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    Harriet wants to know, “since consumer discretionary is historically one of the earlier sectors to turn after a recession when should investors start getting long?”

  • The wait for a stimulus package continued, caught between those insisting that it be "done now" and those insisting that it be "done right."  Economic data continued to be dismal, capped by the Labor Department's report that joblessness topped 7 1/2 percent in January.  But Wall Street was cheered by the market's resistance to the bad news.

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    Last week, I got two notices that were labeled on the outside as being from Costco and regarding a "Food Safety Recall Notice." They're related to the ongoing peanut (Salmonella) problem.

  • The BoE got a step closer by cutting 50 bps to 1% as expected, The ECB has decided to sit the race out by keeping rates unchanged at 2%.

  • Stocks turned mixed Wednesday as some disappointing earnings reports cast a pall over a pair of better-than-expected readings on the economy.

  • January retail sales are tomorrow, but the big event will be lowered earnings guidance.

  • Futures are modestly higher today after yesterday's rally, there are some big Treasury refundings coming, on top of some very large corporate bond issuances coming from the likes of Procter & Gamble, Novartis, and Altria.

  • With about 90 minutes to go in yesterday's trading session, somone banged out 5,500 puts in Costco's April options.

  • Stocks ended mixed as dismal December retail sales — notably from discount giant Wal-Mart — offset strength in techs, led by Microsoft.

  • Stocks took a hit from weak December retail sales — even from some of the biggest discount names — but trimmed losses arround midday as strength from Microsoft helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

  • Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Call this one Reality Check Part Two: a weaker than expected ADP report, along with disappointing earnings guidance from Time Warner and Intel, a big restructuring from Alcoa, and an 11 percent pullback in oil which pulled commodities and commodity stocks down all weighed on the markets today.

  • Americans are spending more than expected thanks to lower gas prices, Cramer says, so look for the companies that benefit.

  • Keeping prices low during a recession and still making a profit? The chief exec tells us how he does it.

  • New York City

    Almost no segment of New York City’s real estate industry was spared in the Madoff scandal. Commercial brokers large and small, little-known developers and prominent families like the Wilpons and Rechlers all lost money to Bernard L. Madoff, the New York Times reports.

  • Find out why he thinks private-label companies are the stocks to own right now.

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    The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession-hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.

  • Vince Farrell

    When stocks stop going down on bad news, that's the best news you could hope for. The attached chart goes back to the bottom of the last bear market in 2002-2003. The 800 level as you can see is critical.

  • Some days, the bad news is just plain bad. Senate's failure to reach an agreement on the auto bailout package looks set to drive markets lower Friday and that could most certainly mean a bankrupt General Motors.