Auto, truck, and chain store sales will be announced. New Year's Eve ushers in 2013 with adult beverages. Mosaic and Family Dollar report earnings.
Investors haven't been as keen on the sector as value-conscious shoppers.
Stocks are higher amid optimism that budget negotiations between the White House and Republicans have progressed behind closed doors.
During volatile times, investors should err on the side of caution.
The retail giant's plans to roll out more of its 'neighborhood markets' could be bad news for urban bargain shops.
Despite the recent pullback, it's the go-to stock in the deep-discount retail niche.
Zynga downgraded to 'neutral,' and First Solar is downgraded to 'negative.'
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The Dow jumps nearly 140 points ahead of a big Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. Crude oil closes above $98.
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