The retail giant eases fears of slowing sales by saying its payout will increase 18% this year. But the company expects flat first-quarter results as taxes and gas prices stress consumers.
PMI points to contraction rather than recovery in eurozone.
Despite signs of slowing, analysts seem to assume earnings can go up forever.
If the two large office supply retailers merge, can they be far behind in achieving Apple reseller status?
While the market is holding on to healthy gains so far this year, there are big headwinds that are worth watching, including political squabbling and rising gas prices.
Wal-Mart and Abercrombie & Fitch to report earnings. Deals boost Comcast and US Airways. Solar stocks head higher after State of the Union address.
The Golden Arches shares are down a day after President Obama called for a boost to the minimum wage to $9 an hour. A coincidence? Maybe not.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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