Loyalty programs, online codes and deeper everyday discounts are taking a cut out of the weekly circular.
The bears have been prowling around the electronics and office products companies, while leaving some other retailers alone for a while.
Speculators who took a chance on these low-dollar names last year did very, very well.
Stocks are mixed as a slightly worse-than-expected US weekly jobless claims report is balanced by strong export data from China.
ECB and BOE rate decision also in focus as are initial jobless claims.
Alcoa kicks off the season Tuesday, and Wells Fargo is set to post results Friday.
Stocks are mixed as the financials lead the Dow higher and Apple weighs on the Nasdaq.
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