The S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit multiyear highs, but DuPont and IBM pull the Dow lower. Jobless claims decline. Ford will expand a Louisville, Ky., plant. Tenet Healthcare soars on a takeover bid.
Prices pick back up as investors take advantage of the recent decline.
Prices fall on skittish year-end trading, a stronger dollar and renewed fears that China will raise its interest rates.
A deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits fuels fears about the growing national deficit.
Prices rally after Fed chief Ben Bernanke says the government would consider more monetary easing. Silver tops $30 an ounce.
Prices rally on weaker-than-expected employment growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate.
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.
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