August is infamous for being a big vacation month in the financial world, and this year appears to be no exception. Whether it's rising or falling, the market seems to be marked by a lack of participation, as volume has been muted for several sessions. Still, holding onto the big advance from recent weeks is certainly better than giving up ground, and the Dow Jones Industrials
But several Dow stocks did their best to pull the average into negative territory. Alcoa
Several technology stocks also gave up ground, with Hewlett-Packard
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