The Dow Jones Industrial Average
A weak reading from the ADP private sector jobs report forced markets lower at the opening of the trading day, where both the S&P and Dow lingered throughout the day. The report tallied private-sector growth of only 119,000 new positions, substantially below the expected gain of 201,000. The negative report also caused a spike in the market's oft-cited "fear gauge," or the VIX
And while this all does amount to a largely negative day in U.S. markets, look to the release of the U.S. Labor Department jobs report this Friday to see whether today's negativity is completely deserved.
Around the markets
Although the broader markets remained relatively flat, individual stocks certainly plenty of drama for investors. In one of the week's most-watched storylines, nat-gas player Chesapeake Energy
On a more positive note, semiconductor play Broadcom
One of the most interesting moves of the day occurred after the market closed today. Heavily shorted Green Mountain Coffee Roasters'
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