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  • Macke On Wal-Mart: "Two Strikes" Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 6:05 PM ET
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    "I’m starting to see some chinks in the armor which is concerning," says Jeff Macke. Is he changing his view on Wal-Mart?

  • Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:21 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed as dismal December retail sales — notably from discount giant Wal-Mart — offset strength in techs, led by Microsoft.

  • Traders Ask, "What Urgency?" Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:14 PM ET

    Despite tremendous fear that the nonfarm payroll report would be a complete disaster tomorrow, traders acted like there was little urgency. Volume was light, volatility was low and with the exception of one sector (retail) all S&P sectors were up or down less than one percent.

  • Michael Jordan on Michael Jordan And His New Shoe Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 3:12 PM ET
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    Michael Jordan was in New York City today to unveil his latest sneaker called the Air Jordan 2009. We talked about him being the most popular athlete on the planet, Brand Jordan and the new shoe.

  • Stocks Pare Losses, Helped by Microsoft Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

    Stocks took a hit from weak December retail sales — even from some of the biggest discount names — but trimmed losses arround midday as strength from Microsoft helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

  • Analyst Still Sees Some Bright Spots in Retail Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    Despite dismal December chain store sales numbers, Kimberly Greenberger, retail analyst at Citi, told CNBC's investors to prepare their portfolios accordingly as retail stocks will make a turnaround in 2009.

  • Hunting For Value in Consumer Staples Stocks Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:56 AM ET

    Will Nasgovitz, portfolio manager of Hartland Advisors told CNBC he sees a few consumer staples stocks that will help boost portfolios.

  • Wal-Mart Hits Stocks; Microsoft Boosts Tech Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Weak Wal-Mart Sales Send Futures Lower Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 9:10 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Discounters Will Continue to Lead Retail: Telsey Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 8:01 AM ET

    Discounters are the Lords of Retailing in this recessionary economic realm, according to Telsey Advisory Group chief research officer Dana Telsey.  "The warehouse clubs, the discounters overall...whether it's high-end or low-end, the changes in the environment are leading consumers of all income levels to want value," she told CNBC.

  • Industry Slowdown May Steal Show Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 12:41 PM ET
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    CES will be something of a preview of what’s to come for the consumer electronics industry this year. Less will have to be more, as revenue and investment shrink while buyers and profits become scarce.

  • How To Do Sponsorship Right: Chick-Fil-A Bowl Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 5:18 PM ET

    Tonight is the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. I'm sure it will be a good one between Georgia Tech and the LSU Tigers. But the reason I'm writing about this is because, in a world where so many sponsorships don't make sense, this one is probably among the best I've ever seen. Here are five things the sports marketing world can learn from Chick-Fil-A's sponsorship of this bowl game.

  • Outdoor Hockey: My Interview with NHL Chief Bettman Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 4:48 PM ET

    Tomorrow afternoon will be the one day of the year I will be watching hockey as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings play outside at Wrigley Field. The Bridgestone Winter Classic is the talk of the town and hockey outdoors has actually managed to get some big-time buzz. This morning, I spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the game.

  • My Interview with Super-Agent Scott Boras Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 1:51 PM ET
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    Superagent Scott Boras has made waves again this offseason as the agent of Mark Teixeira. He's also still negotiating for Derek Lowe and Manny Ramirez, among others. This morning on "Squawk Box," I sat down with Boras for a wide-ranging interview.

  • 5 Tips for Easy Holiday Returns Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 5:46 PM ET

    With retail sales in the toilet this year, many stores won't be as forgiving when it comes to returns.

  • Stocks Finish Up, But Santa Skips Wall St. Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 4:15 PM ET

    Stocks finished higher Friday on a day when Wall Street looked like a ghost town, but the week ended without a visit from a much-anticipated Santa Claus rally.

  • Stocks Go Flat as Techs Slip, Autos Rise Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 2:02 PM ET

    Stocks edged higher at the open as Wall Street looked for a boost from a Christmas gift for GMAC and some heavy holiday activity at selected retailers.

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    Retailers' fortunes will be decided in the next six days of post-Christmas sales. Many stores are slashing prices yet again, simply to move inventory out the door.

  • Retailers Suffer Dismal Christmas Sales Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 11:59 AM ET
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    Computer screens burned bright this season as shoppers avoided the mall and surfed the internet for Christmas bargains. E-commerce was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal holiday.

  • The Honus Wagner Card: A Buyer's Lifetime Obsession Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
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    In August, Arkansas businessman John Rogers bought one of the famous Honus Wagner cards for $1.62 million. It was only months ago and the economy certainly hasn't made things better. So we were confused when Rogers put it up for sale on eBay...