The Dow falls 92 after falling as many 192 pionts. Traders are unhappy after the European Central Bank doesn't offer big moves to save the euro. Knight Capital may need help after losses from market glitch. Some retailers had a strong July.
Dell reports weaker-than-expected revenue, and Abercrombie & Fitch's earnings fall short of forecasts.
Fear of Mideast turmoil and government debt worries push precious metals higher. Interest rates rise on worries the Fed may raise rates before 2011 ends. Chip stocks jump on Texas Instruments' deal to buy National Semiconductor.
The blue chips see their best 2-day gains since September after a report on pending home sales surprises. Retailers report decent November sales. Gold briefly nears $1,400. Krispy Kreme shares soar.
The Dow nearly hits 11,000 but ends off 19 points. Investors cheer Alcoa results. Retailers see decent September sales. Analysts see the U.S. jobless rate rising to 9.7%.
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