Prices lose steam after hitting a record high on Friday. Gold stocks and silver prices also drop.
Prices set records again on the back of a weaker US dollar.
Despite profit-taking, the Dow and S&P 500 stomp on doomsayers who saw continued weakness after a slow summer. Gold slips. AIG moves to shed government involvement.
Eurozone worries, positive data in the US, a stronger dollar and end-of-quarter trading were pushing prices in different directions.
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.
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