But bulls resist efforts to muscle the market lower. Gold briefly tops $1,314. Hewlett-Packard rises on bullish outlook. Nintendo tumbles on an earnings warning. A big IPO is postponed.
As the third quarter winds down, prices hang on to record highs.
After an early drop, prices settled at a new record high as traders adjusted their portfolios ahead of the third quarter's close.
Exchange-traded funds in real estate, agriculture and emerging markets are worth watching..
Prices maintain record highs as central banks increasingly hold on to reserves.
In a big week for the economy, reports are due on home prices, economic growth, manufacturing and auto sales. Apple may top $300; look for gold to close above $1,300.
After a steady push upward, prices break through the psychological barrier to set yet another intraday record.
A morning recovery falls apart as a weak report on jobless claims disappoints investors. Wall Street cheers Nike earnings. Gold moves higher, and Starbucks raises prices.
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The Dow jumps 109 points after rising as many as 191. Oil-price jitters and rising rates trim gains. Those factors and the Fed may weigh on markets Tuesday.
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