Mr. Market couldn't seem to figure out whether to zig or zag in today's session. All three major indices, the Dow Jones Industrials Average
Gain / Loss
Gain / Loss %
|Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI )||-55.78||(-0.45%)||12,359.92|
|Nasdaq (INDEX: ^IXIC )||+4.36||+0.16%||2,674.22|
The macro news items moving markets today were the unemployment and payroll numbers. The unemployment rate came in at 8.5%, below the 8.7% that was expected. Nonfarm payrolls climbed by 200,000, topping the expected increase of 150,000. Private payrolls were up by 212,000, above the anticipated 170,000. Of course, the specter that is Europe's possible implosion still looms menacingly over markets as well.
The bright spots
Just because the markets were flat today, that doesn't mean there weren't a few winners, though.
Rounding out the winners today is McDonald's
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