Home prices rise more than expected. Consumer confidence increases. The Federal Reserve agrees to consider more steps to boost economy if necessary.
Stocks sell off heavily in late trading on more worries about the economy. But deals erupt, with Intel buying Infineon's mobile chip business and 3M buying Cogent. Oil falls; gold moves higher.
A slew of important economic reports are due in the week before Labor Day. The key event Friday: The big jobs report for August.
The Dow slips as Microsoft boosts Nasdaq. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has a liver transplant. Financier Allen Stanford is indicted.
Financial and health care stocks lead the rally. Research In Motion results disappoint, but shares revive and may boost Friday's open.
Earnings are strong, but subscriber growth and guidance are less robust than expected. But shares make a comeback after hours.
While health and tech stocks are strong, worries about Obama's regulation proposals pull financial stocks lower.
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