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.
Obama will discuss tax breaks and his $180 billion plan to boost the economy. Portugal's bond auction allays concerns about European debt. Investors prepare for the Fed's Beige Book.
The Internet is smoking with discussion about whether to end all government interventions and let nature take its course.
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.
Stocks rise for a fourth straight day after private-sector jobs grow more than expected, but unemployment hits 9.6%. Apple is seen doubling iPad production. Markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
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