The warehouse chain offers a better glimpse into the economy than other retailers.
Urban Outfitters is upgraded at 2 firms, and Seattle Genetics is initiated with a 'hold.'
Retail stocks are fluctuating on earnings reports and analyst calls.
AstraZeneca is downgraded to 'underweight,' and Oracle is initiated with a 'buy.'
The stock jumps 21% after the retailer reported a quarter of gains at its Ann Taylor and Loft stores.
Stocks get a modest boost from better-than-expected consumer confidence reading and leading economic indicators reports.
But they are more reluctant to drop their money at Starbucks.
Leading economic indicators are also up. Global markets climb as Germany's Merkel backs the euro and the ECB. Apple hits a new high. Gap beats estimates, while Aeropostale misses. Marvell's results disappoint, and Groupon drops on a downgrade.
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