U.S. stocks fluctuated as data showed faster-than-estimated growth, fueling speculation the economy is strong enough to withstand higher interest rates.
NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were mostly flat on Thursday, as a strong read on third-quarter economic growth raised new questions about monetary policy, though strong results at Visa single-handedly put the Dow in positive territory.
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve officials dismissed recent turmoil in global financial markets, and focused instead on "solid" employment gains that will keep them on a path toward an interest-rate increase next year.
WASHINGTON�The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained at historically low levels, supporting other signals of an improving labor market.
Mortgage rates rose this week from their lowest point in 2014, but lenders still offered a 30-year fixed loan below 4%, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey.