Stocks are down on disappointing domestic and international economic data.
Applications for unemployment insurance rise unexpectedly. Sales of new homes climb. Weak economic reports out of Europe and China overshadow hopes for more Fed stimulus. HP's shares slip after its revenue misses forecasts.
Big Lots is downgraded to 'underweight,' and VeriSign is downgraded to 'neutral.'
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Facebook is trading $7 below its IPO price, and Moody's upgrades Ford's credit rating.
Prudential is upgraded to 'overweight,' and Staples is downgraded to 'sell.'
Big Lots and Family Dollar announce some unexpected bad news.
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