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  • Gap

    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 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.

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

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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.

  • 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.

  • Investors are struggling to figure out what’s next for stocks after the Dow made a triple digit advance Monday, only to erase the gains and more by the close.

  • Meg Whitman

    Meg Whitman, the billionaire GOP California gubernatorial candidate, invested in funds with Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital and Blackstone , according to an economic-interest disclosure report she filed with San Mateo County for March 2009-2010.

  • In the wake of lackluster same-store sales results, should you put any retailers on your radar?

  • Stocks eked out a gain after some late-session turbulence, led by techs. Energy stocks rebounded from the bottom of the pack to the No. 2 behind tech. Financials ended lower.

  • Stocks turned lower on Thursday, led by energy and financials, amid the strengthening dollar and a pair of credit downgrades on BP. Techs were among the best performers. 

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    U.S. retailers are increasingly looking outside U.S. borders for growth. Merchants such as Macy’s Bloomingdale’s chain are entering international markets for the first time. Others are accelerating expansion overseas, as in the Gap’s case, or testing the international waters via e-commerce sites, which is Nordstrom and J.C. Crew’s preferred route.

  • Stocks pared their gains Thursday after a report showed the services sector grew for a fifth straight month but wasn't a blowout number. Stocks had opened higher after a pair of encouraging employment reports.

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    Poor weather in early May and a still cautious consumer translated into a mixed bag for retailers in May, underscoring the fragile state of the economic recovery at this stage.

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

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    With women growing tired of their over-worn wardrobes and the economy slowly ticking higher, sales of fashion accessories rose 17 percent in the first quarter, after ending the year 10 percent lower in 2009, according to an industry study.

  • Any or all of these risks could put a hurtin’ on your stocks.

  • The Dow popped over 100 points in the final minutes of trading Friday after a yo-yo session — and a rocky week. Financials gained. Dell was among a handful of decliners.

  • Germany's parliament approved the $1 trillion effort to stabilize the euro, though the opposition Social Democrats voted to abstain. The German contribution will be about $183 billion, as well as a $22.4 billion euro contribution to Greece. The US Senate passage of their version of the financial reform bill still creating uncertainty...

  • US stock index futures pointed to little change at the open Friday, with European markets also struggling, following a drubbing in the previous session as the Dow saw its worst point loss in 15 months.