It appears to be quite the collaborative effort today with every sector scoring sizable gains, but the big storylines are in financials and energy. As far as earnings are concerned, JPMorgan Chase
Crude oil prices continue to march higher as investors are now looking toward the People's Bank of China as the next central bank to slash interest rates to jump start its faltering economy. Oil rose earlier this week on reports that U.S. stockpiles shrunk last week. The potential increase in demand comes on top of the Iranian oil embargo, so look for oil to continue its recent ride while the United States is in its traditionally heavy-driving season.
Who's doing what?
Dow Jones Industrial Average
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Source: Yahoo! Finance.
The speculation of China lowering interest rates once again is having a strong positive impact on the Dow components today. After peaking slightly above $115 per share in February, Caterpillar
Outside of the Dow, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
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