Money & Markets modules for Thursday, Aug. 23

TODAY

Ross Stores and HP report quarterly results. The Commerce Department issues its monthly tally of new U.S. home sales.

SPOTLIGHT

Home improvement retailer Lowe's reached all-time highs Wednesday after a solid second-quarter report.

CENTERPIECE

Walmart wallops Wall Street

Walmart's stock had its best day in a year after reporting its strongest sales growth in more than a decade. Its purchase of Jet.com and several smaller online retailers and its expanded grocery offerings appear to be drawing more people to its website and stores.

STORY STOCKS

Urban Outfitters (URBN)

Target (TGT)

Lowe's (LOW)

Super Micro Computer (SMCI)

Hartford Financial Services (HIG)

Exact Sciences (EXAS)

Marathon Oil (MRO)

Johnson Controls (JCI)

FUND FOCUS

T. Rowe Price Tax-Free Income (PRTAX)

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