The season we loathe is bread and butter to these businesses, which profit from millions of taxpayers trying to get help.
US markets are set for a higher open as investors return from the Labor Day long weekend to assess the possible military strike against Syria and 2 acquisitions.
Possible military action against Syria drives oil prices higher. McDonald's adds chicken wings to its menu. August auto sales numbers will be announced and Dollar General and H&R Block will report earnings.
It's time to move on to better investments.
TD Ameritrade is downgraded to 'market perform,' and Juniper is downgraded to 'hold.'
They've been among the stars of 2013, but the good times appear unlikely to last.
Lennar is upgraded to 'overweight,' and Yum Brands is downgraded to 'underperform.'
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The company is scrambling to protect its equities arm, which could face declining volume and revenue as competitors close the gap.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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