Investors are licking their wounds after a relatively rough week. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
Macro storylines weighed heavily on U.S. indexes. Anxiousness over the fallout from European elections in France and especially Greece dominated headlines this week. This week's drama reached its crescendo when eurozone governments announced that they considered withholding part of Greece's bailout payments amid the nation's turbulent political climate.
As a result of this week's political tumult, volatility also surged throughout the week. The market's so-called "fear gauge," or the VIX
Around the markets
Funny how a day can change the outlook for a company. Shares of weight-loss-pill company Arena Pharmaceuticals
If passed, this would mark the second instance this year where an agency panel, the step before official FDA approval or rejection, has recommended an obesity drug. Earlier this year, an advisory committee gave its blessing to Qnexa. The news also caused its parent company Vivus
Switching to slightly more reasonable gains, shares of semiconductor player NVIDIA
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