1. Calm

    U.S. Stocks Stabilize

    A currency trader watches monitors at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.   Asian stock markets struggled to find their footing Friday, giving back morning gains despite a dramatically higher finish on Wall Street prompted by a slight drop in U.S. unemployment claims.  The Korea Composite Stock Price Index fell 1.33 percent, or 24.13, to close at 1,793.31.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Ahn Young-joon / AP Photo

    The extreme mood swings on the U.S. stock market seemed to have calmed down a bit as one of the most volatile weeks in Wall Street history comes to a close. The Dow jumped 97 points just minutes after the opening bell. At noon, it had climbed 185 points, or 1.6 percent. By mid-afternoon it had stabilized, holding onto modest gains. Financial, energy, and industrial stocks saw the biggest early upticks following good reports on retail sales and consumer spending.

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