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.
The major averages slide lower after the Federal Reserve promises more stimulus only if the economy sags more. The European Central Bank meets Thursday to deal with Europe's woes. US manufacturing dips. Auto sales are solid. Facebook falls below $21.
The Dow's 53-point gain slips away as traders hope for stimulus moves from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. Apple surges on reports the new iPhone will debut in mid-September. Natural gas and corn prices jump.
The blue chips come back after an early 112-point loss. French automaker Peugeot announces 8,000 job cuts. The euro hits a 2-year low. P&G gets some new attention. Oil and gold slide. Marriott International and Supervalu sag.
Stocks end lower for the week. The economy adds 80,000 jobs in June, less than expected. The unemployment rate holds at 8.2%. IBM, Caterpillar and Boeing are among the day's losers. Apple weighs on the Nasdaq. Oil falls below $85.
Stocks fall broadly, and crude oil sinks below $80 as a widely watched manufacturing report disappoints. Existing-home sales dip. Bed Bath & Beyond and Celegene shares slump. Big banks are downgraded by Moody's.
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