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Apple earnings, changes at Walmart and Trump the nominee

Lackluster economic data is weighing on U.S. stocks today (^DJI, ^GSPC, ^IXIC) as the October FOMC meeting gets underway. Investors are also watching two big names set to report after the bell - Apple (AAPL) and Twitter (TWTR).

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While you wait, here are some of the other stories that Yahoo Finance is keeping an eye on today.

Trump and the Republican Party
Billionaire presidential hopeful Donald Trump is still ahead in most polling - despite the rise of Ben Carson in the latest national poll released earlier today. And the establishment of the Republican Party is slowly beginning to accept Trump's popularity. So what would a Donald Trump nominee mean for the party and the country?

Changes afoot at Walmart
Walmart (WMT) is gearing up for a couple of major changes to its stores. The retailer is reportedly aiming to cut down on the number of products it sells in its supercenters. The world's largest retailer also plans to reduce the height of shelves near the checkout area by a foot, so that customers can see the entire store when they enter.

REI shutting down for Black Friday
Black Friday, one retailer wants you spending time outside, rather than spending money at its stores. Outdoor and sporting goods retailer REI is closing its doors on the shopping holiday, and encouraging would-be customers to go outside. REI will give its employees the day off with pay.