It's a mixed Monday on Wall Street with the S&P 500 (^GSPC) and the Dow (^DJI) in the red and the Nasdaq (^IXIC) eking out some gains through the first half of the trading day. Investors await a very busy week for earnings as well as a Federal Reserve meeting, either of which could prove the next significant catalyst.
While you wait, here are some of the other stories Yahoo Finance is keeping an eye on today.
Microsoft's flagship store
Microsoft (MSFT) has more than 100 stores up and running in the U.S. right now but its brand new flagship store in New York City promises to be a Graceland for windows fans. It will be used to show off new Microsoft's products as well as those of partners like Dell (DELL) and Lenovo (LNVGY).
Steve Jobs movie lands with a thud
The much awaited Steve Jobs movie written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle made its national debut this weekend and it fell with a thud. According to the website Box Office Mojo - the film came in 7th for the weekend behind several other films that have been out for weeks. We should note that the film had a limited release a few weeks ago, but its general lack of success has people talking.
Facebook at Work
Workers at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) can now be on Facebook (FB) all the time. By the end of next year, the bank plans to have its entire workforce using "Facebook at Work," a social media platform Facebook designed specifically for businesses. RBS will be Facebook at Work's biggest client yet.
Holiday shopping outlook
We're about a month away from the holiday season, and it looks like retailers are going to have a merry Christmas. Holiday spending is poised to surge, according to a Deutsche Bank economist. Meanwhile, FedEx (FDX) is expecting to see a record number of shipments.