The retailer's second-quarter results miss the mark.
Applied Materials, Estee Lauder, Nordstrom on Thursday's earnings scorecard.
As a group, most are struggling. But one in particular has good prospects and plenty of upside from its current price.
US markets are set to rise at the open after Thursday's declines and ahead of data on housing starts and a consumer-sentiment survey.
The discount giant joins other big chains in posting disappointing results and tepid outlooks. But it seems to be faring worse overall.
Investors also remain concerned over when the Fed will begin to taper its stimulus programs.
If these numbers go bad on a company's balance sheet, experts know it's probably time to get out.
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