Amid a backlash against certain types of weapons, quarterly reports don't tell what the companies sell.
Amid all the recent press and politics surrounding the 2nd Amendment, publicly traded firearm stocks witness ramping up.
Wal-Mart waits for consumer confidence numbers. Time Warner's 'The Hobbit' is in theaters now. Nike will split its stock. KB Home anticipates new home sales. Sturm Ruger should bounce back.
And if talk about control laws continues to grow louder, firearms makers could see a rush in sales before any legislation takes effect.
The averages remain in a narrow trading range, as investors await movement in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations.
Stocks are higher as optimism surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations continues to spur buying.
Shares of the gun maker trade higher on the announcement of a payout of $4.50 a share -- timed to avoid the dividend tax increase likely kicking in next year.
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