The big question: Will the rally continue? Watch for more deals. The Fed's Beige Book report will be closely studied. So will President Obama's stimulus proposals to boost the economy.
Stocks rise for a fourth straight day after private-sector jobs grow more than expected, but unemployment hits 9.6%. Apple is seen doubling iPad production. Markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
Today's data surprised investors and economists alike, suggesting that earlier gloom was too gloomy. But there still should be worries about long-term unemployment.
The Dow rises 51, but analysts are gloomy about Friday's report on unemployment. Pending home sales and jobless claims beat estimates. Hewlett-Packard wins 3Par. Gold nears a record high.
The facility's owner, Mariner Energy, says there's no evidence of a spill. Thirteen workers are rescued.
Automakers report mostly lower sales from a year ago, when tax credits were available. But upscale cars and big trucks did well in August.
Manufacturing is still growing nicely, the Institute for Supply Management says. Stocks enjoy their best day since early July. Auto sales dropped in August, but auto stocks rally.
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