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  • Retail Sales Disappoint for Second-Straight Month Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 1:18 PM ET
    Holiday Shopper at Walmart

    Retailers posted a second-straight month of weak sales, as warmer-than-usual weather cooled demand for fall clothing and surging gasoline prices and a weak housing sector created a more cautious consumer.

  • Bernanke Speaks But It's Nothing Really New Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:07 PM ET

    Som midday observations: 1) Despite being grilled on the weak dollar, higher inflation, and the subprime crises and what he is doing about it, Bernanke has said little new. He says that economic activity has remained "resilient" but that "financial market volatility and strains have persisted." He seems to want to keep all his options open for December.

  • October was not kind to Wal-Mart even with the promotional pricing and marketing campaign that the world's biggest retailer has been pushing. The only sales growth at Wal-Mart stores was at its Sam's Club division (+2.7%) which helped boost the overall Wal-Mart comp to a meager .4% gain.

  • Retailers: Surprise For Some On Guidance Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    Well, the retailers came in generally in line with the gloomy expectations: plenty of markdowns on warm weather. Two-thirds were below expectations, according to RetailMetrics. Department stores missed expectations across the board.

  • Calmer Day on Wall Street ahead of Bernanke Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 8:18 AM ET

    Stocks are striking a much-improved tone after Wednesday's high energy selloff, as investors await testimony this morning from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Monthly chain store sales and some big earnings could also influence direction.

  • Costco October Same-Store Sales Rise 9% Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 5:17 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale on Thursday reported a 9 percent rise in October sales at stores open at least a year, helped by higher gasoline prices.

  • Here's what the market faces tomorrow: 1) October retail same store sales. Weather got colder toward the end of the month; traders are primed for bad news as most of the big stocks are at 52-week lows. Any good news should move them up.

  • Adrian Peterson: Big Business As "Purple Jesus" Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 3:12 PM ET

    Coming off his single game rushing yards record on Sunday, the hype surrounding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has reached a fever pitch. Perhaps the most remarkable story coming at the water cooler where fantasy sports owners have been talking up Peterson, who was drafted in most leagues as an early-to mid-third round pick.

  • Tesco

    Tesco is an awful name for a company that sells food, don’t you think? Makes me think of Texaco, or Test-co, or something else that starts with “test” which I won’t mention here. Perhaps that’s one reason why you won’t see the name Tesco anywhere on the UK grocery giant’s long-awaited, very expensive entry into the U.S. market.

  • Apparel Retailers May See Higher Sales in October Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 1:16 PM ET

    U.S. apparel retailers saw a mild improvement in October following a very weak September, as higher sales of women's clothes offset a decline in menswear, according to data released Wednesday by SpendingPulse.

  • UK Grocer Tesco Takes on Wal-Mart in California Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    U.K.-based grocery chain Tesco is making its move into America -- and taking on Wal-Mart Stores and Whole Foods.

  • Market Story Today: Weak U.S. Dollar Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:39 PM ET

    Market leaders like metal and energy and tech stocks got help from financials today--that hasnt happened in a long time. But the big story was the weak dollar, which helped push gold, silver, and oil to new highs. Commodity stocks like precious metals, steel, and iron ore also surged.

  • Media Moguls Meet On (What Else) The Media Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:13 PM ET

    The biggest names in media are at the Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan for private equity firm Quadrangle's 'Four Square' conference. The event is closed to the press but I got my hands on an agenda and am spending the afternoon outside the hotel.

  • Retail Stocks: No Bottom In Sight Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 1:26 PM ET

    With retail stocks down 11% year to date, you would think some would be out looking to call a bottom, but bearishness remains very high among retail analysts. Morgan Stanley very typical of that mood this morning, was out with a long note on retailers called "Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, Just Wrong."

  • To say that investors are nervous about October's same store sales results would be the understatement of the year. Just this morning, Morgan Stanley put out a note downgrading many apparel companies to "cautious" status and stating that "we expect that "60% of major retailers to post down margins in 2008, with EPS growth of 9% vs. Street at 14%."

  • Crate and Barrel's CB2 Chain Launches in Manhattan Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 5:13 AM ET

    While the U.S. housing slowdown is crimping sales at numerous home furnishings retailers, it isn't stopping Crate and Barrel from forging ahead with plansto expand its offshoot CB2 brand.

  • Activision Swings to Profit on 'Transformers' Sales Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 5:24 PM ET

    Activision posted a small second-quarter profit, compared to a loss a year earlier, as revenue at the second-biggest U.S. videogame publisher jumped on sales of titles like "Transformers" and "Guitar Hero."

  • Stop Trading!: Stay Away From Ambac, MBIA Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 3:14 PM ET

    These mortgage insurers are in denial, Cramer said. Also, the best sectors to invest in now and why retail is no longer a lost cause.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Need A Little "Despair.com" In Your Life? Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | 12:37 PM ET

    Thanks to Tim J. for sending me a link to the BEST WEB SITE EVER (ok, I exaggerate): www.despair.com. On Despair.com, they take on the corporate motivational crud you've been forced to eat for years, like those posters which promise to stimulate 'Hope,' 'Success' and 'Teamwork', and turn them on their "corporate head," with a special twist.

  • Winter Spender Bender? Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 7:14 PM ET

    Target and other retailers are expected to report gloomy October sales on Thursday. Is anything in the group worth buying?

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