Keep an eye on the earnings announcements of these apparel and homebuilding companies.
Investors await retail sales data for a clue on US consumer spending.
Riverbed is downgraded at 2 firms, and Activision Blizzard is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Yahoo is upgraded to 'buy,' and Google is downgraded to 'market perform.'
Stocks pare earlier gains after tough words from House Speaker John Boehner aimed at Democrats and the White House.
Taser is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Aeropostale is downgraded to above average.'
Guess shares continue to climb after 3Q results, but Aeropostale's and Rue21's tumble.
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