Bloomberg News says the retail giant is telling suppliers it's trimming inventory buying because consumers are still reluctant to spend big.
More activity may erupt in the next few days, however, if Congress and the Obama administration want to avoid closing the federal government next week.
Stocks sell off after the House votes to defund Obamacare, setting up a showdown between Senate Democrats and the Obama administration.
As gold and silver soar, the Dow and S&P 500 fall back from their new highs. Apple fuels the Nasdaq. Here are six reasons the market couldn't add to Wednesday's gains.
Stocks soar after the central bank says it wants more evidence of a strengthening economy before weaning markets slowly off massive injections of cash.
The central bank will announce its plans on bond buying on this afternoon. The question is how investors will react.
Once a big idea becomes part of the national dialogue, a veteran money manager says, it loses its force and fades. His conclusion: Stocks may well be lower in a year.
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