Concerns over a budget deal overshadow Japanese easing.
New highs mean strong buying pressure, but don't get caught chasing.
Apple, Nordstrom and Carnival offer escapes that won't break the bank.
The country aims to open up financial markets.
Stocks could recover from Monday's decline spurred by disappointing manufacturing data fiscal cliff concerns.
Shares of the gun maker trade higher on the announcement of a payout of $4.50 a share -- timed to avoid the dividend tax increase likely kicking in next year.
Transocean upgraded to 'neutral,' Carnival downgraded to 'hold.'
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Fed keeps important 'considerable time' language in reference to short-term interest rates, but dissents and dots leave doubts.
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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.
The Fed's latest statement confirms that it won't be coming to the rescue of depositors soon, but these institutions are worth following anyway.
Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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