Stocks are edging higher in midday trading at the start of the last full week before the next round of corporate earnings reports begin.
Stocks plunged Tuesday and bond prices rose as the nuclear crisis in Japan intensified following a deadly earthquake and tsunami. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points.
Mounting concerns over the impact of the massive earthquake in Japan are pushing stocks lower in midday trading. The earthquake and tsunami along Japan’s northeast coast killed thousands and has raised fears of a slowdown in the world’s third-largest economy.