Apparently markets can head a direction other than down. Not to sound overly short-termist, but the past week has been an absolutely brutal one for investors. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
Both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 took the Dow's cue and rose 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively. The market's so-called "fear gauge," or the VIX
Around the markets
Today's trading session featured several important storylines. In technology, Facebook continued its slow march south, giving up yet another 3.8% and marking yet again a new all-time low for the social-networking website. Shares of online content delivery provider Akamai Technologies posted a Facebook-esque loss as well today, dropping 3.2%. News surfaced today that Netflix
Highly volatile stocks also rebounded strongly today. Shares of medical-device maker MAKO Surgical
Where do we go from here?
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