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  • Target's New High-End Strategy Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 12:41 PM ET
    Target's New High-End Strategy

    Target plans to launch upscale shops within its stores. What does the high-end strategy mean for Target? Colin McGranahan, analyst at Sanford Bernstein, discusses.

  • Slowdown in the Luxury Sector? Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 11:50 AM ET
    Slowdown in the Luxury Sector?

    With Tiffany cutting its yearly earnings guidance on a slowdown in sales, will there be a slowdown in the luxury sector? Insight with Edward Yruma, KeyBanc Capital Markets retail analyst.

  • Macy's CEO on Moody's Stable Outlook Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 7:14 AM ET
    Macy's CEO on Moody's Stable Outlook

    We set out to reinvent the department store five years ago and we have had massive changes in our company, says Terry Lundgren, Macy's chairman/president/CEO, who adds that re-branding stores to the Macy's brand set the ball in motion, and re-organizing the company has helped Macy's growth in sales.

  • AutoNation CEO on Rising Car Sales Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 6:55 AM ET
    AutoNation CEO on Rising Car Sales

    Mike Jackson, AutoNation chairman & CEO, weighs in on 2011 new vehicle sales, which were up 11% from the previous year. "The usual replacement rate is about 15% per year; this year it will move over 20%," he says.

  • Barnes and Noble CEO's Next Move Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
    Barnes and Noble CEO's Next Move

    As the book seller increased its loss estimates for fiscal year due to investments in its digital business led by the Nook e-reader, Barnes & Noble is considering separating the digital business from its core. Insight with William Lynch, Barnes and Noble CEO and CNBC's David Faber.

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

    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
    Retailers Share Mixed Sales Results

    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
    Talking Numbers: Retail Trade

    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 Positive in 2012?

    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
    Warmer Weather Hurting Winter Retail

    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
    Europe Impacting Stock Picking for 2012

    "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
    Gift Card Spending to Increase

    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
    2012 Election: It's the Economy

    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
    Durable Goods & Personal Income

    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
    Consumer Report

    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
    Steel Buzzkill, Gold Failing

    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
    Retail's Naughty & Nice Stock Picks

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