Markets slightly lower ahead of government jobs figure -- last before the elections.
The company might need to go shopping after losing its crown as king of the oil patch to the Russian giant.
Stocks slump despite positive earnings results from Alcoa and Yum Brands.
Fragile refineries, cheap crude exports and commodities bets leave all US drivers vulnerable.
Refinery problems and speculative bets keep pressure on pumps nationwide.
Revenue per employee is one way to measure a company's efficiency. Based on that, the energy giant tops the mega-caps.
The company's listing status might not mean much, as new additions do not always see great success.
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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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