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.
Time Warner, Priceline.com and Archer Daniels report earnings. William Ackman takes a big position in Air Products. July chain store sales figures are due.
The luxury retailer has become the opposite of what it sells: a bargain.
They're joining a 17-company North American alliance aimed at heading off more disasters in the country's economically critical textile industry.
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The expected $3.36 billion offering from Citizens Financial Group won't come close to Alibaba's, but it will be an important one for the market.
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