Procter & Gamble drags the Dow down 38 points as profits fall from a year ago. July auto sales are mixed. Pending home sales fall. Oil tops $82.
Sales of imports are strong. GM and Ford miss estimates, while Chrysler does better than expected. Big vehicles are selling well. Lack of Cash for Clunkers credit hurts Toyota and Honda.
Motorola and Taiwan's HTC are building market share with Google's mobile phone system, Nielsen says. Research In Motion and Microsoft lose share.
Ernst & Young says there's more optimism among entrepreneurs and investors in initial public offerings. That's good for the economy.
The Dow jumps 208 points; the S&P 500 and Nasdaq are ahead in 2010 for the first time since June. Economic reports from China, Europe and the US are better than expected. Oil tops $81.
The major indexes have a big July, and the month's winners suggests some optimism. The bond market may beg to differ.
Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Kraft lead another huge week of earnings reports. Automakers will release July sales Tuesday. The government reports on July unemployment on Friday.
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