Prices rally on weaker-than-expected employment growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate.
Bargain-hunting boosts shares after investor worries about European financial woes drive markets lower. Retailers see a strong weekend of holiday sales.
The greenback pressures the yellow metal as the EU announces a $113 billion aid plan for Ireland.
If history is a guide, stocks should have a decent day. But Korean tensions and financial woes in Europe may weigh on the markets. The week ahead will be important.
Prices rise as investors react to a new conflict between North and South Korea and continued eurozone contagion fears.
A day after cracking $1,400, gold prices continued to rally on concerns over eurozone debt, while silver surged 5.4%.
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.
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