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Commodities like oil, gold, and copper all fell this week. Silver led the plunge in commodities with a 28 percent decline.
The twin US employment reports suggest the strong growth of jobs may have been overstated.
Greece denies report that it's threatening to quit the euro zone. But EU finance ministers are to meet Friday, perhaps to discuss some easing of Greece's debt burden.
Sell-off could be part of the great correction, as QE2 comes to an end.
Dow closes up 54 points, after moving more than 170 points higher. For the week, all three major US indexes fell more than 1 percent.
Rising oil prices have been part of a surge for commodities like gold and silver. The drop in oil prices this week suggests that that surge might be ending.
Counting underutilized and marginally attached workers, the unemployment rate rose in April, according to the new jobs report.
The number of new jobs outpaced expectations and was higher than in the previous month. But the unemployment rate edged up to 9 percent from 8.8 percent in March.
Oil price drop: Oil has retreated after gaining 35 percent from February to reach $114 last week. Other commodities that had jumped in recent months, such as gold and silver, have also seen steep declines this week.
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Medicare reform passed the House. But GOP leaders say they won't push Medicare vouchers in the current round of spending talks.
Commodity trading reversals in US cause Japan and Korean markets to fall. Asian mining, energy companies drop with negative cast to commodity trading.