U.S. stocks climbed following a storm of U.S. economic data that undercut the chances of a rate hike when the Federal Reserve meets next week. Retail sales, producer prices and industrial production in August each came in weaker than expected. Goodyear Tire (GT) rose after upping its dividend by 43% to $0.10 a share. The dividend is part of a plan to return as much as $4 billion in capital to shareholders. The auto parts company also increased financial targets through to 2020. Apparel retailer VF Corp (VFC) fell after a two-notch downgrade to UNDERPERFORM at Bank of America. The firm said it has a more tempered outlook for VF Corp's outdoor and action brands. AMC Networks (AMCX) was downgraded to HOLD from BUY at Stifel. Analysts said The Walking Dead network has been under ratings pressure so far this year, a trend they expect will continue. TheStreet's Keris Lahiff has details from Wall Street.
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