Off 160 points in the morning, the Dow ends down just 21. Unemployment holds at 9.5%; private-sector job growth is slight. HP's Hurd resigns over sexual-harassment claim.
The Fed will decide whether another round of stimulus is in order. Cisco Systems, Macy's, Disney and JC Penney will report quarterly results.
It's disappointing because job creation is minimal. But manufacturing is gaining -- a lone bright spot.
The major indexes post minor losses. Wheat soars after Russia stops grain exports. Analysts see US unemployment rising to 9.6%. Retailers report tepid sales.
An important estimate of sales based on July results was trimmed.
The online travel company's results blow away estimates. Toyota and Polo Ralph Lauren also rise. Decent reports on private-sector jobs and services cheer investors.
Anadarko Petroleum and Mitsui are billed $1.68 billion as their shares of the Gulf oil spill cleanup. They argue that BP's negligence caused the spill.
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