Consumer sentiment falls, dampens stock rally
Consumer sentiment fell unexpectedly in September.
NEW YORK — Stocks are fluctuating after a discouraging report on consumer sentiment tempered recent signs of economic growth and upbeat earnings from the technology sector.
Stocks had started trading Friday with strong gains following upbeat earnings from BlackBerry maker Research in Motion and software company Oracle. But the surge was short-lived because traders were disappointed to see that consumer confidence is falling again.