Whether the activist investor's decision to quit the board was voluntary or not, the fact that the chain of events leading to his departure became so public is a sign of just how bad things are at the retailer.
Investors also remain concerned over when the Fed will begin to taper its stimulus programs.
US markets may decline at the open even as Europe's recovery finds a more solid footing.
Stocks are a bit lower after figures indicate retail sales failed to grow by as much as expected in July.
The activist investor has to hold onto his 18% stake for at least a while longer. Whether he'll sell later is another question.
There's an alternative (Tupperware-based) model for the diet shake seller. But, at present, there is simply no reason for it to change.
US markets are set to rise at the open after several down days and in response to positive economic reports.
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