In economic news, the Labor Department said 391, 000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week.
And the Commerce Dept. said the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of all the goods and services in the economy, grew at a rate of 1.3% from April to June.
Overseas, Germany's parliament approved legislation to expand the euro zone's rescue fund, known as the European Financial Stability Facility. All 17 euro-zone governments need to approve the expansion.