Stocks are higher as the monthly jobs report is roughly in-line with forecasts and a measure of growth in the services sector beat expectations.
With the Fed's stimulus now tied to job market recovery, investors are more keenly awaiting nonfarm payrolls.
From potash to petroleum and seeds to steel, traders have plenty to choose from as earnings season nears.
Auto, truck, and chain store sales will be announced. New Year's Eve ushers in 2013 with adult beverages. Mosaic and Family Dollar report earnings.
Aeropostale is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Yahoo is upgraded to 'conviction buy' at Goldman.
Home Depot is downgraded to 'market perform,' and Potash is downgraded to 'hold.'
Mosaic's earnings miss shouldn't deter sector bulls.
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