The Dow slipped a bit yesterday but the Standard & Poor's 500 index inched to another record high. The index added a fraction of a point to close at 1,744.66. The Dow was down 7 to 15,392 and the Nasdaq added nearly six to 3,920. Futures trading has been flat.
- International stock markets wavered today as investors battened down for U.S. earnings and the September employment report. Benchmark crude oil fell just below $99 a barrel. The dollar gained against the yen and the euro.
- It's 18 days late, but Labor Department finally releases September employment data this morning. At last check, the nation's unemployment rate stood at 7.3 percent, after employers added 169,000 jobs in August. Economists are expecting this morning's report will show a net gain of 180,000 jobs, and no change in the jobless rate, according to FactSet.
- Apple plans another great unveil today as the holiday shopping season approaches. The latest iPads are expected to be the stars of the show. The polished version of its Mavericks operating system, a new Mac computer and new MacBook laptops are also possible.
- A survey of holiday shoppers finds some optimism and a change at the top. Deloitte retail sector chief Alison Paul says shoppers plan to spend an average $421 on holiday gifts, up about 8 percent from last year. And, for the first time, the Internet is the top destination for holiday shopping by a majority of consumers, knocking discount stores out of the lead.