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Retailers reported disappointing sales in July, a sign that consumers are continuing to watch their spending carefully and hunting for the best bargains.
The hope is that we will see some back to school lift, but Labor Day is the latest possible date this year. There are a lot of tax-free holidays in August, particularly in the South, that may help.
Analysts are expecting a late start to the back-to-school shopping season, and that means that retail sales reports for July, which are due out Thursday morning, will likely be weak.
Nothing feels worse than having to leave a party, race home as fast as you can, only to miss snippets of that cable sensation "Options Action" (known within the industry as "The O/A").
It is now four weeks since the S&P 500 hit its recent closing high of 946.21 on June 12. The benchmark index is down 6.7% since then and some components have been hit harder than others bringing dividend yields back up again. Here is a screen for companies that have been beaten up but might have good value in the longer term.
While some call it a bid to get shoppers in a buying mood, it may very well be a sign of the times. Retailers are already rolling out the Christmas shops. With consumers preparing to cut back on spending once again this holiday season, expect the retail competition to be fierce.
Monthly chain store sales came out this morning. See which companies did well and which did not...
Stock futures are up modestly on better-than-expected jobless claims data and Alcoa’s smaller-than-expected loss.
It appears the sentencing of Bernard Madoff has restored at least some investor confidence to a nervous market. Should you play it for a relief rally?
Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Watson Pharmaceuticals and Netflix popped while KeyCorp and Rio Tinto dropped.
Financials weighed down the Dow and S&P on Wednesday as investors sifted through sweeping new regulations designed to eliminate excessive risk-taking on Wall Street.
Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Royal Caribbean and Yahoo! popped while Abercrombie & Fitch and Avis Budget dropped.
One of the most important economic indicators for the stock market, comes out Friday before the bell. And traders are taking their position now!
With same-store sales numbers hitting the Street on Thursday, is there fast money to be made in retail?
As if kids needed another way to hit up their parents for cash, a San Diego company is launching a new payment service called "BillMyParents" to make it easier for kids to shop online.
Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.
Stocks opened flat Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains.
A modest pop in futures as the Consumer Price Index was flat, in line with expectations.
Futures pared losses Friday after a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings.
Stocks capped another strong week with a triple-digit rally Friday as Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief after the stress-test results and banks soared.