Topic: Brian Battle
Dow rises 23 points to close at highest level in 34 months. But stocks on Nasdaq edge down.
Dow Industrials fall 242 points. Stocks on S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes also drop to lowest levels of the year.
Obama's actions, more than his speech, will have a big role to play in easing the historically bleak consumer mood.
The final tab may exceed that of the savings and loan bailout, depending on the depth of the housing slump.