Stocks Smacked by Wal-Mart, Google

Major indexes sold off on weakness in both heavyweights' shares. Upcoming data on housing may hold the key to the market's next move

Wall Street returned from the Thanksgiving weekend Monday to fresh worries about the holiday shopping season. Stocks finished broadly lower, as Wal-Mart's (WMT) disappointing November results raised questions about the strength of retail sales and a bearish Google (GOOG) report hampered technology stocks. Futures-related sell programs and ripple effects from the dollar's plunge against the yuan and the euro also weighed on the market, says Standard & Poor's Equity Research.

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