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  • How to Play Retail?  Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 3:15 PM ET

    Insight on the American consumer this holiday season, and how you can make money of the retail sector, with CNBC's Courtney Reagan; David Abella, Rochdale Investment Management; and Betty Chen, Wedbush Securities.

  • Retailers Share Mixed Sales Results  Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    A look at Macy's raising its full year guidance and Target lowering its earnings expectations, with Adrianne Shapira, Goldman Sachs analyst.

  • Talking Numbers: Retail Trade  Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    Traders are watching retail stocks ahead of tomorrow's same store sales data. Which stocks could get a boost from the event? JC O'Hara, Phoenix Partners Group, and Anthony Chukumba, BB&T Capital Markets, discuss.

  • Markets Positive in 2012?  Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:20 PM ET

    Markets are usually positive in the fourth year of a presidential cycle. What can traders expect in 2012? Mark Lehmann, JMP Securities, and Bryan Piskorowski, Wells Fargo Advisors, discuss.

  • Street Signals for 2012  Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan takes a look at Street signs for what's ahead in the coming year.

  • For 2012, Signs Point to Tepid Consumer Spending Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 4:50 AM ET
    Woman window shopping on a snowy street

    As the weak economy has trudged on, they have leaned on credit cards to pay for holiday gifts, many bought at discounts. They are dipping into savings to cover spikes in gas, food and rent. They are substituting domestic vacations for international trips, squeezing more life out of their washing machines and refrigerators and switching to alternatives as meat prices have risen. The New York Times reports.

  • Claiming Social Security Benefits Early Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 4:21 PM ET
    Claiming Social Security Early

    Faith in financial institutions like Social Security has eroded. Many people now wonder aloud if it will be around much longer. Should they claim Social Security early? Financial advisers agree on what course of action to take: Don’t do it.

  • Warmer Weather Hurting Winter Retail  Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 6:50 AM ET

    The lack of a cold winter have hurt retailers trying to sell cold-weather apparel, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • Europe Impacting Stock Picking for 2012  Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 7:16 AM ET

    "We are cautious in the first six months of 2012 - we are concerned about Europe - but the last six months could be okay," says Tom Forester, Forester Value Fund portfolio manager. Forester adds, unless central banks kick in, financials are difficult the first half.

  • Gift Card Spending to Increase  Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 6:47 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan has the details on why the gift card market is rebounding as economic conditions improve.

  • 2012 Election: It's the Economy  Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 7:33 PM ET

    Will the improving economy be enough to keep President Obama in the White House come November? Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity, and Dean Baker, Ctr. for Economic & Policy Research, weigh in. Also, discussing whether the U.S. economy is doing better than people think, with Brian Wesbury, First Trust Advisors.

  • Durable Goods & Personal Income  Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 8:35 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman explains why durable goods and personal income data is weaker than expected. Mario Gabelli & CNBC's Rick Santelli also weighs in.

  • Consumer Report  Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 9:56 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports December's consumer sentiment number is 69.9.

  • Steel Buzzkill, Gold Failing  Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 12:21 PM ET

    Shares of Schnitzer Steel are getting slammed today after the company reported they expect Q1 results to be lower than outlook. Also, gold is hurting to hold onto early gains and US homebuilders confidence rose for the third consecutive month today. CNBC's Fast Money traders and Dan Dicker, Merblock president weigh in.

  • Retail's Naughty & Nice Stock Picks  Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 6:41 AM ET

    Thomas Filandro, Susquehanna Financial Group, keeps track of which retailers have been "good" and "bad."

  • Weather & Holiday Retail  Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 8:40 AM ET

    The unseasonably warm holiday weather has shoppers out more, says Paul Walsh, Weather Channel vice president/weather analytics.

  • Macy's CEO Bullish on Men's Retail  Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 6:47 PM ET

    Insight on how Macy's is doing this holiday season and what's ahead in 2012, with Terry Lundgren, chairman, president & CEO, and Mad Money host Jim Cramer. "We're hitting the ball out of the park in every category of our organization," he says. He also explains reasons for weakness in women's apparel and growth in the menswear category.

  • Rich Americans Fear Retirement  Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 1:33 PM ET

    According to a new study, 23% of wealthy Americans say they don't have enough retirement funds saved. Karen Wimbish, Wells Fargo Retail retirement director, discusses investor confidence and saving for retirement.

  • Retailers For Your Portfolio Wish List  Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 10:25 AM ET

    The retail stocks that are hot versus the ones that are not, with Stacey Widlitz, S.W. Retail Advisors Inc. president.

  • Best Buy the Amazon Showroom?  Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 8:14 AM ET

    Weighing in on Best Buy's earnings and struggle to beat online retailer Amazon, with Kenneth Langone, Invemed Associates/Home Depot co-founder; Arthur Blank, Home Depot co-founder, and Bernie Marcus, Home Depot co-founder/Marcus Foundation chairman.