Stocks rally but retreat after the government says the unemployment rate falls to 7.8%, lowest since 2009. Apple, Zynga and Facebook lead a pullback. Crude oil falls below $90. Alcoa starts earnings season on Tuesday.
The social network announced a major milestone, and it's time to examine its meaning for investors.
The S&P 500 is up for a 4th day in a row. Jobless claims aren't as bad as feared. Google hits a new intraday high; Apple comes back from early lows. Gold finishes at an 11-month high. Coal stocks jump.
Global demand and globalization have helped America's tech sector, not hurt it.
The market manages small gains overall, but Apple shares rise on excitement about its new iPhone. Germany's high court approves German participation in the European rescue fund. Zuckerberg's interview helps Facebook shares.
Cliffs Natural Resources, Alcoa and Bank of America are among the leaders. Crude oil tops $97. A German court rules Wednesday on whether Germany can participate in a eurozone rescue fund. Luxury retailers take a hit.
Apple's market cap tops $623 billion, beating a record set by Microsoft in 1999. Stocks end flat. Aetna will buy Coventry Health for $5.7 billion. Urban Outfitter shares jump on strong results. Gold moves up; oil slips.
Cisco Systems' earnings cheer tech investors. An IBM deal also excites the market. Building permits hit a 4-year high. Wal-Mart and Ross Stores results disappoint. Facebook hits a new low. Jobless claims are flat.
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