The Dow sees a small gain. Amazon.com is weak; the 10-year Treasury tops 2.9%. Retail sales in October were stronger than expected. Caterpillar is buying Bucyrus for $7.6 billion.
The major averages end the day basically flat but sport decent gains for the month. Earnings misses from Chevron and Merck offset gains for Alcoa and Microsoft. GDP grows at an annualized 2%.
Stocks slump on news that Bank of America may be sued over bad mortgages. China's rate hike worries traders who've bet on the country's rapid economic growth. Gold and oil slump.
The big question: Will the rally continue? Watch for more deals. The Fed's Beige Book report will be closely studied. So will President Obama's stimulus proposals to boost the economy.
American employers shed 54,000 jobs in August, fewer than expected. The unemployment rate rises to 9.6%. Goldcorp will buy Andean Resources for $3.4 billion.
Home prices rise more than expected. Consumer confidence increases. The Federal Reserve agrees to consider more steps to boost economy if necessary.
The blue chips reverse an early 102-point decline. New-home sales drop to their lowest level on record. Industrial production is weak. Gold and silver rise.
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