Stocks fall as investors await Federal Reserve minutes.
July home sales show market strength. Investors hope central bank policymakers will hint at more stimulus. Japan's trade deficit heightens worries about a global slowdown. Dell warns of a tough second half.
New York manufacturing activity contracts, but consumer prices remain unchanged, industrial output increases and builders' confidence improves. Staples shares skid after disappointing results. Deere is also down after missing estimates.
3 homebuilders are upgraded at JPMorgan, and Select Medical is downgraded at 3 firms.
For the rest of 2012, purely American companies are better positioned to deliver than multinationals.
The two builders plan to develop a huge community in Lake Forest, California.
Facebook is trading $7 below its IPO price, and Moody's upgrades Ford's credit rating.
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