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MARKET SNAPSHOT: S&P 500's Weekly Gain Is Best Since July 2013

04/17/2014 4:57 PM ET
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks ended the holiday-shortened week with solid gains, after four straight days of increases on the S&P 500 index and Nasdaq Composite.

UPDATE: S&P 500's weekly gain is best since July 2013

04/17/2014 4:57 PM ET
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks ended the holiday-shortened week with solid gains, after four straight days of increases on the S&P 500 index and Nasdaq Composite.

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Rally; S&P 500 Positive For The Year

04/16/2014 4:59 PM ET
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks rallied Wednesday, and three days of gains sent the benchmark S&P 500 into positive territory for the year.

Bond Report

BOND REPORT: Treasurys Sink On Rate-hike Jitters

04/17/2014 2:25 PM ET
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices accelerated losses Thursday, pushing benchmark yields up more than 8 basis points after a round of strong data stoked market doubts about the Federal Reserve's promise to keep its key lending rates low.

UPDATE: Treasurys sink on rate-hike jitters

04/17/2014 2:25 PM ET
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices accelerated losses Thursday, pushing benchmark yields up more than 8 basis points after a round of strong data stoked market doubts about the Federal Reserve's promise to keep its key lending rates low.

BOND REPORT: Yield Curve Matches Flattest Since 2009 On Yellen

04/16/2014 3:55 PM ET
NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--Treasury prices slipped Wednesday, with the yield gap between intermediate and long-term Treasurys narrowing as the market interpreted a slightly more hawkish tone in a speech by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Tech Report

TECH STOCKS: SanDisk, Weibo Gains Pace Tech Stocks

04/17/2014 4:57 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Tech stocks ended up putting in a broadly upbeat market performance Thursday, as notable gains from SanDisk Corp, Netflix Inc. and newly public Chinese Internet company…

UPDATE: SanDisk, Weibo gains pace tech stocks

04/17/2014 4:57 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Tech stocks ended up putting in a broadly upbeat market performance Thursday, as notable gains from SanDisk Corp, Netflix Inc. and newly public Chinese Internet company…

TECH STOCKS: Yahoo Rallies; 'Holy Alibaba,' Says Analyst

04/16/2014 12:55 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Yahoo Inc. shares jumped sharply Wednesday, partly on the Web portal's upbeat gains in its core business, but mostly on the reaccelerated growth in Alibaba, the Chinese Internet giant in which it owns a huge stake.

Economic Review

UPDATE: Consumers seen springing ahead -- for now

04/13/2014 12:04 PM ET
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. economy took a turn for the better in March as the weather warmed up, but the upturn in growth can only continue if consumers get out and spend a bit more.

UPDATE: Hiring rebound keeps Fed locked on target

04/06/2014 12:04 PM ET
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The rebound in hiring in March doesn't prove the economy is ready to soar, but it keeps the Federal Reserve on target to end its controversial stimulus program by late fall.

UPDATE: Optimism building ahead of jobs report

04/03/2014 4:40 PM ET
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- When it comes to U.S. jobs report for March, Wall Street is predicting one thing but thinking another. Economists polled by MarketWatch expect the Labor Department on Friday to report a 200,000 gain in new jobs last month. But if you listen to all the whispers, the increase could be much bigger, perhaps 250,000. A…

European Markets

EUROPE MARKETS: European Stocks Turn Higher, But Rémy, Diageo Lag

04/17/2014 1:24 PM ET
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European stocks settled higher Thursday, with Barclays PLC pacing a rise in banking shares as the firm planned to outline its growth strategy, but shares of Rémy Cointreau SA struggled following the cognac maker's profit warning.

UPDATE: European stocks turn higher, but Rémy, Diageo lag

04/17/2014 1:24 PM ET
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European stocks settled higher Thursday, with Barclays PLC pacing a rise in banking shares as the firm planned to outline its growth strategy, but shares of Rémy Cointreau SA struggled following the cognac maker's profit warning.

EUROPE MARKETS: European Stocks Stay Strong After Weak Inflation Data

04/16/2014 11:56 AM ET
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European stock markets posted solid gains on Wednesday after better-than-expected Chinese growth data encouraged investors to move back into riskier assets and weak euro-zone inflation added more pressure on the European Central Bank to loosen policy.
 
 
 
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