The Nasdaq and S&P 500 show small gains after 4 straight losses; the Dow is off 1 point. More evidence shows a weakening economy. Gold moves up. Home Depot and Wal-Mart report Tuesday.
But the New York Federal Reserve Bank sees wariness among manufacturers about the future. They may be starting to hire, the Fed says.
Retail sales show some gains. Consumer inflation is in check. But market sentiment is lacking. The Dow slips 17. Unica and Autodesk show gains. J.C. Penney's weak outlook disappoints.
Bloomberg research finds that companies making the largest mergers and acquisitions see their stocks suffer for years.
Investors will pay attention to earnings from Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe's, Home Depot and Deere. Look for key reports on housing starts and manufacturing.
The major indexes move lower as Cisco's earnings disappoint and jobless claims rise. General Motors reports a profit, but CEO Whitacre will step aside. Crude falls below $76.
The stock plunges on concerns that a softer economy might hurt the networking giant's business.
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