Strength in Amazon.com boosts the Nasdaq. Boeing and American Express push the Dow to a small loss. Adobe earnings cheer investors. Gold and oil move higher. Interest rates drop.
Keep a neutral to slightly negative bias as we march toward 2011.
AAA's daily tracking of US retail pump prices puts the national average higher than that in many markets.
How to play the market this week using ETF's
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit multiyear highs, but DuPont and IBM pull the Dow lower. Jobless claims decline. Ford will expand a Louisville, Ky., plant. Tenet Healthcare soars on a takeover bid.
Analysis: A very rare combination of market factors is in the works. Fortunately, playing this move is really easy.
Stocks soar as ADP says private employers added 93,000 jobs in November. The Fed sees modest nationwide growth. Hopes build for a European financial rescue. Auto sales rise.
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