The Dow drops more than 150 points amid concerns that Ireland might need aid and China may try to cool its economy. The dollar gains as gold prices drop. Materials and energy stocks fall.
Prices crawl back after Friday's staggering sell-off.
Retail sales jump, while a manufacturing gauge drops. Caterpillar will buy Bucyrus. Ford and Colgate shares gain as Akamai stock falls. Ireland's government says it's not seeking a bailout.
Prices plummeted as rumors of a Chinese interest-rate hike prompt investors to dump the metals and other commodities.
Basic materials stocks sink amid speculation that China will act to slow economic growth. Consumer sentiment index rises more than expected. Gold, oil and copper prices drop.
Prices bounce back somewhat from Wednesday's losses as fears that Ireland could default on its debt send investors looking for safety. But a stronger dollar is tempering the metal's rally.
Retail sales are expected to rise this season, but so are cases of fraudulent returns involving stolen merchandise, counterfeit receipts and other tactics.
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