Foxconn denies reports that the recent hiring freeze is linked to a slowdown in production for the iPhone 5.
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But a positive surprise doesn't necessarily mean growth and some companies still to report are in sectors more likely to disappoint.
Stocks are little changed despite fewer than expected weekly jobless claims and a flurry of mergers and acquisitions announcements.
Investors also eye earnings from several key US companies.
The computer networking company is the headliner as earnings season continues with noteworthy gold, tech, industrials, construction and retail stocks.
The online retailer has accomplished much, but pressures are mounting.
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