While battle lines harden, at least 234,000 fewer people are collecting the benefit from December's peak. That might not appease critics.
It's already a $4 billion market, thanks to a variety of health concerns, and food makers of all sizes are jumping in.
ValueClick is downgraded to 'hold,' and Bed Bath & Beyond is downgraded to 'cautious.'
Stocks are mixed despite declines in the shares of some of the biggest companies in the country following their earnings reports.
Toll Brothers is upgraded to 'neutral,' and Nordstrom is initiated with a 'buy.'
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The worst performers one year turn into the better performers the next -- at least in theory.
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Even when they have a plan for their refund check from Uncle Sam, Americans often don't realize how they actually spend the windfall.
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