Today's final American market numbers are significantly higher:
Maybe it's a sign of better things ahead. The market liked the economy's higher readings today. This is from today's Wall Street Journal:
Investors' mood was brightened early by data from the Commerce Department which showed the economy grew at a 3.3% annual rate in the second quarter, better than the 1.9% rate seen in the government's initial report. Contributing to the mark-up were stronger exports, less inventory liquidation by businesses and stronger consumer spending. Second-quarter spending climbed 1.7%, up from a previously reported 1.5% increase and ahead of the first quarter's 0.9% gain.
Barack Obama's speech is at 10 p.m. Eastern this evening. Not that there is any connection to the above or anything. Can't wait to, as CNN says, "watch history unfold"!!!