The Dow is off slightly on the day, after falling nearly 130 points at the open. Decent reports on jobless claims and new-home sales helped.
Global markets reacted to the mixed message from the Fed by selling. But there is indication of another rally phase ahead.
As the stock market reaches new highs, Goldman Sachs sees more gains ahead. Fueling the market: An improving economy, growing dividends and low interest rates.
Bargain hunting gives silver a boost after a nasty dive in overnight markets. But worries about rising interest rates and a possible U.S. debt downgrade gives the metal a boost.
All hail the bull market, which ended the week with a big rally. But it also is starting to look a little like 1987, which suffered an epic blow-out.
It's old tech versus new tech in a race for recovery.
The metal is in danger of giving up all its gains since its mid-April low. Some talk has gold falling to $1,250 an ounce.
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