Stocks get a lift after better-than-expected retail sales figures.
The news boosts shares of the home-improvement retailer over 4%.
Reports of the demise of consumer spending may be premature.
Growth reports in Germany and France come in better than forecast. Retail sales in the US increase for the first time in 4 months. Groupon shares plunge to record low on a revenue miss and lowered outlook. Home Depot climbs as it beats expectations.
Stocks rise and the S&P manages to take and hold the 1,400 level, at least for now.
Masco's and Armstrong's dour numbers are at odds with those of every homebuilder we've heard from.
Deere is downgraded to 'underweight,' and Home Depot is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Is a drop in the share price of the largest US chain of farm and ranch stores an opportunity?
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