Source: Yahoo! Finance.
Reported job increases had given the market a boost in recent weeks. However, that positive news has been tempered recently by less-than-encouraging revelations that unemployment is creeping back up, and that the end of the year may not have been so good for retail after all. With all this volatility, you could be forgiven for a little seasickness, but don't bail just yet.
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