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Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, provides tidbits, insights, and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
The market is schizophrenic. It's time for the Fed to get lost — and let the recovery chug along on its own, says Michael Farr.
Some of Thursday's midday movers:
Six companies in the S&P 500, led by retailers, sustained earnings growth for eight straight quarters before snapping the streak.
Top US hedge fund managers in the first quarter zoned in on the consumer sector, with investments that included eBay, Dollar General and Walgreens.
Financials are among the top stock picks from Omega Advisors' Leon Cooperman.
Many diverse companies are blaming Obamacare for disappointing earnings season. USA Today reports.
Investors—some of whom have been singed by the recent setbacks—are beginning to think that the era of goodwill despite meager earnings is ending.
The "Fast Money" traders share their final trades of the day.
April 10- Family Dollar Stores Inc, seeking to reverse declining sales and profit, said on Thursday it is slashing prices to win shoppers, cutting jobs, and shutting hundreds of stores. Family Dollar Chief Executive Howard Levine, on a call with investors, pointed to "a more financially constrained consumer," echoing recent comments from rivals.
It's time for the Lightning Round. Cramer makes the call on viewer favorites.
BOSTON, March 16- Bargain store chains are flooding into North American malls and shopping centers like never before, upstaging old mainstays like J.C. Penney and Sears that are reeling from the one-two punch of an ailing economy and competition from online stores.
U.S. stocks declined on Thursday, after the S&P 500 came less than four points from its record close.
March 13- Retailer Dollar General Corp reported lower-than-expected sales for the holiday quarter on Thursday, blaming weak consumer confidence among its low-income shoppers, cold weather and aggressive competition.
*Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as earlier gains spurred by better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market were offset by worries over Ukraine and the health of China's economy.
*Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second day of gains, following better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market, though worries about Ukraine and the health of China's economy curbed the advance.
Another day, another batch of weak data from China that fell short of market expectations.
U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a higher open on Thursday.
Dollar General follows Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp, Kohl's Corp and other retailers catering to lower-income shoppers in reporting weaker-than-expected sales for what analysts have called a particularly competitive holiday season.