Stocks rose Friday as the S&P 500 closed at another record high and had its best August since 2000. The Dow and S&P have posted gains for four weeks in a row.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar rose on Friday, with traders looking beyond soft U.S. consumer-spending data, while the steadily sliding euro won a reprieve on diminished expectations the European Central Bank will soon ease monetary policy.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 file photo taken in New York. By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending fell in July for the first time in six months, but confidence among households hit a seven-year high in August, suggesting the retrenchment would be temporary.
Rules that will clear the way for massive oil and gas �fracking� operations to drill in Illinois have been submitted to an Illinois legislative committee for final approval.