Automatic spending cuts known as sequestration will hit March 1 unless Congress and the White House can agree on a new spending plan. Markets are betting the cuts won't take place -- and could be rattled if they do.
Stocks manage to withstand a disappointment from the biggest name in technology on the strength of some other encouraging earnings reports.
McDonald's, Starbucks and defense industry mainstays report earnings. December home sales likely move homebuilders. Chipotle shakes off weak pre-announcement.
Tiffany is downgraded to 'neutral,' and ConAgra is upgraded to 'buy.'
Aeropostale is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Yahoo is upgraded to 'conviction buy' at Goldman.
Jobless claims are being blamed on Sandy, but more pink slips could be coming -- and not because of the weather.
With the recovery possibly stalled, here are 3 indicators that would signal the selling is over.
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