A bullish report on jobless claims raises hopes the recovery is getting stronger. Amazon.com and Tiffany shares fuel the rally. Markets close Thursday for Thanksgiving.
The automaker's shares rise as much as 9%. Global markets climb after Ireland says it might seek funds to help its banks. New jobless claims rise less than expected.
The central bank is expected to announce a plan to stimulate the economy. US companies added 43,000 positions in October. The service sector grows more than forecast. Factory orders rise.
The employment company sees a good quarter as demand for temp workers continues to grow.
Economists had expected the number of workers to remain unchanged. The unemployment rate is steady at 9.6%.
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%.
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