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.
One of the First Lady's favorite clothing retailers is trying its luck in the world's most populous nation, but Chinese shoppers may be puzzled by the brand.
Aeropostale and American Eagle can expect a jump in spending on apparel and accessories this fall.
This retailer is a new addition to a portfolio that focuses on stocks showing buyback activity.
The slowing down of the apparel retailer's European plans is only a near-term solution.
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