The Dow falls nearly 4.5% for the month as stocks suffer modest losses. September, historically a tough month, looms. Markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
Low-trading volumes may minimize big market moves in the days to come. But September and its volatile history are still ahead.
But the market is beginning to look overbought as oil prices and interest rates are on the move again. Google, Apple and Facebook boost the Nasdaq.
The central bank will describe its plans for the next few months on Wednesday. The odds favor a bland announcement, which should cheer investors.
A decent report on jobless claims and gains for IBM and financial stocks fuel the rally. Big tech stocks pull back. Microsoft and Google earnings disappoint.
The Dow sheds an early loss and gains 56, despite higher oil prices and worries about Egypt. Friday's jobs report will grab investor attention.
The first half of 2013 packed a memorable rally. After a rough couple of months, we could see another rise, but that will depend on several things going right.
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