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.
These picks meet the long-term value strategy of the legendary fund manager John Neff.
Yet some are doing better than others.
Retailers reported same-store sales Thursday, and many showed growth that missed expectations and slowed from a year earlier.
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