U.S. stocks touched their highest levels in two weeks as a flurry of deal activity and strong quarterly earnings boosted investor confidence.
Asian markets mostly rose Monday as Japan reported its trade balance swung to a surplus in September and strong Japanese manufacturing data from a purchasing manager's survey also suggested signs of improved activity in the world's third biggest economy.
The S&P 500 and the Dow came off session lows in early afternoon on Friday, but continued to be weighed down by energy and healthcare stocks, while a record-setting rally in Microsoft kept the Nasdaq in positive territory.
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U.S. stocks ended a choppy session on Thursday with a slight decline as investors digested the latest round of earnings, with a sharp drop in telecoms offset by gains in healthcare.
The euro fell to a four-month low against the U.S. dollar and the greenback rose to its highest in seven months against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after the European Central Bank President left the door open to more monetary stimulus at its policy meeting.
U.S. stocks rose Wednesday as shares of energy companies climbed with the price of oil and earnings reports offered fresh signs of profitability at banks.
Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after China reported its economy expanded at a steady 6.7 percent pace in the July-September quarter, better than some forecasters had expected.
Wall Street advanced on Tuesday to give the S&P 500 its best day this month on the heels of solid earnings reports from names such as UnitedHealth and Netflix that put corporate profits on track to snap a four-quarter streak of declines.
Wall Street ended modestly lower on Monday as energy stocks retreated along with oil prices, while Amazon and Netflix weighed on the consumer discretionary sector.
Asian shares were mixed Monday, trading within a narrow range as cautious investors considered the most recent comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
Asian shares were mostly lower on Monday, trading within a narrow range as cautious investors considered the most recent comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
A heavy slate of U.S. corporate earnings could set the course next week for a wavering U.S. stock market.
At a summit this weekend, the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — will be looking for ways to boost trade between their developing economies, representing nearly half of the world's population.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was set to close little changed Thursday, recovering from an earlier 184-point drop that followed weak Chinese trade data.
The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average indexes ended Wednesday's session with slight gains as expectations for timing on a rate hike timing were largely unchanged after minutes from the most recent meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Wall Street sold off on Tuesday as disappointing corporate reports gave a sour tone to the start of earnings season and investors digested possible changing dynamics for the upcoming U.S. elections.
U.S. stocks rose on Monday as energy shares gained with oil prices and as Apple jumped following problems with rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Note 7 phone.
The British pound had one of its biggest tumbles ever Friday, with the currency sliding 6 percent in just a couple of minutes.
U.S. stocks fell on Friday after a "flash crash" in sterling fueled Brexit worries and a weaker-than-expected September jobs report did not sway expectations for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike by year-end.