December on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Updated: 10:46 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy posted a fourth straight solid gain in December. The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.5 percent in December after a revised gain of 0.4 percent in November. The index also posted solid ...
US stocks slip in early trading

Updated: 9:44 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

The stock market is drifting lower in early trading after weak earnings results and outlooks from some big-name companies. The large cost of timely deliveries hurt UPS during the holidays and the shipping company cut its outlook for the year. Its shares fell 9 percent in premarket trading Friday. The ...
Asian stock markets boosted by ECB stimulus plan
In this picture taken with a fisheye lens the new headquarters of the European Central Bank is photographed in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The governing council of the ECB will meet tomorrow Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Updated: 11:13 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Asian stocks zoomed higher Friday, boosted by the European Central Bank's stimulus announcement, a long awaited move that also set off gains in Europe and on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.9 percent to 17,480.08 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.2 percent to 24,806.89. South Korea's ...
Airlines expect another big year with help from cheaper fuel

Updated: 5:22 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday. The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the ...
Stocks rise, euro falls after Europe unveils stimulus plan

Updated: 12:16 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

U.S. and European stocks are marching higher and the euro is falling after Europe's central bank offered an aggressive plan to revive the region's economy. The S&P 500 was up 11 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,043 as of 12:08 p.m. Eastern time Thursday. The stock-market benchmark is headed for ...
Hard-hit worker wonders where the economic resurgence is
In this Jan. 2, 2015 photo, Joshua Thevenin, 29, packs boxes of unsold fireworks from inside a roadside tent Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thevenin has worked as a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele-marketer. He lost his truck, missed his rent payment and had to go on food stamps. Like many workers barely holding on, he can't relate to President Obama's talk of an ''American resurgence.''  The fireworks were being sent back to the supplier. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Updated: 11:28 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Ask Joshua Thevenin — who since last month has been a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele-marketer — what he thinks about assertions the economy is roaring toward recovery and you'll get a sigh and a shake of his head. "I don't see it. If it is, I don't know ...
Union Pacific railroad hauls in 22 percent more 4Q profit
In this June 6, 2014 photo, Union Pacific locomotives pull a train in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Union Pacific reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Updated: 11:21 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit surged 22 percent as the railroad hauled more freight, raised rates and paid less for fuel. The Omaha, Nebraska, company beat Wall Street expectations on both net income and revenue, sending shares up more than 4 percent to a new high for the year. CEO Jack ...
US stocks rise on expected European stimulus, higher oil
People walk past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Most Asian stock markets rose Wednesday as investors anticipated European policymakers would soon unleash more stimulus while Chinese shares extended their rebound following a steep plunge at the start of the week. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Updated: 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Another choppy day on Wall Street ended with stocks broadly higher on hopes of new stimulus measures for Europe's weak economy and a sharp rise in oil prices. Stocks flitted between gains and losses at the open of trading Wednesday, then rose on media reports that new stimulus measures by ...
US stocks rise at midday as energy companies climb

Updated: 12:06 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

U.S. stocks are moving higher at midday as investors weigh a rebound in home construction, higher oil prices and a mix of corporate earnings reports. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 13 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,036 as of 11:57 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial ...
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