Wal-Mart waits for consumer confidence numbers. Time Warner's 'The Hobbit' is in theaters now. Nike will split its stock. KB Home anticipates new home sales. Sturm Ruger should bounce back.
Concerns over a budget deal overshadow Japanese easing.
Single-family housing starts have dropped, interrupting a rise in confidence.
Mondelez is downgraded to 'hold,' and Citigroup is upgraded to 'outperform.'
Stocks move lower despite strong U.S. housing data and consumer confidence reading.
3 homebuilders are upgraded at JPMorgan, and Select Medical is downgraded at 3 firms.
Investors lose confidence that the ECB will stem the region's debt crisis. In the US, unemployment filings decline, the trade deficit narrows, and wholesale inventories drop.
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