Stocks are higher as reports on consumer confidence and rising home prices beat expectations.
Competition from Apple, Google and a host of other rivals proves too intense for the bookseller.
Also, concerns over China's liquidity conditions are easing.
Carnival and Barnes & Noble report earnings. Altria enters e-cigarette market. Dish opts not to make offer for Sprint. Men's Wearhouse fires company founder.
Oracle, VMware are downgraded to 'sell,' and Dollar Tree is initiated with a 'buy .'
Now read this: The retailer is sitting on an astonishing gain of 46% so far this year.
In this edition of Investor Beat: Yahoo spends $1.1 billion for Tumblr. Will the blogging service pay dividends for shareholders?
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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