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    Back-to-school fashion is getting a makeover as more school districts adopt uniform dress codes.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Tesla

    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?

  • 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.