The chain is selling tobacco for the first time this year, and it's paying off big-time.
The stock fell by more than 3% Thursday after a quarter that showed a surprising plunge in profits.
The focus is on the consumer with quarterly summaries due from Best Buy, Home Depot and Target.
Wall Street will pay close attention to reports from Wal-Mart, Macy's and Kohl's as the holiday shopping season gets underway.
Consumer spending could be lousy but a few retailers selling key brands will thrive.
While the ultimate ramifications of a US default are nearly impossible to predict, these 3 picks should at least hold up much better than the overall market.
The retail giant is suffering from empty shelves and high inventory, and shoppers looking for bargains are going elsewhere.
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With the universe of this category in its seasonal sweet spot, these picks have tailwinds propelling them into the new year.
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