The blue chips just miss a 6% gain for the month. The S&P 500 gains 5%, its best January since 1997. Despite lots of headwinds, a good January for stocks could mean a good 2013.
Wall Street cheered the retailer's fourth-quarter earnings, but a profit measure the company says is most important has been trimmed as it builds data and fulfillment centers.
Federal Reserve officials agree, mostly, to continue buying in securities to ensure interest rates stay low. The Fed repeats that it doesn't see changing its policy until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5%.
The nutritional supplements company registers 3 domain names that indicate it's ready to go on the offensive against the hedge fund manager.
Fears are starting to rise that the Fed's low-interest-rate policy could lead to more inflation or to markets that get too frothy. But Fed officials will say they need more evidence to change their policies.
The stores with drive-up servce are far more profitable than ones without. So the coffee giant is adding the windows to most of the 1,500 US stores it expects to open over the next 5 years.
The company sees revenue rise in 2012 for the first time since 2008. Yahoo expects to invest in its properties, with payoff beginning in the second half of 2013.
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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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