It was another down day on Wall Street Wednesday, with the Dow giving up 129 points. The Nasdaq Composite lost 13 points and the S&P 500 fell by 9.
But futures are indicating a higher open Thursday, despite the downgrade of Spain's sovereign debt rating to just above junk status at Standard and Poor's.
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Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is certainly a bright spot. Shares of the world's largest retailer hit their highest level in history yesterday.
Wal-Mart's holiday layaway program is going gangbusters, logging $400 million in sales so far. Now the chain is sampling same-day delivery in at least four markets with the hopes that online shoppers will pay some $10 for the luxury of immediate shipping.
Meanwhile,.40% of U.S. teenagers own an iPhone. A new survey of 7,700 teens by Piper Jaffray finds the number has risen fast: last Spring, just 17% of teens said they owned an iPhone; and 62% of teens that do not currently own an iPhone say their next phone will be an iPhone.
A warning to folks who like Mini-Wheats for breakfast. Retailers have been contacted about the recall of 2.8 million packages of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite-Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size. They're being pulled from store shelves for possible fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part.
It's a voluntary recall and no injuries have been reported so far. But consumers should check their cereal box for the letters KB, AP, or FK before or after the best-before date.
Kellogg (NYSE:K) has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to fix its factories' supply chain issues.