US stocks gain slightly, ahead of tomorrow’s hotly awaited jobs report, but for the most part, it’s another dull session.
DJIA adds 33 to 10607, S&P gains 5 to 1142, Nasdaq Comp slips 1 to 2300.
Boeing comprises more than half the Dow’s gains, after reporting 2009 deliveries rose 29% – although net new orders fell 79%.
December retail sales come in better than expected, which is good, but keep a little perspective: they’re being compared to the worst December in decades.
China unexpectedly raises interest rates, with an eye toward stanching inflation – or, perhaps we should say, a bubble.