Third-Quarter Growth in GDP Offers Hope
(MONEY Magazine) – The Dow Jones industrial average, which in late October was on track for its worst one-month drop since January 2003, spiked 1.7% when the market learned that third-quarter GDP had exceeded expectations and grown at a 3.8% annual rate. The Nasdaq, S&P 500 and Russell 2000 saw similar rallies. Shares of troubled General Motors dropped 7% after the car maker said that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating its accounting.
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P/E 18.9 DIVIDEND YIELD 1.89%
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