Prices plummeted as rumors of a Chinese interest-rate hike prompt investors to dump the metals and other commodities.
Stocks turn up -- as the dollar falls -- after the Fed vows to step in to boost economy. Pfizer is buying King Pharmaceuticals. Drilling shares rise after Obama lifts drilling moratorium.
Prices rally again as the private sector unexpectedly sheds 39,000 employees.
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.
Twice the S&P 500 has faded after reaching 1,130. It's close again, and worries are growing. Japan sells yen to combat a falling dollar. Travelers may buy back more shares than thought.
Stocks rise for a fourth straight day after private-sector jobs grow more than expected, but unemployment hits 9.6%. Apple is seen doubling iPad production. Markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
Today's data surprised investors and economists alike, suggesting that earlier gloom was too gloomy. But there still should be worries about long-term unemployment.
As earnings season winds down, results are due from Burger King, Barnes & Noble, Toll Bros., Tiffany and big Canadian banks. Economic reports may not offer much cheer.
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