The biggest issue is cost control, analysts say.
Mini-options trading begins for 5 stocks. Adobe and Ross Stores reports earnings. H&R Block admits to thousands of errors. Existing home sales data will be released.
The metal is down about 5% this year and 11% since last fall's highs. A strong market and stronger dollar are at play. And gold often slips at the start of the year.
A shady payroll report continues a string of misleading economic data.
Maybe the best way to bring these precious metal stocks back to life is to declare them dead.
Pfizer has multiple health care businesses and Elan has Tysabri royalties and a would-be acquirer.
A new austerity in the industry will rein in capital spending and lower production, which in turn should boost prices.
It's gold's fifth straight decline, as precious metals and crude oil take a dive. Worries the Fed may end its policy of low-interest rates and a rising dollar are 2 reasons for the slump. Stocks tumble as well.
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