U.S. stocks fluctuated as an impressive read on April retail sales countered a recent run of disappointing earnings from retailers. Macy's (M) , Kohl's (KSS) and Nordstrom (JWN) have each reported a challenging start to 2016. Consumer sentiment backed up the upward trend in retail sales. Sentiment in early May climbed to its highest in nearly a year, according to the University of Michigan index. Symantec (SYMC) fell short of analysts' expectations in its fourth quarter. Symantec also announced plans to cut roughly 10 percent of its workforce as part of a reorganization. Shake Shack (SHAK) jumped after swinging to a first-quarter profit and hiking its full-year sales outlook. The burger chain said the launch of its chicken sandwich had driven store traffic in the start to the year. TheStreet's Keris Lahiff reports from Wall Street.
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