Stocks Open Up After Irene

    In this Aug. 26, 2011 photo, a trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets rose on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, heartened by Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke's call on the U.S. government to help the economy and his refusal to rule out more monetary stimulus by the central bank. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)

    Jin Lee / AP Photo

    The first day of trading after Hurricane Irene brought a sharp surge to U.S. stocks, as relieved investors sent the Dow Jones rising 1.5 percent after the opening bell. Aside from the lighter-than-expected storm, traders were also encouraged by new economic data that showed Americans boosted their spending July by a higher amount than forecast. A slew of economic data is expected today and this week, building up to Friday’s unemployment report, which is expected to show the jobless rate sticking at 9.1 percent.

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