D.R. Horton is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Five Below is upgraded to 'neutral.'
Geopolitical concerns remain in focus as investors are set to examine several economic reports ahead of Friday's payroll data.
Possible military action against Syria drives oil prices higher. McDonald's adds chicken wings to its menu. August auto sales numbers will be announced and Dollar General and H&R Block will report earnings.
The lowest-price retailers' business model requires keeping labor costs so lean that fast-food workers seem to have it good.
Consumers are once again feeling cautious in the face of ongoing household budget pressures.
New data illustrates which stores have proven resilient to headwinds, and which are poised to take an even larger market share next year.
Trulia is downgraded to 'sector perform,' and PulteGroup is upgraded to 'outperform.'
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