But bulls resist efforts to muscle the market lower. Gold briefly tops $1,314. Hewlett-Packard rises on bullish outlook. Nintendo tumbles on an earnings warning. A big IPO is postponed.
With Bob Dudley about to replace Tony Hayward as CEO on Friday, the company says Andy Inglis will leave and Mark Bly will head a new safety division.
Unease about the economy fuels gold buying, but oil drops. Adobe weigh on techs. Microsoft sells $4.75 billion in debt. Sears will partner with Forever 21 chain, hoping for 'pizzazz.'
The September rally pushes the Dow up 13, despite a report showing consumers continue to be gloomy. Irish debt fears weigh on markets. Gold briefly tops $1,280.
Bullish results come after stocks struggle to end higher. Jobless claims are better, but a manufacturing report is weaker than expected. FedEx guidance disappoints. Gold moves higher.
Twice the S&P 500 has faded after reaching 1,130. It's close again, and worries are growing. Japan sells yen to combat a falling dollar. Travelers may buy back more shares than thought.
The Dow and S&P 500 slip after 4 days of gains. Gold moves above $1,270. August retail sales are better than expected. Japan moves to push the yen lower. Cisco plans a dividend.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq move into the black for 2010. Growth in Chinese industrial production and strength from banks firm the market. Oil tops $77. Microsoft sees a big late-day jump.
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