Dec 08, 2011 4:28 PM ET
Market indexes in New York closed lower as European leaders gather to find a solution to the growing debt contagion. Market mood soured after the European Central bank did not expand its sovereign bond purchase program. Banks in Europe also need to raise more capital. Initial jobless claims declined
Dec 08, 2011 12:47 PM ET
DemanTec Inc soared after the Internet tools maker agreed to be acquired by IBM for $440 million. MEMC Electronic Materials Inc said it plans to shutter some of its facilities and lay off 20% of its staff. Pacific Sunwear agreed to $160 million financing but did not detail the terms.
Dec 08, 2011 12:14 PM ET
U.S. stocks traded in a tight range with a negative bias ahead of the European summit of leaders. Banks led the decliners after the ECB did not indicate if it planned to increase its sovereign bond buying program. Initial weekly jobless claims last week fell below 400,000.
Dec 08, 2011 11:29 AM ET
European markets traded lower and small markets fell sharply. The European Central Bank lowered its benchmark rate 25 basis points to 1% and offered longer dated loans and expanded collateral it is willing to accept but failed to increase its bond buying program.
Dec 08, 2011 8:46 AM ET
The Nikkei index in Japan declined ahead of the European summit. Softbank led the net new subscriber additions for the mobile communications services for the 20th month in a row. Freight shipping companies struggled near the 10-year lows. Tokyo Electric dropped on nationalization worries.
Dec 08, 2011 7:57 AM ET
Australian stocks edged lower in a broad market weakness. The unemployment rate increased to 5.3% in November as employers cut more than expected full-time positions and added fewer than expected part-time jobs. IAG gains on takeover speculation.
Dec 07, 2011 4:31 PM ET
U.S. stocks wavered as investors focused on the 2-day summit of European leaders and a possible rate cut on Thursday by the European Central Bank. Commodities gyrated and bond yields trended higher in New York and Europe. The entire board at Olympus is expected to resign.
Dec 07, 2011 1:42 PM ET
Citigroup edged lower and banks declined after the third largest bank said it will take $400 million charge and eliminate 4,500 positions. Dollar General said controlling shareholders plan to cut stake to 53.7%. J.C. Penney takes a stake in Martha Stewart Living.
Dec 07, 2011 12:51 PM ET
The Nikkei index advanced and closed at one-month high following positive sentiment in Asian markets. Trading volume surged and resources linked companies and banks led the gainers. Mitsui O.S.K. agreed to form a joint venture with Danish and Singaporean partners to operate oil supertanker services.
Dec 07, 2011 11:19 AM ET
Australian stocks resumed the advance after the release of the third quarter economic growth data. The economy expanded 1% in the quarter and surged 2.5% from a year ago quarter on the continued boom in construction and mining sectors.