As American consumers are seemingly driving the recovery forward, lower-income households are getting left behind.
Reports from Macy's and Wal-Mart have been weak, but the financial sector has held up well.
The discount giant joins other big chains in posting disappointing results and tepid outlooks. But it seems to be faring worse overall.
Investors also remain concerned over when the Fed will begin to taper its stimulus programs.
Stocks drift lower within minutes of the open as the market continues to exhibit signs of fatigue.
US markets may decline at the open even as Europe's recovery finds a more solid footing.
Yum Brands is downgraded to 'neutral,' and ConocoPhillips is upgraded to 'strong buy.'
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