Stocks are higher as movement in Washington on some battleground issues is viewed as progress toward a compromise.
Diversifying around the globe may mean taking advantage of companies with an international presence.
Francesca's is upgraded to 'buy,' and Demand Media is downgraded to 'sell.'
The coffee giant reports earnings Thursday, and investors will be looking to see the impact of the Verismo coffee maker and further global expansion.
The coffee chain is introducing an innovative program in Hong Kong.
The company will introduce a single-serve coffee cup compatible with Green Mountain's Keurig brewer.
The company wants to open hundreds of new locations in China and India.
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