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  • Consumers Shopping 'Til They, And Stocks, Drop? Monday, 3 May 2010 | 12:18 PM ET

    Just in time for Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Meeting this weekend, Warren Buffett's brand of value investing may be ready to take over for the high-risk strategy that has been in favor over the last 12 months.

  • Greece Deal More Important Than Goldman Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 5:32 PM ET

    The new reputational/political risk associated with the market in key stocks (BP, Goldman, Massey) is the biggest story of the week. A good example of the uncertainty in the trading community is a note sent out by Buckingham Research this afternoon regarding Goldman. It is titled: Litigation/Political Risk Too Difficult to Handicap...

  • Are Stocks Ready For a Correction? Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 9:23 AM ET

    The S&P 500 settled above the 1,200-mark on Wednesday's trading session, setting another key milestone for the market, and trading at its highest level since September 2008. While the bullish momentum may be well received by some, the rate of acceleration might be making others nervous. 

  • Dow Ends Above 11,000; S&P Just Shy of 1,200 Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | 5:31 PM ET

    The Dow managed to close above 11,000 after some late-session turbulence but 1,200 proved just out of reach for the S&P.

  • S&P Flirts With 1,200; VIX Drops Toward 15 Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | 3:48 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Monday and the Dow found a foothold above 11,000 as as investors were relieved that Europe reached a bailout deal for Greece but waited to see if earnings season would be as good as predicted.

  • Dow Finds Footing Above 11,000; VIX Nears 15 Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | 11:11 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Monday and the Dow found a foothold above 11,000 as as investors were relieved that Europe reached a bailout deal for Greece but waited to see if earnings season would be as good as predicted.

  • Greece Lifts Futures; Earnings Season Starts Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | 6:28 AM ET

    The stock markets looked set to start the week higher, with stock index futures comfortably above fair value Monday following the euro zone’s agreement of a new aid package for Greece.

  • Dow Briefly Pops Above 11,000; Chevron Gains Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 6:13 PM ET

    The Dow briefly popped above 11,000 -- the first time it's reached that mark since September 2008 -- before settling a few points below. Chevron blazed the trail, making energy one of the day's best performers. Palm surged amid takeover rumors.

  • Dow Rises Toward 11,000; Energy Gains Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 1:35 PM ET

    The Dow continued rising toward 11,000 Friday as the dollar fell after a Greek official said the debt-riddled nation has not yet sought financial aid. Energy and consumer discretionary were among the best performers.

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    Premium retailers that maintained their brand equity through an era of heavy discounting will have an easier time sustaining comparable sales growth moving forward, as shoppers will be less reluctant to pay full-price for their items.

  • 6 Retail Stocks: Strategist Picks & Pans Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 10:58 AM ET

    The S&P retail index recently hit a 52-week high after the nation’s major chain stores delivered some of the best sales results in a decade. Patrick Dunkerley, lead portfolio manager at Scout Mid Cap Fund and Patricia Edwards, CIO and retail analyst at Storehouse Partners shared their best retail plays.

  • Retailers Trounce Estimates, Aided by Early Easter Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 | 10:49 AM ET
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    Warm weather, an early Easter and a more confident consumer appear to have boosted retail sales in March, with many of the retailers who have reported results so far topping analysts' estimates.

  • Upbeat Signs Revive Consumers' Mood for Spending Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 5:31 AM ET
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    American consumers are finally coming out of hiding. After months of penny-pinching amid the recession, new figures suggest that consumers are no longer restricting their budgets, the New York Times reported.

  • Teenage Advice for the Unhip Investor Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 9:54 AM ET
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    The average investor is behind the curve when it comes to the fickle world of teenage retail and should listen to the shoppers of the futures, according to Kelly Jane Robertson, the 16-year-old intern at The Investors Chronicle.

  • Gap Sees 'Unusually Bullish' Options Volume Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 7:56 AM ET

    Option volume in the Gap is unusually bullish as its shares trade just below five-year highs.

  • Hot Trades: Regional Banks, Retail & More... Thursday, 11 Mar 2010 | 5:44 PM ET

    If you're looking for a trading idea, you might want to check out regional banks or the retailers. Find out why!

  • Stocks End Higher; Disney Leads Dow Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 5:52 PM ET

    Stocks eked out a modest gain Thursday after some encouraging economic news ahead of tomorrow's jobs report. Consumer stocks were the day's top performers after upgrades on Disney and Coke and better-than-expected retail-sales reports.

  • Consumers Shop, and Retail Stocks Don’t Drop Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 1:57 PM ET

    Another strong round of retail sales came in this morning, with broad gains across the board in February despite wintry weather throughout much of the Midwest and East Coast.

  • Should You Believe in Retail's Rally? Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 1:36 PM ET

    The market was helped by unexpectedly strong retail sales, and the Fast Money gang has the stories you need to know in order to make the right trades in this market.

  • Stocks Rebound; Disney, Coke Lead Dow Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 12:16 PM ET

    Stocks pulled back Thursday after a report showed an unexpected drop in pending-home sales. Stocks had opened higher Thursday after a report showed jobless claims fell last week and retail sales came in better than expected.