Stocks are higher as investors appear to be more cheered by corporate earnings reports than they are disappointed by global manufacturing data.
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund buys Apple, sells Procter & Gamble.
Novo Nordisk is downgraded to 'underweight,' and Verizon is upgraded to 'buy.'
The price-weighted blue-chip index could climb there with the help of just a few components.
IBM, Caterpillar and 3M contribute the most to the Dow's 118% gain since the March 2009 market bottom. Only one Dow stock is lower since then: Hewlett-Packard.
The blue chip index had its second-best finish ever on Monday and could break its 2007 record this week. But gains may be limited by Friday's big jobs report.
The stock buybacks couldn't help stabilize that brutal close Monday. Now it feels as if we are back to the same old grind.
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The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
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