Stocks rose Friday despite the US adding fewer jobs than forecast in July, curbing optimism that the economy is poised to pick up strength in the second half of the year. Stocks gradually recovered throughout the day and major indexes ended slightly higher.
Stocks wandered between the tiniest of gains and losses before closing mixed Tuesday. The calendar said late July, but on Wall Street it seemed more like August, when many traders take off for vacation and fewer stocks trade hands.
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Stocks ended slightly higher on Wall Street Thursday as gains in energy and chemical companies pushed the market higher. Even with plenty of earnings news from big companies, stocks have shuffled between minor gains and minor losses.
Stocks were tugged lower Wednesday by a grim earnings report from the world's largest construction equipment company. That makes two consecutive days of losses for stocks, the first time that's happened all month.