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    U.S. retail chains may report some of their worst monthly sales results this week as the global financial crisis leaves its mark on ordinary consumers, casting new doubt on holiday season sales.

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    This holiday season is make or break for some retailers, and while it’s not even Halloween yet, we’re already seeing some of them break. Are we going to see more before Christmas?

  • The Dow clawed its way back from a five-and-a-half year low, trading up more than 250 points heading into the final half hour of trading. The VIX, a gauge of fear in the market, soared to a new record above 80.

  • The Dow clawed its way back from a five-and-a-half year low, trading up more than 250 points heading into the final half hour of trading. The VIX, a gauge of fear in the market, soared to a new record above 80.

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    Stocks closed lower after swinging wildly all day as a coordinated global rate cut failed to reassure investors.

  • Due to the Yom Kippur holiday tomorrow, a number of retailers are reporting September same store sales a day early. In general, discounters (ex-Target) outperformed, so Wal-Mart, Costco BJ, and Fred's all did fairly well.

  • U.S. stock index futures turned positive after coordinated action to cut rates across the globe to fight the danger of the world economy being hit by a depression.

  • With a Wall Street bailout finally in the history books it’s time to think about earnings. The season starts Tuesday.

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    The credit freeze, which is shifting into overdrive heading into the holiday season, is expected to hit consumers harder than corporate America.

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    The curb on short sales is giving the market a big lift now, but what happens in two weeks when the ban expires?

  • For the week ending Friday, September 5, 2008,  the U.S. markets ended in negative territory for the week after weak employment data and declines in auto and retail sales pointed to weaker consumer spending and a greater economic slowdown. The unemployment rate jumped to a 5-year high, soaring to 6.1%.  On Thursday, the three major Indices fell back into bear market territory by dropping 20% from their market peaks set last fall. Both the Dow & Nasdaq Composite had their worst daily closes since July 26, with drops of more than 340 points for the Dow and 75 points for the Nasdaq.

  • Disappointing stats on the job market added another layer of anxiety to a market already worried about a global slowdown, which sent stocks spiraling back into bear-market territory.

  • Stocks fell sharply Thursday as oil clawed back some gains and a report showed jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week.

  • Stocks fell sharply Thursday as oil clawed back some gains and a report showed jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week.

  • Stocks fell sharply at the opening bell Thursday as oil clawed back some gains and a report showed jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week.

  • Futures indicated a lower open on Wall Street as oil clawed back some gains, and fell further after a report showed jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week.

  • Retail should be getting slammed by a weak back-to-school season. So, how come shares are up?

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