The reporting season isn't even a week old, and already the markets are getting roiled by harbingers of missed estimates.
Shares of Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger fell after an analyst report Wednesday, but overall gun sales remain higher for year.
Hope for a resolution to Europe's debt crisis and decent US jobs data boost the Dow and S&P 500 to 4-year highs. The Nasdaq hits a 12-year top. Jobless claims fall, and ADP says private employers added 201,000 workers in August.
A large activist shareholder is seeking to boost the value of this online brokerage.
The Oracle of Omaha, in a live interview with CNBC, strikes a much more bearish tone than he has recently.
The leading retailer remains a top defensive stock for a weak economy.
This cyclical stock now trades 33% below book value and could be poised to double.
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