Export prices were flat, versus the forecast 0.2% increase.
Overseas markets were weak. The FTSE 100 in London closed down by 0.11%, while the DAX in Germany fell 0.58%. Japan's Nikkei average settled down 0.9% on Friday and Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed behind by 0.85% even after data showing better-than-expected increases in Chinese industrial production and retail sales.
Gold for December delivery tacked on $4.90 to settle at $1,730.90 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, while the December crude oil contract was up 98 cents to close at $86.07.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury was unchanged, leaving the yield stuck at 1.618%. The dollar was up 0.28%, according to the
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