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Happy Days Are Here Again!

North American equity markets are up 2 percent as geopolitical tensions ease and the focus turns to encouraging economic data and expectations of a “dovish”...




  • Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after U.S. markets rose on news of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Global Stock Markets Rise on Hopes of Ukraine Ceasefire

    BEIJING—Global stock markets rose Tuesday on improved U.S. housing sentiment and news of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine. Keeping Score: In midday... Read more

  • FILE - This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. European stocks bounced back Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, from Ukraine-related concerns that had caused sharp selling a week earlier. Wall Street was expected to open higher but Asian markets were subdued by further signs of weakness in China's property market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Wall Street Stocks Open Higher; Europe Up, Asia Down

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday as investors focused on corporate news. Stocks also got a lift as European markets climbed as investor worries... Read more

  • Foreign Ministers of France Laurent Fabius, Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russia Sergey Lavrov, from left, go for a walk before a meeting at the Guesthouse of Foreign Ministry Villa Borsig in Berlin, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

    Asia Stocks Depressed by China Data, Europe Markets Start Week Strong

    European stocks bounced back Monday after Ukraine-related concerns had caused sharp selling last week. Wall Street was expected to open higher but Asian markets were... Read more

  • In this July 3, 2014, photo specialist Jay Woods is reflected in a screen at his post that shows five years of the Dow Jones industrial average, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It’s been a bad news summer, but you wouldn’t know it from the way many investors have reacted. They’ve largely shrugged it off. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Why Global Turmoil Hasn’t Sunk US Markets, Yet

    NEW YORK—Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the... Read more

  • This Aug. 9, 2011, photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets mostly rose Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, cheered by the prospect of more gains on Wall Street and a sense that Ukraine tensions are easing. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Renewed Fighting in Ukraine Rattles Stock Market

    NEW YORK—Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. Reports that Ukrainian forces attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border knocked stock markets... Read more

  • FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets mostly rose Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 cheered by the prospect of more gains on Wall Street and a sense that Ukraine tensions are easing.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Fighting in Ukraine Reverses Wall Street Stock Gains

    NEW YORK—Reports of renewed fighting in Ukraine are sending stocks lower in midday trading. Major U.S. indexes are still headed for a solid gain for... Read more

  • FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets mostly rose Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 cheered by the prospect of more gains on Wall Street and a sense that Ukraine tensions are easing.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    US Stocks Open Strong, Pushing Towards Weekly Gain

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market heads for a solid weekly gain. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 44 points, or 0.3... Read more

  • A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S. (Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

    Stocks Up as Ukraine Tensions Ease

    LONDON — Global stock markets were on course to end a solid week higher on Friday as investors continued to put their recent caution behind... Read more

  • This Jan. 4, 2010 file photo shows an historic marker on Wall Street in New York. The U.S. stock market crept up in midday trading Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, following a mixed batch of corporate news. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    US Stocks Edge Upwards Following Earnings News

    NEW YORK—Better corporate earnings helped nudge the stock market up on Thursday in one of the quietest sessions this year. Health-care companies led the major... Read more

  • Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett gestures during an interview with Liz Claman on the Fox Business Network in Omaha, Neb. May 5, 2014. The stock price of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway company has topped $200,000 for the first time. Class A shares of Berkshire jumped past the milestone to an all-time trading high of $201,625 Thursday morning, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    Berkshire Hathaway Stock Trading Over $200,000

    OMAHA, Neb.—The stock price of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company has topped $200,000 for the first time. Class A shares of Berkshire jumped past the... Read more

  • FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets overcame a contraction in Japan's economy and jitters about Ukraine and Iraq to mostly rise Wednesday, but analysts said new geopolitical developments would likely make for volatile trading. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Wall Street Stocks Open Higher Following Earnings News

    NEW YORK—The U.S. stock market crept up in early trading following a mixed batch of corporate news. In Europe, investors brushed aside soft economic data... Read more

  • FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets overcame a contraction in Japan's economy and jitters about Ukraine and Iraq to mostly rise Wednesday, but analysts said new geopolitical developments would likely make for volatile trading. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    World Stock Markets Rise Despite Soft European Economic Data

    LONDON—European stock markets brushed aside soft economic data to trade modestly higher Thursday as this week’s largely positive investor sentiment persisted. Keeping Score: France’s CAC... Read more

  • Shopping carts are lined up outside of an IKEA store on June 26, 2014 in Emeryville, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Online Webites Shake Up Hidebound Retailing in India

    MUMBAI, India—Finding a way into India’s vast but vexing market has long frustrated foreign retailers. Now, overseas investors are pouring billions of dollars into e-commerce... Read more

  • A board displays the German index DAX at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, western Germany, on June 26, 2014. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

    Geopolitics Hurting Germany, Investors Increase Caution

    Ongoing geopolitical threats in a number of hotspots around the world are taking their toll on economies, more so in Europe than in North America,... Read more

  • FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets overcame a contraction in Japan's economy and jitters about Ukraine and Iraq to mostly rise Wednesday, but analysts said new geopolitical developments would likely make for volatile trading. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    US Stock Indexes Open Higher; Amazon Gains, Macy’s Drops

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher as global markets overcame a contraction in Japan’s economy. Amazon rose 3 percent after the online retailing giant... Read more

  • In this June 18, 2014, photo a television monitor at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve. Like with other higher-risk investments, investors have pulled back from junk, or high yield, bonds because they worry about the end of the Federal Reserve’s policy near-zero interest rates. Investors expect the central bank to raise rates sometime next year, and that means the value of bonds currently held in portfolios will fall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Wall Street Today: Like Stocks, Junk Bonds Show Investor Jitters

    NEW YORK—The stock market isn’t the only place that’s been signaling jitters among investors. The $2.3 trillion market for risky U.S. corporate debt has also... Read more


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