The Philadelphia Fed's manufacturing index shows activity remains weak. New jobless claims decline. FedEx's forecast disappoints investors. Geithner says China should let yuan appreciate.
The dollar surges after reports that Japan might take further steps to weaken the yen. The Empire State Manufacturing Index drops more than expected. Industrial production stalls.
US retail sales increase 0.4%. Best Buy raises its full-year forecast after reporting a big earnings gain. Gold hits a record. German investor confidence falls to a 19-month low.
Prices struggled again Friday as investors opted for riskier stocks.
Better-than-expected reports on jobless claims and the trade deficit set off an early rally. Profit-taking and worries about European banks trim gains. McDonald's August sales don't excite.
New study shows that more than a third of the unemployed who've found new jobs are working for less pay.
The Dow closes up 46 after the Fed sees 'widespread' signs of slowing growth. European worries ease. JPMorgan and Alcoa lead the blue chips. Oil falls back from $75.
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