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.
The Dow rises 62 points; the S&P 500 nears break-even for 2011. The market is poised for a third weekly gain in the last four as new reports suggest the economy is firming. Wall Street loves an Akamai deal. Oil flirts with $100.
The package carrier is a leading indicator as investor focus returns to the domestic economy in the week ahead. Europe won't go away. The Fed will acknowledge a stronger economy. Best Buy, Joy Global, and Research In Motion report quarterly results.
Prices settle lower as the US reports lackluster job growth in October.
The Dow is looking at opening down more than 230 points. Gold tops $1,700 an ounce. Asian stocks slump. The European Central Bank will support Italian and Spanish bonds.
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