These brands appeal to both consumers and retailers because they tend to be cheaper and have higher gross margins.
The company is one of the few big-box retailers to make money on its international operations -- which gives the company an obvious path for growth in 2013.
Weyerhaeuser is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Hasbro is downgraded to 'sell.'
Yet Wall Street fails to appreciate the chain's potential for growth.
Refinery problems and speculative bets keep pressure on pumps nationwide.
Forget the conspiracy theories about rigged data. The latest jobs numbers are bullish for retailers and consumer products companies.
Stocks rise as initial jobless claims remain below 370,000 for another week.
Jobless claims climb less than expected, and US factory orders fall less than forecast. The ECB holds rates steady as Draghi says the ECB is ready to buy bonds. Google warns of more cuts at Motorola. Facebook now has 1 billion active users.
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