Jobless claims climb less than expected, and US factory orders fall less than forecast. The ECB holds rates steady as Draghi says the ECB is ready to buy bonds. Google warns of more cuts at Motorola. Facebook now has 1 billion active users.
The firm also downgrades AMD, Intel and Marvell.
The apparel retailer plans to open more stores, enhance online and mobile marketing, and increase wholesale distribution in Europe and Asia.
The retailer extends its largest event of the year -- and the strategy pays off.
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.
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