MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari explains the central bank's options given the mixed economic signals and how markets might react to its next move.
A drop in consumer sentiment illustrates the divide between recent gains for the corporate sector and the stalling of the housing and job markets.
With global manufacturing rebounding, material and energy stocks left for dead since 2011 are making a comeback.
With military intervention in Syria looking less likely, the Dow looks to reclaim 15,000. Does this rally have legs?
Despite a modest stock-market pullback and mediocre job and income gains, global manufacturing is growing at a pace not seen since early 2011.
With Syria about to be on the receiving end of a Tomahawk missile strike, a surge in crude oil is pushing up the sector.
Dry weather in the Midwest, and frost in Brazil, is pushing up agricultural commodities in a way not seen since 2012.
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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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