Investors hope the Fed will act after the US economy lost 95,000 jobs in September. The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 9.6%. Alcoa's shares rally after earnings beat forecasts.
The Dow nearly hits 11,000 but ends off 19 points. Investors cheer Alcoa results. Retailers see decent September sales. Analysts see the U.S. jobless rate rising to 9.7%.
New unemployment claims decrease unexpectedly. Same-store sales rise at American retailers. Alcoa will report third-quarter results.
US companies shed 39,000 jobs in September. Investors speculate the Fed might take steps to boost the economy. General Electric plans to buy Dresser for $3 billion.
The number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits rises. Existing-home sales climb. Leading-indicators index jumps more than expected. Blockbuster files for bankruptcy.
The fertilizer maker believes BHP's $40 billion takeover bid undervalues the company. So, it's looking for an investor group to buy the company. The government reports low inflation but a wider trade gap.
Better-than-expected reports on jobless claims and the trade deficit set off an early rally. Profit-taking and worries about European banks trim gains. McDonald's August sales don't excite.
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