U.S. stock market

With Fed rate decision looming, stocks head lower

More signs of slowing economic growth in China weighed on prices for copper and other commodities Monday. That sent prices for materials stocks lower. Energy stocks fell along with the price of crude oil.

The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 62 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 16,370.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index declined 8 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,953. The Nasdaq composite fell 16 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,805.

Stock market endures worst day in 18 months

The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 43 points, or 2.1 percent, to close at 2,035. It was the index's biggest percentage decline since February 2014. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 358 points, also 2.1 percent, to 16,990. 

The Nasdaq fell 141 points, or 2.8 percent, to 4,877.

Worries over China were again the catalyst for the losses. The Shanghai Composite dropped 3.4 percent Thursday on heavy selling of energy and property companies.

US stocks close mixed as China's currency stabilizes

 Major markets in Europe and Asia made gains, while the U.S. stock market finished with a slight loss.

Officials from China's central bank defended recent moves to loosen the government's grip on its currency, saying that the yuan will eventually rebound from its recent fall. There is "no basis for persistent and substantial devaluation," said a deputy central bank governor, Zhang Xiaohui. The yuan is close to "market levels" after two days of sharp drops, Zhang said.

US stocks mostly rise following solid earnings news

Oil prices fell, dragging energy stocks lower.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up nine points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,102 as of 3 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up four points, less than 0.1 percent, to 17,555, while the Nasdaq rose 41 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5,147.