If you're like most of Wall Street, you're off crushing last-minute gift shopping (just get us some design-your-own custom whiskey). Because just after the market's biggest performance in months, the Dow (DJINDICES:^DJI) eked out only a small 11-point gain Thursday as weekly jobless claims ticked up again.
2. Red Lobster might get sold as sales plummet
Didn't order the bottomless uber-fried shrimp last night? Neither did most Americans. That's the problem for the owner of Red Lobster, Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), which dropped 3.6% Thursday after a brutal tasting earnings report. Consumer traffic at Red Lobster was down 7.7% last quarter and sales have fallen more than 20% since 2012 -- similar to Darden's other restaurants, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse.
3. Target stock drops after major security breach
The target for identity thieves was shoppers' credit cards. The place was the home of the "Miley Cyrus Baby Onesies Line," Target (NYSE:TGT). And the time was 20 days between Thanksgiving and mid-December. Now 40 million angry holiday tiger-shoppers are at risk of identity fraud as their credit and debit card accounts may be affected.
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