Stocks are higher and once again within striking distance of all-time highs after unemployment claims fell last week.
A new report says backed-up highways mean a stronger economy, with more people taking to the roads to get to work.
These dividend funds added the tech company to their holdings and can now stand to gain from the increased payout.
Investors are digesting a slew of earnings as they await jobless claims data.
S&P says yes, and assigns a AA+ rating to the company.
A research group's report claims more Lone Star State workers in the sector than ranchers, but it fails to mention all of those in oil and gas.
Big Blue has an outsized effect on the blue-chip index because of its price. If the stock were simply flat, the DJIA would be up 100 points.
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The more likely scenario is that the markets begin to rise from here -- and that bounce is just beginning to take hold.
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