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  • On the Line: Petsmart CEO Philip Francis Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 11:04 AM ET

    Any time a company blames the weather for a lowered outlook, be skeptical. But Petsmart has a case. 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.

  • Retail Sales Post Strong Gain in September Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 10:18 AM ET
    Shopper with Bloomingdales Bags

    Retail sales posted a stronger-than-expected gain and prices at the wholesale level jumped up significantly in September.

  • Market Moves Up, But Inflation Worries Exist Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 9:13 AM ET

    Here are my thoughts this morning: 1) Producer Price Index is hot, above expectations, but core (ex-food and energy) below expectations, retail sales stronger than expected, so market has moved up on this because it watches core inflation and is happy retail sales are stronger than expected.

  • Stocks Down But Bulls Shouldn't Cry Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 4:16 PM ET

    No love from the stock market today, and frankly, not even the most rabid bulls (and I am bullish) can complain. Think about it: September retail sales was even worse than were thought; many retailers lowered earnings: energy stocks lowered earnings yesterday...

  • Same Store Sales: Why Numbers Are So Bad Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 3:19 PM ET

    Bloodletting was the term one source used. Bad and weak were the most common and perhaps the most descriptive term was anemic. I am referring, of course, to September's same store sales results. Wall street knew that September's sales would be soft but what the Street didn't know was how widespread the results would be.

  • Apple: Will It Reap Benefits Of Music Revolution? Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 2:01 PM ET

    With so much attention being paid to the kind of power Apple Inc. wields in the music business--trying to control pricing because of its infinitely popular iTunes online music store--there might be a threat even more serious for the rest of the music industry. And that includes Apple.

  • Retailers Ring Up Weakest Growth in Three Years Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 12:13 PM ET
    Cash Register

    September same-store sales growth falls to its slowest pace in three years, forcing a number of retailers to cut their third-quarter earnings forecast.

  • Retail "Food Fight" Eating Up Stocks? Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 11:18 AM ET

    A real food fight breaking out over the September retail sales numbers. No hiding the facts: they were below expectations, which had already been lowered. Men's Warehouse, American Eagle, Target, Limited, Nordstrom, JC Penney lowered earnings; Kohl's said earnings would be at the low end of the range.

  • Bonds Fall on Stock Futures, Lower Jobless Claims Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 9:31 AM ET

    US Treasuries fell Thursday after lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims bolstered views of a healthy labor market, lowering expectations of a near-term interest rate cut.

  • Wal-Mart Boosts Stocks With Earnings Surprise Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 9:20 AM ET

    Stocks are squarely in positive ground this morning helped by a surprise comment from Wal-Mart that its earnings will be better than expected this quarter. Chain stores report monthly sales today and expectations have been low. Macy's for instance is down 2.7%, Limited was down 4%, Chico's is down 8.3% and Nordstrom cut its third quarter forecast.

  • Retailers: Warm Weather Yields Cold Sales Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    Warm weather left apparel retailers with a lot of unsold suits and sweaters in September. Limited, Chico's, Abercrombie, Gap and Limited missed. Men's Wearhouse cut its forecast for third quarter profits, citing "continued softening in traffic trends."

  • Retailers Expected to Post Weak Sales for September Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 2:06 PM ET
    Holiday Shopper at Walmart

    Balmy temperatures meant a few more weeks of summer, but the warm weather likely put a chill on retail sales.

  • Costco Shares Jump as Earnings Beat Forecasts Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 1:38 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by improved margins, and the No. 1 U.S. warehouse club operator said September sales at stores open at least a year were stronger than Wall Street forecasts.

  • European Stocks Finish Mixed as Energy, Banks Fall Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 12:55 PM ET

    The European stock indexes closed mixed Wednesday as declines in the price of oil dragged energy stocks into the red, matching losses in banking shares.

  • Carolina Herrera for Kohl's? Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 11:58 AM ET
    Carolina Herrera Spring 08 Collection

    She's dressed former First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Jackie Kennedy and is a favorite of starlet Renee Zellweger, but designer Carolina Herrera says she would like to do a mass-market line, much like the one her friend Vera Wang recently created for Kohl's.

  • Wet Summer Dampens Sales at Bid Target Sainsbury Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 3:59 AM ET

    Supermarket group J. Sainsbury, the subject of a 10.6 billion pound ($22 billion) proposed bid, saw its growth slow in the second quarter as Britain's wettest summer on record dampened spending.

  • Stores Ready, But Holiday Shoppers Will Wait Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 12:00 PM ET
    Holiday Shopper at Walmart

    U.S. retailers are touting holiday deals and discounts earlier than ever this year, but the efforts may fall flat as consumers expect to start shopping for this crucial season later than ever, according to a survey released Tuesday by NPD Group.

  • Breaking Down the Rocket Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 10:04 AM ET
    Roger Clemens

    I've already debated here whether Roger Clemens was worth it for the Yankees, but now that we know his season is over, as is the Yankees' for that matter, we can give you the final tally on the Rocket's financials. Clemens joined the Yankees on May 7 of this year, but the clock started ticking on June 9 when he got called up. Since the Yankees season is based on 182 days, that means Clemens salary of $28,000,022 was prorated to 115 days. Based on this, Clemens received a total of $17,690,413 for the season.

  • Wii are All Sold Out, Sorry Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 2:31 PM ET

    We're headed into the holiday shopping season and this one will carry a familiar tune from Nintendo: shoppers looking to deck their dens with a new Wii may be out of luck. Again.  The New York Post reports another round of Wii shortages on tap during this year's fourth quarter, even as the company has sold 11 million of these consoles worldwide.

  • Angry Trophy Wife Trade Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 11:13 AM ET

    Wall Street bonuses are expected to drop as much as 40% this year. Will sales at luxury stores including Coach (COH) and Tiffany (TIF) take a hit?

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