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.
Under Armour is downgraded to 'neutral,' and ASML is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Ciena reports better-than-expected earnings, while TiVo posts weak results and guidance.
Parallels abound between building a winning portfolio and building a Super Bowl squad.
Avon is downgraded to 'sell' at UBS, and financials are downgraded at JMP Securities.
Stocks edge higher amid a raft of U.S. economic data and surprisingly strong economic growth in Germany.
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