Consumer sentiment falls, dampens stock rally
Consumer sentiment fell unexpectedly in September.
Stocks are fluctuating after a discouraging report on consumer sentiment tempered recent signs of economic growth and upbeat earnings from the technology sector.Skip to next paragraph
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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.