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.
Companies and consumers are sitting on their wallets, and we should not be surprised.
One of the stronger long-term stocks has sharply lowered its guidance, which means we could see a rash of it over the next few weeks.
Stocks remain up despite a low consumer confidence reading.
TD Ameritrade is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Bank of America is upgraded to 'overweight.'
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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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