All eyes are on Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve, which is set to meet later this week to determine whether further stimulus is needed to jumpstart the U.S. economy. In addition, a German court is set to rule Wednesday on whether Germany can participate in the European bailout fund. Ahead of these two key events, the S&P 500
Companies that helped the S&P 500
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices
Oil and natural gas provider Cabot Oil & Gas
Companies that are hindering the S&P 500
However, not every company was participating in today's modest rally. Brand-name apparel company Polo Ralph Lauren
Another company flying onto investors' radars in a bad way today was Southwest Airlines
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