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  • Retail sales disappoint, but some bright spots. May retail sales reports, down 1.2 percent versus consensus of 0.2 percent, were clearly a disappointment. Here's the breakdown.

  • Stocks ended lower Wednesday as Washington ramped up reform in the health care and financial sectors and as the Fed's beige-book report showed the economy is improving but not at a fast enough pace to spur hiring.

  • It's Investor Day at the NYSE, stock up 1.8 percent, near a four month high. Richard Repetto from Sandler O'Neill, who is the best analyst in this space, told me that the stock was advancing on two pieces of information...

  • Greece is finally publishing a (somewhat) clear plan to reduce their deficit, half with tax hikes, half with spending cuts. Elsewhere: Mixed results from retailers, particularly the warehouse clubs.

  • Stocks advanced Wednesday as reports on the services sector and jobs came in better than expected.

  • Lowe's reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Monday and said sales would improve in 2010 as demand for remodeling projects picks up. Rival Home Depot is expected to announce earnings on Tuesday before the bell. Should investors buy Home Depot’s stock ahead of the report?

  • September retail sales: improving, but is it enough? September same store sales, out tomorrow, are expected to decline by 0.8 percent year over year, according to RetailMetrics.

  • With market-moving news happening late in the trading day, has the opportunity passed to make profitable plays on Fed announcements and treasury auctions?

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Just to be clear: This ain't no stock-picking show. It's about education.

  • Who says the two are mutually exclusive? Here's our take on how the next nine months could play out.

  • He's never done it before, but this one is worth it, he says.

  • Don't let volatility scare you out of this market. There are opportunities to be had.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Staples and Honda popped while Nokia and ConAgra dropped.

  • Q: On Fast Money’s trader radar we look at the stock that was lighting up screens across Wall Street. Named after a Revolutionary War hero, this company revolutionized the way to sell furniture with its real-life showroom settings. But a bleak earnings outlook had many investors rethinking today whether the shares have the right look for their portfolios.

  • Oil continues to trend downward, and airlines are again among the most actively traded pre-open (I noted yesterday that oil is down 27 percent since its July highs but the S&P 500 is only up about 5 percent since its July lows);

  • Store for lease

    Driving around Southern California’s Ventura and Los Angeles counties, we saw many of those boarded up stores or “for lease” signs in small businesses. In Oxnard, California the local retail organization told me that these areas are getting “redeveloped” but store owners were much less optimistic.

  • Sears Holdings on Tuesday forecast lower quarterly profit and said it needs to better control its costs and stock more items that its shoppers demand, sending shares down more than 8.7%.

  • Furniture maker and retailer Ethan Allen Interiors  forecast quarterly earnings below analysts' expectations on Monday, citing a challenging economic environment for home furnishings retail.