Prices rally on weaker-than-expected employment growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate.
Dow gains 20 after being down much of the day. The dollar slips. US employers added fewer workers than expected in November. Unemployment rises to 9.8%. Gold jumps as investors take cover.
Prices touched $1,399 but failed to muster the momentum needed for a stronger rally.
Pending home sales climb 10%, boosting homebuilder stocks. European Central Bank extends measures to contain debt crisis. New jobless claims rise more than forecast.
Private-sector payrolls in the US increased by 93,000 in November. Markets rally on speculation that the European Central Bank may step in to contain the eurozone debt crisis.
Prices get a double-digit lift as investors seek safety.
Consumer confidence rises to the highest level since June. Manufacturing activity jumps unexpectedly. Investors worry that Spain and Portugal will need aid. Gold rallies as the dollar gains.
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