Increased seasonal hiring brings big gifts for job seekers, including the potential for continued full-time work after the holidays end.
While average Americans are buoyant over some curiously strong jobs numbers, investors are increasingly bothered by a growing list of concerns.
JPMorgan's and Wells Fargo's shares slip despite record profits.
The Dow ends with its fourth straight loss as an early rally falls apart. Jobless claims hit their lowest level since 2008. Sprint Nextel is talking about a deal with Japan's Softbank. Apple slumps. Oil rises on Middle East worries.
Stocks end higher, but Hewlett-Packard falls to a 10-year low as CEO Whitman warns of a 'fix-and-rebuild' year ahead. ADP says the private sector added 162,000 jobs in September. Low rates spur mortgage applications. Oil falls under $89.
The blue chips break a 4-day losing streak as jobless claims fall. Gold and oil jump on Netanyahu's Iran warnings. Tech stocks rebound from Wednesday's losses. Research In Motion soars on earnings beat; Nike falls back as earnings slip.
MSN Money's Charley Blaine answers readers' questions about unemployment, the economy and current investment ideas.
The Dow sees a small gain; the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are lower. Jobless claims improve slightly. Oracle earnings don't impress. Trulia has a big IPO. Shares of Norfolk Southern and Bed Bath & Beyond sag. Economic reports from Europe and China are weak.
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All hail the bull market, which ended the week with a big rally. But it also is starting to look a little like 1987, which suffered an epic blow-out.
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