Reports of the demise of consumer spending may be premature.
Growth reports in Germany and France come in better than forecast. Retail sales in the US increase for the first time in 4 months. Groupon shares plunge to record low on a revenue miss and lowered outlook. Home Depot climbs as it beats expectations.
Scripps Networks is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, and Panera Bread is initiated with a 'buy' at KeyBanc.
These 3 were going to be game changers. Did they live up to the promise?
Yet some are doing better than others.
Stocks pare earlier losses after new European easing measures and signs of improvement in the US labor market.
Oracle is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Medivation is initiated with a 'buy.'
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