After a wild third quarter, the market seems to have stabilized a bit this week, in spite of a late Friday drop. With little macro-data news, investors turned their focus to Europe's debt crisis and third-quarter earnings season. Company-specific news drove stocks; here's a closer look at some of the S&P 500's most notable movers.
As retailers wrapped up their third-quarter earnings reports this week, most merchants said they're back in cost-control mode and will tighten inventories after the holidays. With shoppers still spending cautiously and costs on the rise, profit growth will have to come from squeezing more juice out of slowly rising sales.
Stocks closed mixed Friday's as another round of solid third-quarter earnings reports was checked by rising anxiety about the path of the dollar ahead of this weekend's meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers.