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  • U.S. Stocks Advance, Led by Rally in Health-Care Shares

    U.S. stocks rose, briefly sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a record, after health-care shares jumped on a smaller-than-forecast cut in Medicare rates and EBay Inc. climbed as Carl Icahn urged the spinoff of PayPal.

  • S&P 500 Touches Record, Ukraine Stocks Jump; Coffee Gains

    U.S. equities rallied, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index touching an intraday record and all but erasing its 2014 decline, amid confidence the economy is strong enough to weather cuts to monetary stimulus. Commodities gained while Ukrainian shares jumped the most since 2010.

  • Cash Is Trash? Not To These Value Fund Managers

    The Federal Reserve has made it clear that short-term rates are on lockdown until the unemployment rate drops from its current 7.6 percent to 6.5 percent. That gives ammo to money managers who say "cash is trash." A federal funds rate stuck near zero means cash will continue to deliver negative real returns for some time.

  • Structured Note Buyers Boost Bets on Europe Stocks, Not S&P 500

    U.S. investors are increasingly buying structured notes tied to European stocks in preference to domestic equities as the area emerges from recession while the Federal Reserve prepares to slow asset purchases.

  • U.S. Stocks Fall as Investors Weigh Apple, Caterpillar

    U.S. stocks fell, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its first-two day drop in a month, as investors weighed global manufacturing data and earnings reports from Caterpillar Inc. and Apple Inc.

  • U.S. Stocks Fall on Draghi Comments, Earnings Reports

    U.S. stocks fell, after a two-day advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as corporate earnings reports disappointed and European policy makers warned the euro’s advance could hamper the region’s recovery.

  • U.S. Stocks Fall on Budget, Economic Growth Concerns

    U.S. stocks fell for a fourth day amid concerns over budget talks and economic growth as investors weighed prospects for easing tensions in the Middle East.

  • U.S. Stocks Fall as Housing Data Overshadow Durable Goods

    U.S. stocks fell, following the longest rally for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since 2004, as a drop in pending home sales overshadowed a rise in durable- goods orders while investors watched earnings.

  • U.S. Stocks Rally Most in 7 Weeks Amid Economic Optimism

    U.S. stocks rose, giving benchmark indexes their biggest advance in seven weeks, as reports on employment and manufacturing topped estimates while consumer confidence climbed in October to a more than four-year high.

  • U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Await Fed Policy Meeting

    U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from last week’s decline, as investors weighed economic data with the prospects for stimulus cuts ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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