A decent report on manufacturing offsets a weak report on construction spending. An analyst price target of $1,001 pushes Apple over $610. Coty bids $10 billion for Avon Products. Groupon slumps on accounting problems. Oil and gold move higher.
Friday's jobs report will be the week's big event, along with auto sales reports on Tuesday. Bed Bath & Beyond, Carmax and Monsanto report results. Apple had the biggest impact on the market in the quarter, but Sears was the top S&P 500 stock.
The February jobs report and Europe will command the most investor attention, along with reports on factory orders and the service economy. Apple will show off its new iPad. Earnings are due from Dick's Sporting Goods and Brown Forman.
The blue chips just miss a close of 13,000 in a rally sparked by a decent report on jobless claims. Salesforce.com, AIG results cheer. Apple ponders what to do with $98 billion in cash. Speculators briefly push oil above $108.
A 157-point gain puts the Dow at pre-2008 crash levels after the economy adds 243,000 jobs in January, the most since April. The services economy also sees growth. Crude oil and interest rates rise; gold slips. Apple hits a new high.
Investors want to see if Friday's unemployment numbers show a growing economy -- or not. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' results cheer the Street. Jobless claims drop. Macy's boosts 2012 guidance. Zynga shares jump on Facebook excitement.
But the economy that Obama will talk about Tuesday night is struggling. Job growth is still a problem, and the housing collapse is weighing on business.
US unemployment falls to 8.5% in December, suggesting a strengthening economy. But the Dow drops 56, and the S&P falls 3. Tech gains boost the Nasdaq. Gold and oil drop. A report says Apple may put mini-stores in Target.
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