After a strong day yesterday, stocks gave back much of their gains this morning. Investors took Germany's announcement of 3% GDP growth in 2011 with a grain of salt, as the first part of the year was by far the strongest as European debt woes have slowed the Continent's biggest economy in more recent months. Just after 11:30 a.m. EST, the Dow Jones Industrials
Gold prices continued their recent rise, hitting a four-week high above $1,640 per ounce. More than 100,000 kilos of gold purchases from China helped boost the yellow metal.
Looking at Dow stocks, Coca-Cola
On the upside, Bank of America
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