In a short trading day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
The monthly factory orders report released this morning showed demand growing slightly faster than expected at 0.7%, and June auto sales were way ahead of estimates, up 22% from a year ago. General Motors
In the market's most bizarre move of the day, Microsoft
Elsewhere on the Dow, cyclicals Alcoa and Caterpillar led the day reacting to the news of the promising factory orders report. Both stocks gained more than 3%. Home Depot
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