Today's news round-up
A mix of not-so-bad and not-so-good:
"Markets Heading Up for a 3rd Day"
"Retail Sales Drop Not as Bad as Feared "
"Initial Jobless Claims Increase Again "
"Net Worth of Families Declines Sharply"
"G.E.’s Debt Rating Is Cut by S.& P." That's General Electric, not General Motors.
"BMW and VW Reflect Difficulties Facing Carmakers"
That's all for now.