Stocks close higher. Microsoft surges.

Stocks rose on Wall Street Friday with a big jump in Microsoft lifting the Dow Jones Industrial average.Stocks stumbled at mid-morning after the government reported a plunge in new home sales, then drifted 4-3-13 best stocks to buy? steadily higher in the afternoon. By Steve Rothwell,Associated Press / August 23, 2013 Trader John Santiago, left, and John Liotti work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks have sagged in August on concerns that the Federal Reserve will start to pull back on its economic stimulus. Richard Drew/AP/File The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition Microsoft had its biggest gain in four years after CEO Steve Ballmer said he will retire.

U.S. Stocks Rise Amid Plunge in Home Sales, Fed Gathering

The S&P Supercomposite Homebuilding Index sank 3.1 percent, with all 11 members declining. PulteGroup Inc. retreated 1.6 percent to $16.06 and D.R. Horton slid 2.9 percent to $18.73.

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The Nasdaq climbed 1.1% to 3,638.71. The highly unusual flash freeze that crippled Nasdaq and blocked trading in Apple, Facebook and other popular stocks did not appear to have been caused by computer hacking, said a federal law enforcement official who did not want to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the episode. Before the opening bell, Bob Greifeld, the CEO of Nasdaq-OMX, told CNBC that he was “deeply disappointed with what happened yesterday,” but defended the exchange’s handling of the long trading delay. He was responding to critics that say the Nasdaq failed to communicate adequately with the public.

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Stocks end up; glitch-free day for Nasdaq

13, 2013, file photo, Trader Frederick Reimer works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Encouraging economic figures from Asia and Europe helped stocks advance and broke a six-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average on Thursday, Aug.22, 2013, though trading on the Nasdaq was interrupted by a technical glitch just after midday. Photo: Richard Drew FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, Trader Frederick…

Stocks end higher on Wall Street; Microsoft jumps

dollar to buy assets in countries with higher interest rates. As investors started to rethink prospects for U.S. rates the trade started to fall apart , extinguishing funding to bid up Brazilian stocks or the Australian dollar. Everyone was making big bets on emerging-markets fixed-income instruments and local currencies, said Mark Mobius , executive chairman of Franklin Templetons Templeton Emerging Markets Group.

Carry-trade unwind could spell trouble for stocks

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