Investors can't make up their minds. Earlier this week, the stock market gave up ground in the biggest plunge of the year. Then two days of gains reversed many of those losses. Today, though, worries are again taking center stage, as China's GDP growth came in slower than expected and higher food and gasoline prices helped spark the Consumer Price Index to a 0.3% jump. As of around 10:45 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrials
All but two of the Dow's components traded lower. As you'd expect, among the hardest-hit were the economically sensitive Alcoa
B of A, on the other hand, could get hurt from reports of weaker consumer sentiment. Its credit card business relies on consumer spending, and loan activity is also driven by sentiment. Although Wells Fargo
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