But the shares have come back a lot since bottoming in June. If you'd bought Halliburton at the June low, you'd have doubled your money.
The Dow climbs 26 as the big holiday rally rolls on. Topping $90, oil hits a 2-year high. Walgreen and Bed Bath & Beyond earnings impress. Existing-home sales beat estimates.
The blue chips top 11,500 for the first time since 2008. Nike shares sell off despite strong earnings. Jabil Circuit and Adobe shares jump.
Morningstar says NRG Energy and Sprint, among others, may get a big boost if business turns in their favor.
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.
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