After three straight days of triple-digit losses, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
Speculation of Federal Reserve assistance intensified, since the Fed promised to act if the economic situation became dire, but it did not indicate any actions officially. On the flip side, new home sales slipped 8.4% in June, coming down hard from a two-year high in May.
Earnings were mixed in the overall markets, as Apple's earnings disappointment dragged down the S&P 500, but the Dow inched upward.
Fellow Dow component Boeing
Finally, not every stock joined the bounce-back party. Chevron
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