Mixed news often produces a lack of direction in the stock market. Despite a slight 1.3% rise in home prices in the U.S., consumer confidence fell for the fourth month in a row. When you combine that with ongoing nervousness about how European nations will address the growing financial crisis across the Atlantic, you get investors who don't know which way to push stock prices. By 10:45 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones
Within the Dow, a slight reprieve from the recent weakness in oil prices helped boost shares of Chevron
Leading the way in the Dow, though, was JPMorgan Chase
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