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.
The number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits rises. Existing-home sales climb. Leading-indicators index jumps more than expected. Blockbuster files for bankruptcy.
The central bank sees weakness for the foreseeable future and promises to act to jolt the ailing patient. Stocks give up afternoon gains. The dollar and oil drop. Housing starts rise.
Housing starts shot up 10.5% in August. The Fed meets to discuss monetary policy today. Bank of America reportedly plans to cut jobs. Airline profits are expected to soar this year.
Funds that invest in the yen, metals, housing and tech companies are in focus.
The homebuilder earned 16 cents a share in the third quarter, beating analysts' estimates of 5 cents a share.
An economics panel declares an end to the longest recession since World War II. IBM will buy Netezza for $1.7 billion. Lennar and Discover post positive results. Gold hits a new high.
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