Wal-Mart, meanwhile, is looking to take on Amazon with same-day shipping . Joe Feldman, an analyst at the Telsey Advisory Group, is optimistic that Wal-Mart will be able to use its stores effectively to ship goods to consumers same-day.
Earnings season for the banks got underway this week. Paul Miller, a bank analyst at FBR Capital Markets, told CNBC to buy firms with big mortgage banking exposure like Wells Fargo, BB&T, and PNC Financial as consumer take advantage of low interest rates and continue to refinance.
Higher commodity prices may put pressure on margins in the restaurant sector . Those companies with strong brands — like Yum! Brands, McDonald's, and Brinker International — should be able to increase prices to offset the higher costs, according to analysts.
Yield has been important to investors this year. There are five companies that could be poised to hike their dividends in the next quarter — AT&T, Kinder Morgan, Freeport McMoran, Campbell Soup and Hormel Foods .
—By CNBC.com's Justin Menza
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