American Consumer Spending Continues to Falter

The consumer may have returned to malls and retail stores, but he remains wary about what he believes he can spend. Based on the portion of gross domestic product (GDP) ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Allergan, Amazon, Chipotle, Netflix, QIWI, Sarepta and More

Stocks were staging a recovery on Tuesday and investors are again looking for upside and sectors where they feel safe. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each ...
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‘Purge’ and ‘Sex Tape’ May Take Weekend Box Office Lead

The highly successful "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" will have competition for the top box office spot this weekend. The movie was released by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. ...
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Is Amazon’s Readers’ Subscription Another Poke at Book Publishers?

There are at least a couple of interesting considerations related to Friday morning's announcement from Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) of its Kindle Unlimited subscription service. Information about the e-book and ...
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Customer Service Hall of Fame

Which companies do Americans enjoy dealing with the most? Truth is, many of the names that top this annual list of best companies for customer service will not surprise you ...
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The 4 States Killing Walmart

At the end of January, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) had 4,837 stores across all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. That is 44% of Walmart's global total, ...
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Merrill Lynch Picks 10 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2014

With the market getting staggered a touch this week, and the beginning of the second half of the year and a new earnings season here, many Wall Street firms that ...
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Where Are Walmart’s Customers Going?

An improving job market has not helped Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s (NYSE: WMT) sales. Bill Simon, CEO of Walmart U.S., made that observation to Reuters. What he did not say is ...
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America’s Most Patriotic Brands

We might have a little trouble defining what we mean when we say that a brand is "patriotic," but the fact is most Americans know it when they see it. ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter, Disney and More

This story has been updated to reflect late-day moves. It is Thursday and stocks are mixed, again trying to find direction for the day. The bull market has continued in ...
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Google’s One Set-Top Box Too Many

According to a number of media reports, Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) will release a set-top box. Presumably the product is meant to allow it to compete with new generation products ...
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Merrill Lynch Says These Five Top Stocks to Buy Are Oversold

Generally the kind of bull market rally that we have experienced is known to be one where "a rising tide lifts all boats." For the most part, that has indeed ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Amazon, Celgene, Cisco, FedEx, Starbucks and More

It is Thursday and the FOMC meeting has come and gone. With stocks again challenged new all-time highs, investors and traders keep being told that the bull market has morphed ...
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How Much Is Bezos Willing to Lose on New Fire Phone?

At a press event Wednesday in Seattle, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the company’s “Fire” phone, a 4.7-inch smartphone that is entering a sector dominated by Samsung ...
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Amazon’s Smartphone Can’t Compete With Apple and Samsung

Smartphone penetration among the U.S. population currently stands at about two-thirds. These devices are universally available for prices that are as low as free, so people who without smartphones almost ...
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