WASHINGTON, March 14- U.S. consumer sentiment weakened in early March as an unusually harsh winter appeared to dim views on the economy's prospects. The preliminary Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment fell to 79.9 in March from 81.6 the prior month, a survey showed on Friday.» Read More
Consumer confidence retreated in January after two straight months of big gains, a private research group said Tuesday.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the January PMI data, which is down to 60.2 versus 62.2 in December.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the numbers from University of Michigan's consumer sentiment in January.
J.C. Penney shares are helping to lift consumer discretionary spending to all-time high, with CNBC's Courtney Reagan.
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J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson, fresh from his time at Apple, unveils the company's new look. CNBC's Courtney Reagan takes a closer look at the company's bold new strategy.
Lew Frankfort, Coach Chairman & CEO, discusses earnings and whether the consumer is showing strength.
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Apple will report earnings after tomorrow's closing bell. Andy Hargreaves, Pacific Crest Securities sr. analyst, weighs in on Tim Cook: "He's not Steve Jobs, but nobody is."
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A look at where Americans are moving and what it says about a housing recovery, with Brian Iles, UniGroup Worldwide president.
Shares of Apple are trending up right now after Apple announced the launch of iBooks 2, with CNBC's Natali Morris.
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Target unveils new design program coined "the shops," with CNBC's Courtney Reagan. Patrick McKeever, MKM Partners, and Richard Hastings, Global Hunter Securities, also discuss whether Target's plan will work.
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