A Buffett-inspired portfolio -- up 99% since 2009 -- shows equities are alive and kicking.
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.
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.
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