The typical cycle suggests a pullback is coming heading into the election, but it could be more severe if Romney wins.
The Dow sees a small gain; the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are lower. Jobless claims improve slightly. Oracle earnings don't impress. Trulia has a big IPO. Shares of Norfolk Southern and Bed Bath & Beyond sag. Economic reports from Europe and China are weak.
The decision to limit soda serving sizes will almost certainly be litigated, which will delay its enactment for months, it not years.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is probing a tactic used by some of the largest private equity funds -- but he may have a hard time making his case.
The Dow holds at 13,000, but the S&P 500 drops below 1,400. Will Fed Chairman Bernanke signal new stimulus plans? Retailers see strong back-to-school sales in August. Sears is leaving the S&P 500. Crude oil and gold slip.
The Las Vegas Sands head may be focused too much on the US presidential campaign and not enough on his gaming empire.
Now that the Supreme Court has found the law Constitutional, both party's bases will likely be re-energized.
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