U.S. stocks fell, ending four days of records for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, amid disappointing economic data and after a Federal Reserve official said the central bank may slow the pace of stimulus as early as this summer.
Stocks climbed, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a record closing level, after U.S. home sales increased and investors speculated central banks will continue to stimulate the economy. The euro rose with Italian bonds as the country formed a government
U.S. stocks sank, erasing yesterday’s rally, amid a plunge in industrial metals, disappointing earnings and concern Apple Inc.’s iPhone sales may miss forecasts. The euro slid as Germany’s central bank chief reportedly said European policy makers may cut rates if needed.
U.S. stocks rose, paring the worst weekly drop for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since November, amid better-than-estimated earnings and Group of 20 nation talks aimed at bolstering the global economy. The yen weakened, gold climbed above $1,400 an ounce and oil advanced.
Roper Industries Inc., a maker of products from medical imaging to refrigeration valves, agreed to purchase Managed Health Care Associates Inc. for $1 billion in cash, in its second large medical transaction in less than a year.
U.S. stocks fell, dragging the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index down from a record, as financial and energy shares tumbled after oil plunged and worse-than-estimated data spurred concern over economic growth.
Investors are boosting wagers on higher commodity prices at the fastest pace in almost four years, rebounding from the least bullish position since 2009, on signs that the U.S. is accelerating and Europe’s debt crisis is easing.
Even bulls are taking steps to protect profits after gains in U.S. stocks added $10 trillion to equity values, convinced the first decline in earnings since 2009 will spur losses in the historically weak second quarter.