More than 8.8 million US workers now collect the benefits, a sixfold jump since 1970 that cost the government $135 billion last year.
While chains like CVS and Rite-Aid depend on pharmacy profits, the warehouse retailer uses prescriptions to draw traffic.
Loyalty programs, online codes and deeper everyday discounts are taking a cut out of the weekly circular.
The bears have been prowling around the electronics and office products companies, while leaving some other retailers alone for a while.
If you think first-quarter momentum is set to build in both of these names, this trade is for you.
Green Mountain is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Wells Fargo is upgraded to 'buy.'
The partnership has received scant attention, given its potential to connect the digital world with the real world in trail-blazing ways.
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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.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.