The blue chips fall 60, but the Greek news lets them regain most of their early losses, driven by economic worries. Crude oil falls below its 2010 finish after the US says it will sell oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Exxon and Chevron sag.
Strength in Amazon.com boosts the Nasdaq. Boeing and American Express push the Dow to a small loss. Adobe earnings cheer investors. Gold and oil move higher. Interest rates drop.
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%.
Strength in bank and tech stocks pulls the market back from early losses. Whirlpool and Sprint results and a weak report on durable goods disappoint. A rising dollar pushes gold and oil lower.
The September rally pushes the Dow up 13, despite a report showing consumers continue to be gloomy. Irish debt fears weigh on markets. Gold briefly tops $1,280.
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