The Big News Driving the Markets Today

While it was a pretty tepid day on the markets with pretty light downward movement for the Dow Jones Industrial Average , that doesn't mean there weren't big storylines worth watching.

  • Sears Holdings announced that it's spinning off the rest of its Sears Hometown stores in an effort to shore up cash and focus on its turnaround strategy.

  • Google announced that it's laying off 20% of its recently acquired Motorola Mobility staff.

  • And Groupon is giving investors another reason to be sour on the company's long-term outlook. It appears members of the sales team are jumping ship amid what's become a more competitive stressful work environment. Groupon relies heavily on its sales team, as business relationships are a key competitive advantage over competitors such as Living Social.

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