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  • Retails Sink As Jobless Claims Rise Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 9:31 AM ET

    Futures are down nearly 10 points, not surprising given AIG, a strange but generally disappointing retail sales report, and jobless claims higher than expected.

  • Will Back-To-School Be A Bust? July Sales To Set Tone Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 1:11 PM ET

    Investors will get a glimpse of how much cash-strapped consumers are willing to spend in the key back-to-school shopping season when major U.S. retail chains release July sales results Thursday.

  • Steve & Barry's: So What IS Next For Them? Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 8:59 AM ET

    The most troubling aspect of the business is that they don’t own the intellectual property of many of the brands they made their name on and have lost some of the licensing contracts that once generated so much business for them.

  • Steve & Barry's Filing May Lead to Liquidation: WSJ Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 3:01 AM ET

    U.S. apparel chain Steve & Barry's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week is likely to lead to its liquidation, The Wall Street Journal said on Monday citing people involved in the case.

  • Is Retail Really All Bad? Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 4:01 PM ET

    Shoppers, enticed by heavy discounts and armed with rebate checks, spent freely in June...

  • Retailers Post Strong Sales, Discounters Lead The Way Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    Red shopping Carts in a row.

    Retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores, are posting solid same-store sales growth in June, as expected, as seasonal weather and tax rebate checks helped get consumers to the store.

  • Two pieces of positive news this morning: 1) Wal-Mart sales better than expected and raising guidance, and 2) Dow Chemicalspacer buying Rohm and Haas. Jobless claims lower than expected is also a help.

  • Weather, Tax Rebates Seen Aiding June Retail Sales Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 2:55 PM ET
    Shoppers in a toy aisle at a Target store.

    U.S. retailers, led by the discounters, are expected to post slightly better June same- store sales this week, thanks to seasonal weather and rebate checks that have made their way to cash registers, mostly for basic items such as gasoline and food.

  • U.S. store closings and cutbacks turned the second quarter into the worst for strip mall owners in 30 years, as budget-conscious consumers flocked to low-cost warehouse-style grocery centers.

  • Dow at 3-Month Low as Oil Fuels Inflation Jitters Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 5:07 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled Wednesday as oil's resurgence lit the fuse of inflation fears, pushing the Dow to a three-month low.  Oil jumped about $5 a barrel, settling at $136.38. Financials were the hardest hit.

  • Stocks Slide as Oil's Surge Escalates Inflation Jitters Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 2:52 PM ET

    Stocks fell sharply as oil's resurgence fanned inflation fears and a downgrade on Alcoa dragged on the Dow. Oil jumped about $6.

  • Europe Preview: Don't Count Out Inditex Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 3:15 PM ET

    The consumer across the world is under considerable pressure. Record oil prices, the credit crunch and inflationary pressures all appear to be taking their toll on people’s willingness to spend. We got some better data from the UK on Tuesday, but the trend across Europe has been weak since the turn of the year, and many of the big players are beginning to become very worried.

  • Retailers Get Big Sales Boost From Rebate Checks Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 PM ET

    Consumers stepped up their shopping in May after the tax rebate checks hit bank accounts, giving many of the nation's retailers a boost and helping them to top analyst estimates.

  • Market Insider: Friday Look Ahead Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 8:51 PM ET

    Stocks could close out the month of May with a tailwind, particularly if the commodities sell off continues.

  • Oil Prices Snag Stocks' Two-Month Rally Friday, 23 May 2008 | 5:20 PM ET

    Oil's relentless ascent finally pushed stocks over the edge, abruptly snapping the market's two-month rally.  The Dow dropped 3.9% for the week, dragged down by GM's 15% decline. Crude jumped $6 this week, settling at $132.19 a barrel. All U.S. financial markets are closed Monday.

  • Dow Down Nearly 4% for Week as GM Drags Friday, 23 May 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    Stocks declined as a slightly-better-than-expected report on U.S. home sales offered a brief reprieve but proved no match for relentless oil prices.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq were on track to record their worst weekly percentage declines since mid-February.

  • Stocks Set for Worst Week Since February Friday, 23 May 2008 | 2:40 PM ET

    Stocks pared some losses after a slightly better-than-expected report on U.S. home sales. Oil climbed above $133 a barrel.

  • Trader Radar - Friday May 23rd Friday, 23 May 2008 | 1:48 PM ET

    Q: On Fast Money’s trader radar we look at the stock that was lighting up screens across Wall Street. Celebs ranging from Amy Poehler to John Mayer have all sported the brands of this San Francisco based company. It's got the whole retail spectrum covered with its Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. Still, despite better than expected earnings, investors weren't quite ready to `jump in' to the stock. Who is it?

  • Oil Clamps Down on Stocks; BUD Pops Friday, 23 May 2008 | 12:09 PM ET

    Stocks pared some losses after a slightly better-than-expected report on U.S. home sales. Oil climbed above $133 a barrel.

  • Market Insider: Friday Look Ahead Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 9:43 PM ET

    Traders are hoping for a quiet end to the week, ahead of Monday's Memorial Day holiday. They say, though, a lot will depend on what happens with April's existing home sales data, released at 10 a.m., and the price of oil.