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  • Stop Trading!: Is the Worst Over? Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 4:12 PM ET

    Freddie Mac's earnings may hold the answer, Cramer says.

  • Gaining from Customer Satisfaction Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 12:26 PM ET
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    We have all had some miserable customer service experiences and as we sit on hold or try to navigate through yet another voice response system, we wonder how can these companies get away with this.  In fact, a 2006 Harris Interactive Poll showed 40% of us would rather go to the dentist than deal with poor customer service.  My most recent mind numbing experience with my phone company, Verizon, made me wonder if there is a way to translate this into investing opportunities.   Here is what I found...

  • Macke: Wal-Mart Is A "Buy" Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 4:49 PM ET
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    In this tough retail environment, the only trade is best of breed.

  • Wal-Mart

    Wake up early on Tuesday and catch fresh numbers from the retail giant. See what it takes to move a stock up 22% since the beginning of the year... and whether or not Wal-Mart can keep it up.

  • Stop Trading!: Market Shrugs at Recession Talk Monday, 12 May 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    Some of the worst stocks are up Monday despite bad news. Are any of them worth buying?

  • For the week ending Friday, May 9, 2008, the U.S. Markets were negative for the week, with the Dow falling more than 200 points on Wednesday, making it the biggest point drop since 4/11/08. 

  • Consumers Feel Pinched, But Market Isn’t Worried Friday, 9 May 2008 | 4:45 PM ET
    Specialist Gregory Zenna, right, directs trading in shares of Verizon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday Feb. 14, 2005.  Stocks were narrowly mixed Monday in quiet trading as Wall Street greeted Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Corp. with indifference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    If energy and food prices continue to surge, consumers aren't going to be able to keep up, which would have a huge impact on the economy -- and stocks.  Still,  the market doesn't seem worried.

  • The relentless upward march of oil prices dominated the business headlines through the week, but there were other developments to inspire the traders, analysts, and fund managers who offered their suggestions to investors on CNBC.

  • Stocks Bounce Back; Banks Skid Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 4:43 PM ET

    Stocks bounced back from the prior session's slide, led by techs and materials, as techs staged a rebound and materials benefited from higher metal prices. Better-than-expected retail sales also buoyed the market.  Financials declined after federal regulators proposed increased oversight of investment banks.

  • In Retail, Everything Must Go Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 3:27 PM ET

    Well, there is at least one stock worth keeping. Find out which company Cramer blessed.

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    L.L. Cool J put it best: “Don’t call it a comeback!” While the 80s/90s rapper is far from a retail analyst (he does have his only clothing line though), the idea best describes what I took away from same store sales results for the month of April.

  • Retail Sales Surge in April, but Shoppers Still Wary Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 1:41 PM ET
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    Many US retailers posted better-than-expected sales in April. However, with most consumers sticking to bargains or basics, don't expect an extended rebound in retail.

  • Retail Sales: The Good, Bad And Bottom Line Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    So there’s good and bad news on retail sales. The good news: --April better than March, even if you include the early Easter and better weather --Teen retailers terrific.

  • Retail Sales Boost Stocks; Financials Slide Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 12:12 PM ET

    Stocks bounced back Thursday following a sharp drop in jobless claims and better-than-expected monthly sales from Wal-Mart.

  • Retail Stocks Top the Shopping List Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 11:20 AM ET
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    Is the U.S. economy in a recession? Heading for a recession? "No" on both counts, says Frank Cappiello, the chairman and managing director of Montgomery Brothers, Cappiello. And he thinks it's time to think about buying stocks.

  • Retail Sales Surge in April, but Shoppers Still Wary Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 10:44 AM ET
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    Many US retailers posted better-than-expected sales in April. However, with most consumers sticking to bargains or basics, don't expect an extended rebound in retail.

  • As expected, the ECB and the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged; the ECB at 4.0 percent. Futures dipped a bit at 8:50 am ET as Mr. Trichet began talking, giving his usual speech on the importance of combating inflation.

  • Costco Sales Rise More than Forecast in April Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale on Thursday reported an 8-percent increase in overall April sales at stores open at least a year.

  • Retail: 3 Stocks To Watch Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    Ahead of same-store sales Thursday, discover 3 stocks being watched closely by options trader Jon Najarian!

  • Wind In Their Sales? Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    Ahead of same-store sales Thursday, we can’t help but wonder if those stimulus checks mean better times are on the horizon for retail?