The slowdown in growth in the world's second largest economy, however, is not as large as feared.
Stocks are slightly lower following earnings reports from two of the nation's largest banks and a profit warning from the biggest delivery company.
The aerospace move and the short covering are reminiscent of bygone days.
The nascent energy boom will help propel these core companies producing in the US.
Don't wait to sell as more defense spending cuts are coming next week.
Americans are happy to spend as we mark the patriotic day, but it's not necessarily U.S. companies that should be celebrating.
The real problem isn't regulation. It's that owners can no longer compete with the big dogs.
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