Funds exposed to the construction and retail sectors are seeing nice gains after the home-improvement giant impressed Wall Street.
The company is scheduled to share its third-quarter results before the bell, and analysts are predicting sales growth.
The focus is on the consumer with quarterly summaries due from Best Buy, Home Depot and Target.
The discount chain's latest online offerings have a distinct Amazon feel, but executives say they aren't lifting ideas from anyone.
The shopping experience is lacking, with missing products and items that don't fit the mix.
Wall Street will pay close attention to reports from Wal-Mart, Macy's and Kohl's as the holiday shopping season gets underway.
Homebuilder shares are slumping this year, but the companies that make the goods for new homes are soaring.
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