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  • China's Shanghai Index rose 4.8 percent, as Chinese officials now routinely verbally manipulate the markets, this time after a securities regulator said the markets were healthy and pledged to keep it stable.

  • As of 9:15 this morning, 100% of retailers tracked by Thomson Reuters have reported same store sales.  Here is a breakdown of where things stand.

  • Are the dog days of August ahead? Stocks pulled back from their highs of the week, with the S&P 500 off 0.85%, the Dow sliding 0.82% and the Nasdaq down 1.19%.

  • Stocks skidded Friday after a disappointing report on consumer prices and as consumers' mood took a turn for the worse. The Dow finished down about 50 points on the week, snapping a four-week winning streak.That snapped the markets four-week winning streak:

  • The sentiment is that the markets are due for a pullback, but is this your next buying opportunity?

  • Several retailers --JC Penney for example -- are modestly raising 2009 earnings estimates. So why aren't the stocks up today?

  • Futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street Friday after a report showed consumer prices posted their biggest year-over-year decline since 1950.

  • Traders at New York Stock Exchange.

    The economy's bumpy progress is giving the stock market more reason to pause, but the bulls are hanging on for the time being.

  • Plenty more retail earnings and commentary ahead.  Just don't expect a lot of gushy, positive comments--there's little incentive to do so.

  • The markets are marginally higher during intraday trading, despite a jump in jobless claims, a dip in retail sales and a new report showing a 7% increase in foreclosures.

  • A handful of retail stores reported upbeat earnings news on Thursday. Is the sector finally thawing? Retail analysts Kimberly Greenberger of Citigroup and Jeff Klinefelter of Piper Jaffray discussed their insights.

  • Retailers reported disappointing sales in July, a sign that consumers are continuing to watch their spending carefully and hunting for the best bargains. Kimberly Greenberger, retail analyst at Citi, shares her analysis of July same-store sales data.

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    Retailers are managing their business better, even though consumers are still conserving cash— and investors are taking notice.

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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.

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    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.

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    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...