While average Americans are buoyant over some curiously strong jobs numbers, investors are increasingly bothered by a growing list of concerns.
The reporting season isn't even a week old, and already the markets are getting roiled by harbingers of missed estimates.
The company now estimates demand will grow by 6% in 2012, down from its earlier forecast of 7%.
Stocks slump despite positive earnings results from Alcoa and Yum Brands.
Consider the aluminum giant the equivalent of a worldwide labor report.
Revenue grew only 2.6% last quarter -- a fraction of the rate seen earlier this year.
Stocks hover near baseline as investors continue to wait on central bank statements expected later this week.
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