Competitors can only marvel at this winner's simple formula: Sell tons of products people want while maintaining good service and low costs.
Dow sheds 125 points to below 13,000. Weak economic data out of Japan, South Korea and Europe put the focus back on international issues. US retailers report generally better-than-expected sales, while jobless claims remain flat.
Stocks slide following the European Central Bank president's press conference.
Deere is downgraded to 'underweight,' and Home Depot is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Yet some are doing better than others.
Limited is initiated with a 'market perform,' and Seagate is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Retailers reported same-store sales Thursday, and many showed growth that missed expectations and slowed from a year earlier.
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