The first day of September, historically the worst month of the year for stocks. August wasn't so bad, with the Nasdaq ending the month at a record high and the Dow and the S&P 500 rising five months in a row.
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Gas prices rose another 7 cents Thursday night; they're up 16 cents this week alone. The U.S. is now tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, our emergency stock, to counter refinery outages caused by Harvey in Texas.
And it's “Force Friday” -- like Christmas morning for Star Wars fans. Companies from Lego and Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) to Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) and Target (NYSE:TGT) showing off their latest toys and collectibles ahead of the new installment of the Star Wars series. “The Last Jedi” comes out December 15.