Ratings agency Moody's also kept a negative outlook on the rating.
Oil slips after a surprise rise in crude inventories. Second-quarter growth is revised up, but the pace remains slow. Pending home sales climb. The Fed's Beige Book is also on tap. WellPoint rises after its CEO resigns.
The company is seeing results from its restructuring efforts.
The packaged food company continues with its acquisition spree.
The food and beverage company has the ability to test and roll out products designed to appeal to local tastes and at low prices.
These shares offer regular dividends, a key to steady income. And most are rated as low risk.
The consumer staples sector has emerged as a clear leader for the typically defensive season.
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