Yesterday, investors had high hopes that today's job numbers would give some positive signs about the health of the economy. Unfortunately, what they got, instead, was cold water in their faces, as payroll gains of only 80,000, and no change to the stubbornly high 8.2% unemployment rate, reawakened concerns that attempts to jump-start economic growth aren't getting people back to work. Although the stock market closed well off the low of the day, the Dow Jones Industrials
The vast majority of Dow stocks lost ground on the day, but there were still a few winners. More than half a dozen stocks closed higher on the day, however. Home Depot
Once again, though, the weak-economy plays were among the best performers today. Both McDonald's
Finally, Dow telecoms Verizon and AT&T
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