A more than 30-cent drop from last year puts cash back in consumers' pockets and could help counter recent cuts.
Stocks are higher as investors appear to be more cheered by corporate earnings reports than they are disappointed by global manufacturing data.
The gains enjoyed by casual dining stocks could soon be erased as consumers begin pinching pennies.
We're frugal, but we're not poor. Restaurants and good fast food have strong appeal for consumers now, making those stocks solid buys.
Lululemon is downgraded to 'sector perform,' and Apple is initiated with a 'buy.'
Panera Bread is upgraded to 'market perform,' and Boston Scientific is downgraded to 'neutral.'
The restaurant chain apologizes after an employee thought plainclothes police officers violated its gun policy.
Weakness in Europe and Asia is a concern for UPS. Oil analysts surprise with lower than expected weekly report. Accenture and Dollar General to report earnings. Brinker concerned with lower consumer demand.
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