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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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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