How you look at the stock market depends on your perspective. From an optimistic point of view, today's release of the Federal Reserve's Beige Book pointed to a stronger retail sector as a potential source of broader gains in economic activity. Combine that with an upward revision in second-quarter GDP and reasonable growth in pending home sales, and it's fairly easy to make the glass-half-full case. The market, though, wasn't completely convinced, with the Dow Jones Industrials
Still, some Dow stocks performed quite well. Verizon
Finally, Home Depot
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