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.
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.
The major averages manage small gains after the government says the economy created 96,000 jobs in August, less than expected. Gold jumps as traders expect more Fed stimulus. Google tops $700. Pandora Media slumps as Apple may become a rival.
The Dow sees a 60-point gain fade to just 12 points, despite hopes a solution for Europe's debt crisis is coming into focus. FedEx shares are lower on a profit warning. Dollar General boosts guidance. Crude oil recovers early losses.
The Dow ends up 90 after the Fed Chairman says the central bank won't shy from trying to boost the economy. Facebook hits a new low. Gold hits a 5-month high. September historically can be rough.
Stocks rebound from early lows after Fed Chairman Bernanke says the central bank can do more to boost the economy. Hopes build for a European rescue package. Crude oil and gold drop. Amazon rises on Kindle speculation.
A soft jobs market is not the only reason for the sell-off in stocks and oil. Add in weak Hewlett-Packard results and economic weakening in Europe and China. Gold manages to end higher. New-home sales grind higher; housing stocks slip.
Stocks rally strongly after the government says 163,000 jobs were added to the economy, more than expected. Kraft and HP lead the Dow; Procter & Gamble sets a share buyback program. LinkedIn's guidance impresses. Gold and oil push higher.
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