Thursday brought good news and bad news. First, the bad news: The Labor Department reported that first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a seasonally adjusted 623,000, from an upwardly revised figure of 631,000 the previous week. This is bad news because the total came in above the 610,000 claims analysts had been expecting.
And the good news? The Commerce Department said that retail sales jumped 1% in January, the biggest increase in 14 months. Some industry pundits had expected sales to fall 0.8%. December sales had tumbled 2.7%, which made it the weakest holiday selling season since at least 1969.
The market initially responded by falling hard, but it rebounded late on news that the Obama administration is working on a plan to subsidize homeowners struggling to make payments.
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