Investors look to earnings and to a slew of economic reports due out this week.
Sprint is both upgraded and downgraded, and FedEx is initiated with a 'buy.'
The federal government says their policies on running criminal background checks on new hires violate the Civil Rights Act.
The Dow sells at the open and ends down 117 as investors fret about Japan, interest rates and unrest in Turkey. Expect more ups and downs into next week at least.
Oracle, VMware are downgraded to 'sell,' and Dollar Tree is initiated with a 'buy .'
Investors await the release of several of economic indicators due out, including private sector employment.
Stocks are lower, putting the Dow in jeopardy of ending its streak of winning Tuesdays after 20 straight weeks.
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