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  • Stocks Fall More Than 2% on Recovery Worries Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 | 4:55 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled Wednesday on light volume as investors lost confidence in the global economic recovery following the Federal Reserve's grimmer outlook and softening growth in China.

  • Stocks Head for Worst Close in Month Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 | 3:51 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled more than 250 points Wednesday amid light volume as investors continued to lose confidence in the strength of the global economy in the wake of the Federal Reserve's dimmer outlook and a decline in China's domestic economy.

  • On Thursday our traders were attempting to gauge the ripple effect, after Russia said it would temporarily halt grain exports.

  • Stocks Slide After Jump in Jobless Claims Thursday, 5 Aug 2010 | 11:33 AM ET

    Stocks skidded Thursday after a report showed an unexpected rise in jobless claims last week. Retailers were mixed as chain-store sales showed only a slight improvement from last summer's anemic levels.

  • Can Back-to-School Shoppers Give July Sales a Boost? Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 3:24 PM ET
    Shoppers

    The latest reads on consumer confidence and personal spending have provided little encouragement that shoppers are starting to spend again. However, July marks the start of back-to-school shopping, and since parents have to buy clothing for their growing children, it may give a much-needed boost to retail sales.

  • Retailers' Big Test: Picking the Right Price Monday, 2 Aug 2010 | 3:39 PM ET
    Back To School

    As summer comes to an end and students go back to school, the retail industry is preparing for its first big test of the fall semester—picking the right price.

  • Uniforms Making the Grade at More Schools Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 2:16 PM ET
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    Back-to-school fashion is getting a makeover as more school districts adopt uniform dress codes.

  • Dow Logs 4th Straight Gain, Led by DuPont Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 5:14 PM ET

    The Dow pulled off its fourth-straight gain, led by DuPont after better-than-expected earnings from the chemicals maker. But the gain was more modest than in recent sessions as a drop in consumer confidence tempered investors' enthusiasm. Financials rose, while energy and consumer-discretionary stocks were among the weakest links.

  • Stocks Struggle as Energy Slides, DuPont Gains Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 1:58 PM ET

    Stocks struggled Tuesday as worries about a drop in consumer confidence offset better-than-expected result from DuPont. Energy and consumer discretionary were among the weakest sectors.

  • Stocks Turn Lower as Confidence Sours Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 11:33 AM ET

    Stocks turned lower Tuesday as worries about a drop in consumer confidence offset better-than-expected result from DuPont.

  • 15 Companies with Zero Debt - Q2 2010 Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 11:42 AM ET
    Throughout the financial crisis, large debt loads weighed on company balance sheets and had serious implications for firms that let their borrowing get out of control. Other companies, however, have a history of operating with low debt levels, and many choose to issue no debt at all. Instead of debt, these companies hold cash and liquid investments in order to make acquisitions, investments and to run daily operations. Although too much debt can quickly turn into a problem, zero debt does not al

    Some companies have a history of operating with low debt levels, and many choose to issue no debt at all. Here are 15 companies with zero debt as of Q2 2010.

  • Apple Wows; Presents Slew Of Tech Opportunities Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 5:12 PM ET

    Shares of Apple popped in extended trade Tuesday as investors cheered the company’s latest results. How should you trade in Apple's wake?

  • The Generals Who Ended Goldman Sachs' War Saturday, 17 Jul 2010 | 8:23 PM ET
    Demonstrators from Code Pink for Peace hold photographs of Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group, and demand he be jailed with other executives before a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill.

    The final terms of Goldman Sachs' settlement with the SEC were hashed out over the telephone. On one end, Gregory K. Palm, Goldman’s general counsel. On the other end, the S.E.C.’s director of enforcement, Robert Khuzami.

  • Can Tesla Be the ‘Apple’ of Autos? Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 10:33 AM ET
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    I think hiring Blankenship was a smart move by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Blankenship has worked at Gap and Apple , two companies with retail stores customers wanted to visit. Granted getting someone into a store to check out clothes or an iPod is far different from checking out a new car. Or is it?

  • Kaminsky's Call: The Gap Stock, Out of Fashion? Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 9:45 AM ET
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    The question facing investors now? Were The Gap's disappointing numbers a one-time occurrence (and maybe a buying opportunity), or the start of a disturbing trend?

  • Apple Store

    With a new flagship showroom about to open, the company is striving to overcome price disadvantages and an underground market, to grab a bigger share of China’s fast-growing consumer electronics business.  The NYT reports.

  • Stocks Extend Winning Streak; Dow Jumps 1.2% Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 6:54 PM ET

    Stocks extended their winning streak for a third straight session Thursday, helped by a late round of buying in consumer staples and materials. Bank and tech stocks remained the day's weakest links.

  • July 8: Unusual Volume Leaders Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 2:52 PM ET

    What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Retail Results Mixed as Consumers Hunt Bargains Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 11:08 AM ET
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    Warm weather and sales tied to the Memorial Day and Father's Day holidays helped drive shoppers to stores in June, but the heavy discounting may have hurt retail profits.

  • Retail Numbers No Game Changer Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 10:54 AM ET

    June retail sales report: better than most expected, but not a game changer. Numbers were good for the most part, but not enough to change anyone's opinion. The back half remains murky due to the macro data, which right now does not support a robust recovery.