Scoreboard: Shut down, start up

Stocks struggled to find a bid, but key economic indicators bucked the government shutdown to keep stubbornly accelerating.

A better-than-expected result on the non-manufacturing ISM index didn’t quite have the result that you’d expect in these times of woe. At the same time the Federal Reserve is telling anyone who’ll listen that the recovery may not be on sustainable footing – in the real world – economic indicators are accelerating. The services index was actually expected to fall to 54 from 54.4, but instead rose to 55.4.


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