Stocks Up Slightly After Trade Gap Narrows
Wall Street opened down this morning but then rose, following news that the U.S. trade gap narrowed. This means imports fell because U.S. consumers are buying less, a sign of a soft economy.
In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is just slightly above even.
The broader S&P 500 is up slightly less and the tech-heavy Nasdaq is up about two-tenths of 1 percent.
Forecasters expected the trade gap to increase, but diminished demand for oil imports drove it downward.
Today is the two-year anniversary of the all-time Dow closing high of 14,164. I'll talk some more about that later.
-- Frank Ahrens
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October 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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