But stocks come back from a midday sell-off. December payrolls increased by 103,000 -- less than expected. Gold falls for the fourth day in a row. The dollar is up against the euro.
The markets turn lower as unemployment -- at its lowest level since May 2009 -- misses expectations. The Fed chief sees more slow job growth ahead. Gold slides as the dollar gains.
Merchants report disappointing numbers after a storm-beaten holiday season. First-time unemployment claims increase more than forecast. BP's shares rise after an oil-spill report spreads the blame.
US companies expand their workforces far more than expected. Qualcomm will buy Atheros for $3.2 billion. A gauge of service-sector activity rises in December.
Prices rally on weaker-than-expected employment growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate.
Dow gains 20 after being down much of the day. The dollar slips. US employers added fewer workers than expected in November. Unemployment rises to 9.8%. Gold jumps as investors take cover.
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.
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