U.S. stock markets had a hard time making up their mind today, as major U.S. indexes vacillated between positive and negative several times throughout the day. By day's end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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In similar fashion, both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq swang back and forth throughout the day. At close, the S&P shed 0.1% and the Nasdaq lost a whopping 0.2%. In another sign of calm in the markets, the VIX
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One of the largest storylines weighing on individual stocks today was news from shipping-solutions giant FedEx
Today's major tech news sent shares of Finnish handset maker Nokia
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