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%.
Sales of Windows 7 fuel growth for the software giant. Stocks end flat as 3M's decline pushes the Dow lower, but traders appear to be waiting for next week's election and Fed meeting.
Stocks turn up -- as the dollar falls -- after the Fed vows to step in to boost economy. Pfizer is buying King Pharmaceuticals. Drilling shares rise after Obama lifts drilling moratorium.
$2.2 billion in trust-preferred securities will be sold.
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For the first time in at least 20 years, the company is giving more campaign money to Republicans than to Democrats.
The indexes end down more than 4% in August. Traders continue to be skeptical about the economy. Home prices rose in July, and consumer confidence gains slightly. Gold jumps above $1,250.
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