Weekly initial unemployment claims jump 13,000. Wholesale prices increased slightly in September. Yahoo shares climb on talk of a possible takeover bid. Google reports earnings after the close.
The Verizon iPhone and the iPad invasion have given investors more reason to pile into AAPL.
Prices rallied past $1,370 as the US dollar weakened.
Earnings from the Dow components beat expectations, sending foreign shares up more than 1%. Investors bet the Fed will take steps to boost the economy. Apple tops $300.
Prices slipped as investors waited for news of more monetary easing from the Federal Reserve.
The drug giant will expand its offerings by buying the pain-treatment company for $3.6 billion.
Global markets are down after China moves to tame inflation. The Fed will release notes from its most recent policy meeting. Pfizer will buy King Pharmceuticals for $3.6 billion.
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