Flat Close As Hiring Slips

The markets closed flat with the Dow edging up 6 points to 14,937 as August hiring slipped. Nasdaq gained 9 points to 3658.

On the upside

Shares of Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) continued rising after an upgrade earlier this week.

Bargain hunters snapped up shares of First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR).

Rockwell Medical (Nasdaq: RMTI) stock continued rising after reporting positive trial results yesterday.

On the downside

Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) stock dropped a day after announcing a partnership with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR) to offer soup in K-Cup packs for the Keurig brewer.

Forbes wrote that Vivus (Nasdaq: VVUS) was oversold.

Falling gold prices weighed down shares of Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) and McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX).  

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a slim margin of nearly 10 to 9 on the NYSE while advancers edged out decliners by more than 3 to 2 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 added 2 points to 1655.

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