Netflix and Dean Foods are among the US benchmark's top gainers this year.
A falling dollar lifts gold, oil and natural gas. Financial and materials stocks are strong, with Bank of America a leader. Medco Health loses a big contract; shares tumble. Markets will close Monday for Memorial Day.
Jobless claims are larger than expected; economic growth is tepid. But stocks recover from early losses. Oil and gold move lower. Techs move higher on NetApp. A top hedge-fund manager says Microsoft's Ballmer should go.
Last month's losses weren't very big and the finish was strong, which could give bulls some cheer. But the market holds some sizable risks in coming weeks and perhaps beyond.
Crude oil tops $101, and gold and silver push higher. Netflix leads the Nasdaq. Rising costs hit shares of Polo Ralph Lauren and Costco. Whlle home prices fall, a government report says, Pittsburgh prices hold their own.
It's been hit hard recently, but the primary gas ETF and several leading stocks are showing signs of a bottom.
Russian search firm Yandex could turn out to be the star of this week's IPOs, raising $1.3 billion on the heels of LinkedIn's debut.
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