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  • Zhang Yin, CEO of Nine Dragons Paper, is world's richest woman according to the Hurun report.

    More than half the world’s richest self-made women are Chinese, thanks in large part to Mao and cheap childcare, according to the Hurun Report, which compiles information on the wealthiest Chinese.

  • Stocks ended mixed after a volatile session as investors cautiously anticipated  monthly jobs data and third-quarter earnings reports. Alcoa and Verizon fell, while GE and DuPont rose.

  • Stocks were modestly lower ahead of the closing bell, ending a volatile session marked by a handful of encouraging economic reports, a rising dollar, and investor caution ahead of quarterly earnings reports and monthly jobs data. Verizon and Alcoa fell, while GE rose.

  • Stocks were mixed Thursday as the Dow backed off after nearing striking distance of 11,000 for the first time since May.  Pfizer and GE rose, while AT&T fell.

  • Woman shopping

    A late burst of back-to-school shopping helped many U.S. retail chains to top analysts' estimates in September.

  • September same store sales are in, and the vast majority have to be pleasantly surprised... How surprised? Overall, September same store sales are up 2.7 percent, versus expectations of 2.3 percent, according to RetailMetrics.

  • Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Thursday and gold powered ahead as investors remained cautious at the start of earnings season, which kicks off after the bell with numbers from Alcoa.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Woman shopping for clothing

    A late burst of back-to-school shopping will likely help sales at U.S. retail chains in September, according to the latest analyst forecasts.

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    Retail sales continued to grow in September at a pace that was roughly equal to that in August, providing some reassurance that consumers are continuing to spend, albeit in a cautious manner, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • President Barack Obama

    Intending to talk about colleges and worker training, President Barack Obama on Monday suddenly found himself in a spirited, election-year debate with a business advisory group about whose tax cuts should be extended and for how long.

  • It seems and 2010 is no exception, as the day serves as a great excuse for children and adults alike to take a brief escape from reality. More adults than ever before are planning to get dressed up this year, with an estimated four out of every 10 Americans dressing up for the holiday, according to a National Retail Federation survey.Click ahead to see some of the trendiest costumes for 2010.

    More adults than ever before are planning to get dressed up this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey. Click to see some of the trendiest costumes for 2010.

  • A model walks the runway at the G-Star Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

    Tough economic times not only hamper denim sales, the climate also hurts creativity.Fashion designers showing their Spring 2011 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week clearly want to push consumers toward a wider pant leg and higher waistline, but shoppers may not be willing to part with the skinny jean, and the even tighter "jegging" just yet.

  • Stocks extended a September rally by breaking through a long-held trading range to hit four-month highs a day before the Federal Open Market Committee meets.   AmEx rose while Cisco fell.

  • Stocks continued to add to gains Monday in a broad-based rally that pushed stocks to new levels, although trading volume remained thin.   AmEx rose while Cisco fell.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Tuesday's Squawk on the Street.

  • General atmosphere at the Burberry shop, during the Milan Vogue Fashion Night Out

    Fashion's Night Out began last year as the brainchid of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who felt that stores could coax recession-wary shoppers to spend if they created unique events and excitement. There will be no shortage of that. Retailers and designers are pulling out the stops to woo fashionistas to their events and build buzz around their brands. But will the strategy work?

  • The Boise State Broncos flag is run after a touchdown against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

    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.

  • Mark Hurd

    Hurd is 53, in his prime, and likely more energized than ever to show his worth. He has experience running a software operation in Teradata. My "Call-to-Action" is clear: watch Oracle carefully in the coming months for potential upswings after this hire.

  • Stocks closed higher for the fourth straight session Friday after a better-than-expected jobs report gave investors another reason to think the U.S. economy is beginning to turn around. JP Morgan rose.