Stocks rally but retreat after the government says the unemployment rate falls to 7.8%, lowest since 2009. Apple, Zynga and Facebook lead a pullback. Crude oil falls below $90. Alcoa starts earnings season on Tuesday.
Economic concerns resonate on campus, where deficit and unemployment remain major issues.
Coal-related stocks would get a boost, while alternative-energy names would likely become short candidates.
US private-sector payrolls expand by 162,000. Service sector picks up in September. But in China and Europe, data is weak. Also, uncertainty about the timing of Spain's bailout is causing jitters. Best Buy may be up for an $11 billion buyout.
A report commissioned by Congress recommends that restaurants cut back on sodium -- a move that could hurt profits.
MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari discusses the presidential race and offers some investment advice.
The typical cycle suggests a pullback is coming heading into the election, but it could be more severe if Romney wins.
The Dow sees a small gain; the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are lower. Jobless claims improve slightly. Oracle earnings don't impress. Trulia has a big IPO. Shares of Norfolk Southern and Bed Bath & Beyond sag. Economic reports from Europe and China are weak.
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