Such as Macy's missed targets, and Home Depot weakness and with comments about home sales and consumer confidence. Macy's intact did quite well last quarter with tight budget controls over staffing and inventory control they raised profit margins. This I spite of the fact that 1/3 of the Macy store base lost numerous days of store traffic from weather events. Home Depot is optimistic over the volume in sees in home improvement categories. The current economy is reflecting the change in the workforce between the Educated and the uneducated. The counties In the USA that have fostered a strong connection to the new technologies in communication, production and health services are doing quite well. ie The Dakotas, Austin, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, metro Washington DC, and northern NJ. The demand for unskilled jobs is Declining because of the new technologies eve to the point the military is cutting back on ground personnel because new technology allows the overall mission to be done with far fewer. As investors, you should welcome this as to se how this lowers operating costs for corporations.