Stocks end at their lowest levels since July. Single-family home sales drop to 1995 levels. Medtronic slumps after trimming guidance. Dell and Hewlett-Packard battle over 3Par.
The expiration of tax credits available earlier in the year hurt sales in July. Single-family sales drop to levels not seen in 15 years. But homebuilding shares rebound off early losses.
Economic worries continue to weigh on investors' minds. 3Par soars again after a Hewlett-Packard bid tops Dell by a third. Gold is little changed; oil drops 1%.
As earnings season winds down, results are due from Burger King, Barnes & Noble, Toll Bros., Tiffany and big Canadian banks. Economic reports may not offer much cheer.
Morning losses are cut in half as the dollar falls against the euro. Crude falls below $74. Research In Motion shares fall on a downgrade.
Manufacturing is the biggest winner as automakers begin to rehire. Construction is still shrinking.
Jobless claims and a key manufacturing indicator worsen. Intel will buy security software maker McAfee. Interest rates fall. Dell earnings disappoint. Hewlett-Packard boosts outlook.
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