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Alcoa may have lost some luster now that it's out of the Dow. This week, investors may also want to watch Yum Brands, Wells Fargo, Costco and Family Dollar.
Use a combined earnings and price-based analysis.
Bloomberg News says the retail giant is telling suppliers it's trimming inventory buying because consumers are still reluctant to spend big.
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