Stocks are set to end the week little changed, as some positive economic data and a new Greek bailout deal helped offset the impact of the continued fiscal cliff stalemate... MACRO NEWS: Greece and its lenders reached a deal that is likely to prevent the country from exiting the euro zone in the near-term... Conversely, a deficit reduction deal between Democrats and Republicans remains elusive, as the parties continue to be at odds over whether to increase tax rates. The GOP yesterday reportedly rejected a deal proposed by the White House that would increase taxes by $1.6T, as the fiscal cliff continues to loom... Third quarter GDP growth was revised up to 2.7%, from 2%, although the consensus estimate was 2.8%. Pending home sales for October and an index of consumer confidence for November beat expectations. On the other hand, personal income for October came in below expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Amid negative reports suggesting that sales of Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface tablet and of its Windows 8 operating system have been lackluster, the company's stock is set to end the week significantly lower... Food manufacturer ConAgra Foods (CAG) agreed to buy one of its competitors, RalCorp (RAH), for $90 per share... Coffee machine maker Green Mountain (GMCR) and apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO) both reported stronger than expected quarterly results.
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