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.
A strong start to November ended in a fade as Europe's debt problems worried investors. But bulls hope recovery signs will spark new buying.
Bargain-hunting boosts shares after investor worries about European financial woes drive markets lower. Retailers see a strong weekend of holiday sales.
If history is a guide, stocks should have a decent day. But Korean tensions and financial woes in Europe may weigh on the markets. The week ahead will be important.
All signs indicate that 2011 will be a turning point, even if the industry isn't quite ready for it.
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