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  • We’ve updated this post with even more trades from the Fast Money gang.

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    While much of the market was focused on weakness in the Dow and S&P 500, the Fast traders were very impressed by gains in the semiconductor space.

  • Despite those strong sales gains, why aren’t their stocks moving much to the upside?

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    Retail is a 'lead indictor for the S&P' and the broader market,  David Berman,  president of the retail-based hedge fund Durban Capital, told CNBC on Wednesday.  'Everyone gets excited about department stores, the problem is that they are really on a long-term death spiral.'

  • S&P futures had dropped a point or so as initial jobless claims for the week came in a bit heavier than expectations, 436,000 vs. 422,000 consensus. Prior week was revised upward to 410,000, from 407,000. Also: good news, nad news for retail.

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    In the 2002-03 school season, Boise State made about $70,000 in gross royalties from merchandise. Last season, that number had increased ten fold to more than $700,000 after increased exposure from big time wins over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and over TCU in the 2010 version of the game.

  • Futures, which had been trading down all morning, got a small boost when personal spending for July came in a big stronger than expected, but then resumed their downward move.

  • With little progress on the overall jobs front, the consumer has ultimately remained very cautious, spurring more tepid spending over the past couple of months. Here is a look at the drop in the major retail stocks since the Morgan Stanley Retail Index hit a two-year high on April 26, 2010.

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    Warm weather, an early Easter and a more confident consumer appear to have boosted retail sales in March, with many of the retailers who have reported results so far topping analysts' estimates.

  • Shares of Macy's pulled back yesterday after rallying for two weeks, but the department-store chain saw upside option activity after a positive analyst report.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Barnes & Noble and Palm popped while Jacobs Engineering and Smith Int  dropped.

  • As of 9:12 this morning, 100% of retailers tracked by Thomson Reuters have reported same store sales.  Here is a breakdown of where things stand.

  • Both the Dow and S&P closed higher on Thursday ending a four-day losing streak after stronger-than-expected retail data boosted economic recovery hopes.

  • 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.

  • 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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    CIT, the finance company struggling to avoid a Chapter 11 filing as soon as tomorrow, is seeking to line up between $2 to $3 billion in secured financing from private investors, CNBC has learned.

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    CIT Group's inability to get emergency government funding raises expectations that the commercial lender will file for bankruptcy.

  • 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.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Macy's and Citigroup popped while Allegheny Energy and Lorillard dropped.