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Mar 30, 2012

NYT Global Update: Obama to Clear Way to Tighten Iranian Oil Sanctions


Obama to Clear Way to Tighten Iranian Oil Sanctions

President Obama has determined there is enough oil in world markets to allow countries to rely less on Iran's oil imports, a step that could allow increased sanctions against Iran.

As Troops Exit Afghanistan, Businesses Say They May, Too

The business leaders whom Afghanistan needs to succeed after allied forces withdraw their troops in 2014 are already making moves to leave the country.

Europe Agrees to Bailout Fund for Euro of Over $1 Trillion

Finance ministers from the European countries that use the currency hope the new fund will show their determination to end the two-year-old euro crisis.

Video: TimesCast

The Mexican presidential campaign opens, and more.


Tibetan Protests in Delhi

China isn't the only one that has "a Tibet problem." So does India.

Militia Member Drugs and Kills Afghan Colleagues

A member of an Afghan militia promoted by the American military to protect rural villages drugged his colleagues and killed at least nine of them as they slept on Friday, the police chief of Paktika said.

In Hiding, Bin Laden Had Four Children and Five Houses

Testimony by Osama bin Laden's youngest wife has offered the most detailed account yet of the family's life on the run preceding the raid in May 2011 that killed the Qaeda leader.

Clinton, in Saudi Arabia, Explores Syria Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to work out a unified strategy on the crisis in Syria in talks with Saudi officials on Friday as violence continued in the north of the country.

In Europe, Starbucks Adjusts to a Cafe Culture

The coffeehouse chain is embarking on a multimillion-dollar campaign to win over Europe's coffee aficionados with an upscale makeover of hundreds of stores.

Spanish Government Calls for Budget Cuts to Reassure Investors

The government also announced a partial fiscal amnesty program that it hopes will bring to the surface unpaid taxes from an underground economy.

U.S. Begins Sanctions Process in Airbus Dispute With Europe

The United States said that European governments failed to end illegal subsidies for the aircraft manufacturer and that it will be seeking sanctions on what could be billions of dollars of European goods.

Electronic Giant Vowing Reforms in China Plants

Responding to a critical investigation of its factories, Foxconn, a top electronics supplier for Apple and other companies, pledged to curtail working hours and increase wages.

Tracking Athletes Online as Legal Red Flags Flutter

Some universities are monitoring the activities of athletes on social media sites, raising privacy concerns.

Conflict Over How Open 'Do Not Track' Talks Will Be

Technology industry representatives are taking a measured stand on whether talks with regulators over privacy protection should be a public discussion.

Scoring Points With the Fans Over Defense

Milan held Barcelona, 0-0, in the Champions League, putting the pressure on the Spanish club when it plays at home next week.

Home-Court Advantage Suits Sharapova

Maria Sharapova, who has never won the Sony Ericsson Open, advanced to the tournament final on Thursday with a three-set victory over Caroline Wozniacki.

Suzuki Pleases Tokyo Fans as Mariners Win

The Seattle Mariners rode a wave of Ichiromania in Tokyo to beat the Oakland Athletics in extra innings in the opening game of the Major League Baseball season.
News Analysis

In Health Case, Appeals to a Justice's Idea of Liberty

In making their arguments to the Supreme Court about the health law, advocates tried to win over Justice Anthony M. Kennedy by invoking one of his most valued principles: liberty.

2-Year College, Squeezed, Sets 2-Tier Tuition

Santa Monica College, in California, will offer some courses for a higher price, so that students who are eager to get into a particular class can do so if they pay more.

Recall Election for Wisconsin Governor Who Battled Unions

Election officials said critics of Gov. Scott Walker had collected enough signatures for a recall election to be held in May.

Stocks and Markets in the News | Tech Daily Stocks - MarketWatch: Tech Stocks: Techs slip, but Nasdaq ends quarter up 19%


Tech Daily
MARCH 30, 2012

Tech Stocks: Techs slip, but Nasdaq ends quarter up 19%
3/30/2012 4:30 PM ET
Tech stocks slip Friday, as shares of Apple, Internet companies fall. But Nasdaq ends quarter with a 19% gain.
Tech Stocks: Tech stocks slump despite Red Hat gains
3/29/2012 4:34 PM ET
Strong results from Red Hat failed to lift the tech sector on Thursday. Millennial Media, CafePress surge in trading debuts. RIM earnings on deck.
Tech Stocks: Applied highlights tech retreat; Nvidia gains
3/28/2012 5:16 PM ET
Shares of Applied Materials lead a tech-sector retreat after the chip-equipment maker issued a weaker-than-expected forecast.
Tech Stocks: Techs slip into red as H-P sinks
3/27/2012 4:40 PM ET
Technology stocks end the session in the red, weighed down by losses in shares of H-P. But shares of semiconductor and optical components companies advance.
Tech Stocks: Microsoft leads techs higher in broad rally
3/26/2012 4:43 PM ET
Shares of the software giant headline gains in the sector, as the broader market advances on Fed Chairman Bernanke's comments on the economy.
Tech Stocks: Tech stocks eke out late gains
3/23/2012 4:36 PM ET
Micron, Zynga remain decliners; Apple gets caught up in brief trading snafu
Tech Stocks: Intuit among decliners in weak tech session
3/22/2012 4:17 PM ET
Tax-preparation-software company gives an update on the performance of its tax-season business; Western Digital gains following analyst's upgrade
Tech Stocks: Tech stocks close with small gains; H-P retreats
3/21/2012 4:56 PM ET
Technology stocks put in a generally upbeat market session, with a big reorganization at Hewlett-Packard Co. holding the sector's spotlight throughout the day.
Canadian Markets: Canadian stocks snap losing streak as RIM rallies
3/30/2012 5:37 PM ET
Toronto stocks ended a three-session losing streak as investors bid up Research In Motion shares. Bay Street registered strong quarterly gains even as it finished the week in negative territory.
Groupon revises results; auditor adds warning
3/30/2012 5:23 PM ET
Groupon said Friday afternoon that it was revising its results for the fourth quarter after its auditor found "material weaknesses" related to how the daily deals site reserves for customer refunds.
Latin American Markets: Brazil, Mexico stocks notch first-quarter gains
3/30/2012 5:16 PM ET
Brazilian and Mexican equity markets on Friday finish the first quarter of 2012 in the green, but a monthly loss in Brazil's benchmark highlights investor concerns about slowing growth and government efforts to reduce currency appreciation.
After Hours: Groupon shares hit in after-hours trading
3/30/2012 4:53 PM ET
Groupon downwardly revises its fourth-quarter earnings and sales, and its auditor tacks on a warning in a company regulatory filing.
Enphase IPO jumps after price cut
3/30/2012 4:35 PM ET
In an unusual move, venture capitalists buy newly issued stock in the energy-technology company.
Weekend Investor: Fund, ETF investors could see global gains fade
3/30/2012 2:56 PM ET
Stock-fund and ETF investors venturing outside of the U.S. waded into calmer waters in the first quarter, but rough currents lie ahead. Positioning portfolios against such uncertainties will dominate investors' attention.
Movers & Shakers: Friday's biggest gaining and declining stocks
3/30/2012 2:32 PM ET
MarketWatch's daily rundown of shares making sizable moves in the U.S. stock market.
Market Extra: RIM shares up as new CEO draws praise
3/30/2012 2:21 PM ET
Despite a disappointing fourth-quarter report, Research In Motion got a lift Friday as its new CEO voiced the need for "substantial change" at the troubled BlackBerry maker.
John Dvorak's Second Opinion: RIM's bleak future
3/30/2012 2:21 PM ET
How can a company that was a recent high-flyer be in such sad shape today?
March looks like blowout month for U.S. car sales
3/30/2012 1:52 PM ET
Automakers should report a blowout month when they report their March sales next week, with some marques likely to set sales records, according to leading industry trackers.
Market Extra: U.S. stock market's rise leaves many behind
3/30/2012 1:51 PM ET
The U.S. stock market's stellar performance in 2012 is remarkable in part for the anemic trading volumes that have accompanied Wall Street's rise
Europe Markets: Europe stocks rally after firewall increase
3/30/2012 12:33 PM ET
European stocks rally on Friday after euro-zone finance ministers agree to increase the size of the region's firewall, with the Stoxx 600 index posting a gain of 7.7% in the first quarter.
London Markets: FTSE 100 climb as miners rise; Vodafone slips
3/30/2012 12:24 PM ET
Higher share prices for miners and banks help push the FTSE 100 index to modest gains on the final trading day of the first quarter, while questions about a possible tax law change in India put Vodafone shares on the defensive.
Financial Stocks: Financials rise, to close out heady quarter
3/30/2012 10:48 AM ET
Gains are driven by names from various subsectors, including AIG, Charles Schwab and NYSE Euronext.
Before the Bell: RIMM, consumer spending, Spain in spotlight
3/30/2012 9:06 AM ET
U.S. stock index futures point to a higher start, signaling a positive finish to a strong quarter.
Stocks to Watch: Stocks to watch Friday: Cache, Williams, RIM
3/30/2012 6:25 AM ET
Running down the early highlights among the corporate headlines of interest to investors.
Asia Markets: Asia stocks dip on last day of strong quarter
3/30/2012 5:03 AM ET
Most Asian stocks finish with minor losses after moving off session lows Friday as a strong quarter for regional equities draws to a close.
David Callaway: A quarter to remember for global stocks
3/30/2012 12:01 AM ET
The first quarter was one of those transition quarters in global markets that takes everybody by surprise. Investors won't be fooled again.
MarketWatch First Take: New RIM chief tries ‘kitchen sink' approach
3/29/2012 6:40 PM ET
In his first earnings conference call, Research In Motion's new CEO distances himself from the previous management with plans for sweeping changes
After Hours: RIM shares slide in late trading
3/29/2012 5:39 PM ET
The BlackBerry smartphone maker's quarterly results and shipments fall short of expectations late Thursday.
RIM swings to loss, shakes up top ranks
3/29/2012 5:34 PM ET
Research In Motion swings to a loss for the fiscal fourth quarter and announces a large shake-up among its top management ranks.
Apple supplier Foxconn agrees to changes
3/29/2012 5:28 PM ET
Apple partner Foxconn has made "ground-breaking commitments" to improve working conditions at three factories, the Fair Labor Association says in a report.
Stocks to Watch: Stocks to watch Friday: RIM, Finish Line
3/29/2012 5:25 PM ET
Among the stocks that could see active trade in Friday's session are Research in Motion, Best Buy and Finish Line.
Movers & Shakers: Thursday's biggest gaining & declining stocks
3/29/2012 5:16 PM ET
MarketWatch's daily rundown of shares making sizeable moves in the U.S. stock market.
Energy Stocks: Valero, WPX off as energy stocks see more red
3/29/2012 4:36 PM ET
Natural gas futures fall 5%, but losses in the energy sector moderate as the broad equities market moves into positive territory late in the day.
Best Buy's moves meet with investor skepticism
3/29/2012 4:17 PM ET
Best Buy Co., the largest U.S. electronics chain, swings to a fourth-quarter loss, hurt by lower sales of notebook computers and televisions; the company says it plans to shut 50 of its big-box stores this year and targets $800 million in planned cost reductions by fiscal 2015.
IPO Report: Millennial Media shares nearly double in IPO
3/29/2012 4:07 PM ET
Millennial Media shares nearly double as it made its public trading debut on Thursday morning. CafePress also jump after IPO shares price above expected range.
Analysts: Hats off to Red Hat on cloud gains
3/29/2012 2:15 PM ET
Red Hat gets upbeat reviews from Wall Street as analysts cite software company's momentum in cloud computing trend.
Israel Stocks: Analysts positive on Israel's ICL, with questions
3/29/2012 12:19 PM ET
As Israel Chemicals reports higher fourth-quarter profit and revenue, analysts are generally positive but with some question marks.
Stocks to Watch: Stocks to watch Thursday: Red Lion, Saba, Red Hat
3/29/2012 6:55 AM ET
Running down some of the corporate headlines of interest to investors early Thursday.
Building-toy upstart eyes Lego, Playmobil, Mega
3/29/2012 6:25 AM ET
Modular Toy, an Israeli startup, is ramping up an audacious move into the building-toy space occupied by the building-set giants Lego of Denmark, Playmobil from Germany's Brandstatter group and Mega Brands of Montreal.
Asia Markets: Hong Kong leads Asia stock fall
3/29/2012 5:42 AM ET
Asian shares drop sharply, with commodity firms under pressure around the region, while Hong Kong investors also grapple with a slew of heavyweight earnings.
Chuck Jaffe: JOBS Act benefits financial criminals
3/29/2012 12:01 AM ET
If the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act becomes law, the big increase in employment most likely will come in the investment scam business, writes Chuck Jaffe.
Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: Gaultier exhibit has unusual tech twist
3/29/2012 12:01 AM ET
A traveling retrospective now in San Francisco of the French fashion designer is not a staid look at over three decades of Jean Paul Gaultier's ouevre.
Movers & Shakers: Wednesday's biggest gaining & declining stocks
3/28/2012 5:46 PM ET
MarketWatch's daily rundown of shares making sizable moves in the U.S. stock market.
Investor slams Yahoo's ‘Alice-in-Wonderland world'
3/28/2012 4:57 PM ET
Third Point CEO Loeb hits Yahoo board's rejection of most of the dissident group's nominees, including him.
After Hours: Red Hat shares climb in after hours trading
3/28/2012 4:55 PM ET
The software maker's shares reported quarterly results that outstripped Wall Street's projections, prompting a climb in its shares Wednesday evening
Stocks to watch Thursday:Best Buy, Shaw
3/28/2012 4:43 PM ET
Among the stocks that could see active trade in Thursday's session are Best Buy, Research in Motion and Shaw.
Canadian Markets: Canada stocks fall; data, weak commodities weigh
3/28/2012 4:31 PM ET
Canadian equities close lower, pressured by weaker-than-expected orders of durable goods in the United States, as futures prices for commodities weaken, fueling losses in Toronto's metals mining stocks.
Latin American Markets: Mexico stocks off record highs after U.S. data
3/28/2012 2:15 PM ET
Stocks in major Latin American equity markets fall sharply, with the Mexican benchmark stepping back from its record high after a report on U.S. durable-goods orders highlights worries that recovery remains fragile.
MarketWatch First Take: Investors bet on the bunny with Annie's IPO
3/28/2012 1:41 PM ET
The company has built its business over more than 20 years, but the public market is a universe away from the supermarket, writes Angela Moore.
Market Extra: Brightcove underwriter tempered by valuation
3/28/2012 1:32 PM ET
Online video firm Brightcove has seen its shares more than double since its IPO last month, which made its lead underwriter cautious on the stock.
Europe Markets: Europe ends lower after U.S. data; Total falls
3/28/2012 12:17 PM ET
Most European stocks ended lower in choppy trade on Wednesday, after U.S. durable-goods data disappointed and resource firms pulled back along with falling commodity prices.
Telecom Stocks: Verizon, AT&T down on growth concerns
3/28/2012 12:07 PM ET
RBC Capital cites lower wireless growth expectations and more iPhone competitors. Verizon downgraded to neutral.
Shawn Langlois's London Sketch: Thames Valley confab conjures Silicon's spirit
3/28/2012 10:48 AM ET
At the Social Media World Forum Europe in London this week, one expat journalist felt like he hopped into a magic train in South Kensington and stepped out in Mountain View, Calif.
Asia Markets: Shanghai stocks tumble to lead most of Asia down
3/28/2012 4:30 AM ET
Chinese shares tumble to lead a broad decline for major Asian markets, with the Shanghai benchmark suffering this year's worst percentage loss so far, led by mining and metal stocks.
Australian shares end at four-month high
3/28/2012 2:05 AM ET
Australian shares score a rare outperformance against other Asia-Pacific equity markets, with the benchmark ending at a four month high.
Robert Powell's Your Portfolio: Why investors should fear corporate profit margins
3/28/2012 12:01 AM ET
Corporate profit margins, despite the weakest economic recovery in postwar history, are at freakish record highs. That should scare investors.
Todd Harrison: The next wave of digital growth is here
3/28/2012 12:01 AM ET
Todd Harrison's takeaways from the YPO digital marketing, media network event.
Asia Stocks to Watch: Chinese industry gets first profit drop since 2009
3/27/2012 7:54 PM ET
Chinese industrial companies report weaker profits in the first two months of the year — the first such broad earnings drop since 2009 — stoking fresh concerns the economy hit a soft patch after rebounding in the final quarter of last year.
Movers & Shakers: Tuesday's biggest gaining & declining stocks
3/27/2012 5:33 PM ET
MarketWatch's daily rundown of shares making sizable moves in the U.S. stock market.
Energy Stocks: Total SA falls 7% on North Sea gas leak
3/27/2012 4:44 PM ET
Coal shares track mostly lower on new EPA rules proposed for power plant emissions, as energy-sector stocks mainly drop.
IPO Report: Millennial Media IPO drawing strong buzz
3/27/2012 4:40 PM ET
Millennial Media is expected to highlight a busy IPO week. One analysts sees the mobile ad company's launch outshining the upside in the much-awaited launch of Facebook.
MarketWatch First Take: Total perched on a North Sea powder keg
3/27/2012 4:20 PM ET
While Total wants to avoid comparison to BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster, the leak on its Elgin field is a reminder of the high cost of any offshore mishap.
Stocks to Watch: Stocks to Watch Wednesday: Family Dollar
3/27/2012 4:15 PM ET
Family Dollar Stores, Commercial Metals and Huntington Ingalls are among the stocks that could see active trading Wednesday.
Earnings Outlook: RIM under the gun as pressures mount
3/27/2012 3:33 PM ET
Sentiment is already overwhelmingly bearish on Research In Motion, but, ahead of a quarterly report Thursday, analysts say things could still get worse as the company's flagship BlackBerry franchise weakens.
Latin American Markets: Mexican stocks build on record high
3/27/2012 3:23 PM ET
Mexican stocks rise Tuesday, with broad-based gains putting the market on track for a third straight win and pushing the benchmark toward a record-high level.
Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: Can Micron stay in Street's good graces?
3/27/2012 2:04 PM ET
Investors would never know that the memory chip market just went through a miserable down cycle based on the 30% upsurge in Micron this year, as hopes are high it will be able to buy a bankrupt rival's assets but price is an issue.
MarketWatch First Take: Harry Potter is not dead yet
3/27/2012 11:30 AM ET
Just when it looked like the blockbuster movie "The Hunger Games" threatened to vanquish all memory of Harry Potter, the magician has magically re-appeared in our lives, writes Jon Friedman.
The Technical Indicator: Nasdaq, S&P confirm the 2012 uptrend
3/27/2012 11:13 AM ET
The Nasdaq Composite and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index have both notched multiyear highs, and now face limited immediate technical resistance.
Stocks to Watch: Stocks to watch Tuesday: Ista, Dollar General
3/27/2012 6:37 AM ET
Running down the pertinent corporate headlines of interest to investors before Tuesday's opening bell.
Caixin Online: The yen's looming day of reckoning
3/26/2012 10:04 PM ET
Japan looks set to depress the value of the yen to boost trade — and China must brace itself for the impact, writes Andy Xie in a commentary for Caixin Online.
Canadian Markets: Canadian stocks close at three-week high
3/26/2012 5:12 PM ET
Canadian stocks closed at a three-week high on Monday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled the central bank's commitment to maintaining accommodative policy to support the U.S. economy.
Market Extra: Lionsgate jumps after ‘Hunger Games' debut
3/26/2012 4:32 PM ET
Studio's shares rally after the movie "The Hunger Games" earns $152.5 million at the box office over the weekend, beating expectations and making it the biggest opening for a nonsequel film.
Latin American Markets: Mexico, Brazil stocks buoyed by Bernanke comments
3/26/2012 3:12 PM ET
Mexican and Brazilian stocks rise after the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicates the Fed won't quickly exit an ultra-loose monetary policy that analysts say has been beneficial for U.S. stocks and other equity markets.
IPO Report: BATS flies in dark after bug bites IPO
3/26/2012 2:50 PM ET
The BATS Global Markets IPO is in limbo after a glitch aborted the company's public trading debut. The firm's COO said a bug struck at the worst possible time, adding that BATS is ‘humbled, but ready to move forward.'
MarketWatch First Take: System error: Calls for BATS to halt listings
3/26/2012 12:17 PM ET
Friday's fiasco, coupled with the mini–"flash crash" of Apple shares, has exposed not only BATS, but the ability of the exchanges and regulators to manage a market where volume is dominated by high-frequency traders and too dependent on systems that do not appear to be ready for the opening bell.
Asia Markets: Sydney, Seoul shares fall; Hong Kong ends flat
3/26/2012 4:36 AM ET
Major Asian markets are split between marginal gains and modest losses as an uncertain outlook after recent advances and before U.S. and European data this week turns investors cautious.
Jennifer Waters's Consumer Confidential: Smartphones hike your risk of ID fraud
3/26/2012 12:01 AM ET
Smartphone users are about one-third more likely to fall prey to identity fraud than the general public, and ID fraud overall is on the rise, a new report finds.
Chuck Jaffe: Apple dresses up fund managers' appeal
3/25/2012 12:01 PM ET
Apple's dividend shows how some mutual funds use hot stocks to game the system and fool investors, writes Chuck Jaffe.
Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks enter strong quarter's home stretch
3/24/2012 12:01 AM ET
U.S. stocks' lackluster performance this week has thrown a question over the first quarter and the month -- will they end with a bang, or with a whimper?
Latin American Markets: Mexican stocks log modest weekly win
3/23/2012 5:35 PM ET
Mexican stocks finish slightly higher Friday, and notch gains for a week shortened by a strong earthquake
Top Ten: MarketWatch top 10 stories March 19 - 23
3/23/2012 5:31 PM ET
Apple's dividend payment, the "Hunger Games" movie's impact on Lionsgate and China's disappointing data were among the top 10 stories this week.
After Hours: AOL shares slightly higher in after hours trade
3/23/2012 5:08 PM ET
Shares of AOL slightly gain in low volume Friday evening following a report the company makes a move aimed at the possible sale of some assets.
Micron, SanDisk slip on NAND pricing worries
3/23/2012 5:05 PM ET
Shares of Micron and SanDisk are among Friday's S&P 500 top decliners as analysts cite pricing worries in the NAND memory chip market.
Movers & Shakers: Friday's biggest gaining & declining stocks
3/23/2012 4:56 PM ET
Shares of the following companies were among those making notable moves in Friday's U.S. stock market:
Market Extra: BATS pulls IPO; glitch rattles Apple trades
3/23/2012 4:38 PM ET
BATS withdraws its much-anticipated initial public offering after a glitch in its electronic exchange disrupted trading in its own debuting shares and those of Apple Inc.
John Dvorak's Second Opinion: Microsoft may be poised to challenge Apple
3/23/2012 4:00 PM ET
Microsoft Corp. seems poised to do something bold: go into the computer business to compete with Apple, writes John Dvorak.
Futures Movers: Oil closes up as traders eye demand, supply views
3/23/2012 3:15 PM ET
Crude prices climb, buoyed by concerns over global supplies following a report of a drop in Iranian oil exports, as traders digest the week's economic data, searching for hints on the prospects for demand.
Market Extra: Zynga shares fall as insiders plan stock sale
3/23/2012 3:01 PM ET
Insiders at the social-game maker plan to sell more than $558 million shares of stock in a secondary offering, with CEO Mark Pincus leading the way.
MarketWatch First Take: Zynga's popular new game: MoneyVille
3/23/2012 2:59 PM ET
Insiders' plan to cash out some shares of the social game maker following a big run up raises some eyebrows.
London Markets: London ends higher; pension deal lifts BT
3/23/2012 1:40 PM ET
BT Group is the biggest gainer after a pension-plan agreement, with the FTSE 100 turning higher in late action.
India Stocks: India stocks end down week on upbeat note
3/23/2012 1:32 PM ET
Indian stocks finish lower for the week, weighed down by disappointment over the government's budget as well as worries over slowing growth in China, but a key benchmark scores Friday gains on an upbeat outlook for software makers and an upgrade of Indian equities by Goldman Sachs.
Europe Markets: Europe stocks see biggest weekly fall of 2012
3/23/2012 1:25 PM ET
European stock markets inch higher Friday in the worst week of 2012, as recent weak economic data fuel renewed global growth concerns, while rising banks and miners provide short-term relief.
Indications: U.S. stock futures flat ahead of housing data
3/23/2012 9:12 AM ET
Investors on Wall Street play it safe ahead of the opening bell, awaiting a further round of housing data.
Before the Bell: U.S. housing data in the spotlight
3/23/2012 8:06 AM ET
Ahead of the opening bell, investors are waiting for a new round of U.S. housing data.
Asia Markets: Asia stocks fall, led by Japan, China
3/23/2012 5:08 AM ET
Asia markets sink, tracking losses for U.S. shares on concerns about slowing global growth, and with a stronger yen weighing on Japanese exporters.
Commodities Corner: China, India rock gold, oil commodity markets
3/23/2012 12:01 AM ET
China and India are already among the globe's heavyweights when it comes to influencing the commodities markets, but their power to sway the direction of oil, gold and cotton among others, is only going to strengthen, providing further fuel for market volatility.
Mutual Funds Weekly: Dividends, value and prudent speculation
3/22/2012 10:29 PM ET
When your cost basis on Apple is $7 a share, many investors will be interested to know what you're buying now. For John Buckingham, editor of the Prudent Speculator newsletter, value stocks and dividend payers are among his favorites. Read these and other top money and investing features.
Stocks to Watch: Stocks to watch Friday: Darden, KB Home
3/22/2012 6:43 PM ET
Among the stocks that could see active trade in Friday's session are Darden Restaurants, KB Home and Micron Technology.
Micron swings to loss as sales slip
3/22/2012 5:07 PM ET
Shares of Micron fall after-hours after chip company reported a loss on weaker sales for the second fiscal quarter.
Movers & Shakers: Thursday's biggest gaining & declining stocks
3/22/2012 4:58 PM ET
MarketWatch's daily rundown of shares making sizeable moves in the U.S. stock market.
After Hours: Nike shares up, Micron lower after hours
3/22/2012 4:52 PM ET
The world's largest athletic shoe maker's quarterly earnings and sales come in above Wall Street's estimates, while the chip maker swings to a bigger-than-anticipated quarterly loss.
Rex On Techs: Will Zynga say ‘OMG!' with ‘Draw Something'?
3/22/2012 2:39 PM ET
Deal for OMGPOP demonstrates how quickly the social-media firm needs to keep churning out popular games, writes Rex Crum.
MarketWatch Adviser Weekly: Tax changes loom; time to harvest gains?
3/22/2012 1:14 PM ET
Robert Powell writes in his Your Portfolio column about some tax changes on the horizon and why they are important, even urgent, for some investors. The so-called Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. And that has investment and tax professionals talking in general about the need to start harvesting gains — now.
Personal Finance Daily: Apple investors: Beware tax changes
3/22/2012 1:13 PM ET
Robert Powell asks in his Your Portfolio column, which is better: capital gains and dividend income, or just capital gains? Next year, some changes to the tax law could make that question urgent for many investors.
Gamestop steps up bet on digital, mobile
3/22/2012 12:43 PM ET
Videogame retailer feels pinch of slowing disk sales and expands digital services and iDevice trade-in business.
Israel Stocks: Israel's Caesarstone relies on silica, not silicon
3/22/2012 12:02 PM ET
From Israel, which makes much of its living from silicon, comes an initial public offering of a company that makes its living from silica — quartz. Caesarstone, producer of engineered quartz slabs for countertops, stairs and other products, late Wednesday priced its IPO on Wall Street at $11 a share. That's below the range it estimated in its prospectus of $14 to $16 a share.
Indications: U.S. stock futures remain down after claims
3/22/2012 9:07 AM ET
Stock-index futures track moves lower for overseas equities and falling commodity prices, after China factory data reveal a sharp slowdown in activity. Another positive report on the U.S. labor market fails to cheer investors
Asia Markets: Asia markets hit by China data
3/22/2012 5:23 AM ET
Many major Asia markets came under pressure after data show Chinese manufacturing activity likely slowed sharply this month, though some markets managed to recover by the close.
John Shinal's Tech Investor: You and your Apple dividend
3/22/2012 1:23 AM ET
The decision to resume dividend payments means a vast payout to a wide variety of investors, mutual funds and asset managers, writes commentator John Shinal.
Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: Tech firms clamor for space in bubbly S.F. market
3/22/2012 12:01 AM ET
Growing tech companies, both large and small, are fueling one of the hottest commercial real estate markets since 2005 but it's starting to feel like 1999.
Bill Mann's Canada: Canadians still like to go out when they shop
3/22/2012 12:01 AM ET
Are Canadians really "wary" of online shopping, as some recent media reports are suggesting? Or could it just be that here, anyway, bricks-and-mortar shopping is still a pleasant experience?
Money Talks: 5 money moves a prudent speculator is making now
3/22/2012 12:01 AM ET
The popularity of Apple Inc. is propelling growth-stock portfolios and grating on bargain-seeking investors who can't take a bite of the stock. But that doesn't rile John Buckingham, editor of the Prudent Speculator investment newsletter, who is focused on five attractive areas of the market.
Oracle, SAP getting rattled by the ‘Cloud'
3/22/2012 12:01 AM ET
About a decade after it emerged as a new way for companies to access business applications, software-as-a-service firms, led by, become bigger threat to industry giants Oracle and SAP.
Outside the Box: Microsoft's tablet strategy could challenge Apple
3/22/2012 12:01 AM ET
Windows 8 is a radically redesigned operating system that is intended to be dual-purpose, working equally well on portable touchscreen devices and on workhorse desktop PCS that use a keyboard and mouse.
H-P chair: Next CEO to come from within
3/21/2012 9:20 PM ET
H-P Chairman Ray Lane says board working on succession plan so next CEO is chosen from within. Shareholders approve board's 11 nominees.
Solar's cruel twist for California power firms
3/21/2012 6:36 PM ET
Solar power prices are coming down just as utilities need to boost renewable energy resources, but roadblocks remain for sun power.
The Ratings Game: LinkedIn gets big lift after Goldman upgrade
3/21/2012 5:12 PM ET
Analyst sees mobile business as key to future growth for online professional networking company
Stocks to Watch: Stocks to watch Thursday: ConAgra, FedEx
3/21/2012 4:46 PM ET
Among the stocks that could see active trade in Thursday's session are Con Agra, Dollar General and FedEx.
Zynga buys maker of ‘Draw Something' game
3/21/2012 4:30 PM ET
Social game maker picks up New York-based OMGPOP for an undisclosed sum following hit reception for "Draw Something."
Movers & Shakers: Wednesday's biggest gaining and declining stocks
3/21/2012 4:27 PM ET
MarketWatch's daily rundown of shares making sizable moves in the U.S. stock market.
Market Extra: Gasoline inflation's retail impact uneven
3/21/2012 3:38 PM ET
While gasoline inflation is expected to broadly hurt consumer spending, its impact may be uneven for retailers from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to Home Depot Inc.
London Markets: U.K. FTSE 100 ends flat after budget
3/21/2012 2:05 PM ET
U.K. stocks post flat finish Wednesday, with Vodafone and Sainsbury on the rise, while Treasury chief George Osborne unveils a cut in the top personal tax rate to 45%.
Canadian Markets: Canadian stocks fall as China concerns linger
3/21/2012 1:50 PM ET
Canadian stocks extend losses on Wednesday, weighed down by lingering concerns over China's growth and commodity appetite.
Europe Markets: Banks push Europe stocks lower for third day
3/21/2012 1:30 PM ET
Most European stock decline on Wednesday, with banks under pressure as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says European banking system must be strengthened.
MarketWatch First Take: H-P's latest move draws skepticism
3/21/2012 1:03 PM ET
Tech giant sees shares fall on Meg Whitman's plan to combine the PC and printer businesses. It's a move that's been tried before.
H-P shakes up business ahead of meeting
3/21/2012 12:46 PM ET
Just hours before its annual shareholders' meeting, Hewlett-Packard announced a major shake-up that combined the company's PC and printer businesses. Long-time company vet VJ Joshi to retire.
Indications: U.S. stock futures steady ahead of home sales
3/21/2012 9:24 AM ET
U.S. stock-market futures are flat Wednesday as Europe stocks wobble and commodity prices attempt a rebound ahead of a report that could show a rise in U.S. home sales.
Asia Markets: Most Asian markets drop on China worries
3/21/2012 5:29 AM ET
Most Asian markets fall as lingering worries about China's economic growth pressure commodity and exporter stocks, with Japanese shares declining for the first time in six trading days.
Jon Friedman's Media Web: Goldman Sachs traitor enrages Bloomberg
3/21/2012 12:01 AM ET
The company might have had an agenda all its own, writes media columnist Jon Friedman.
After Hours: Oracle shares climb in evening trade
3/20/2012 6:19 PM ET
Stocks climb in the evening after the corporate-software giant reports better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and FSI International also sees their stocks climb, but Jabil Circuit shares fall after quarterly results.
Oracle shares climb as profit rises 18%
3/20/2012 6:02 PM ET
Oracle shares climb as the company reports an 18% jump in profit.
MarketWatch First Take: Oracle appeases investors for now
3/20/2012 5:57 PM ET
After a disappointing fiscal second quarter, Oracle appeared to get back on track with better growth in software licenses, but the decline in hardware revenue remains a concern for some investors.