There were enough negatives last quarter to shake hopes that Americans would resume shopping after the long, tough winter.
The focus is on the consumer with quarterly summaries due from Best Buy, Home Depot and Target.
On the surface, The Buckle's payout doesn't sound that great. But the company's embrace of special dividends makes all the difference.
Stocks are set for a higher open as investors await US weekly jobless claims and producer prices reports.
These niche players are growing fast and strong.
The Fed may be forced to purchase more assets to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.
Stocks rise as initial jobless claims remain below 370,000 for another week.
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