The excitement of yesterday's improved jobs numbers and European Central Bank plan was quickly doused with cold water this morning when U.S. Department of Labor jobs numbers didn't live up to expectations. Instead of adding 120,000 jobs, as economists expected, the economy only added 96,000 jobs in the month of August, adding to fear that the economic recovery is stalled out. On the bright side, however, unemployment fell to 8.1%, likely because older workers are leaving the workforce.
The good news is that the bad jobs number didn't send the market into a tailspin this time around. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
There was very mixed news out of other corners of the market as well. Intel
The big asset-class winner of the day goes to gold, which rallied 2.1% on the economic doldrums. You will remember that gold was the big winner going through the financial crisis and resulting recession, and today's rally is reminiscent of that.
Investors can't seem to find a direction for the market at present, and today's job numbers didn't exactly answer anyone's questions. We're not growing fast enough to excite a rally, and we're not going backward, which might bring out the bears.
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