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Next week expect to hear more from Home Depot. Will they reveal an up-tick in sales as Americans venture no farther than their own backyards?
Retailer Sears Holdings reported an unexpected first-quarter loss Thursday as sales fell at its Kmart and Sears stores and markdowns hurt margins, sending its shares down about 4 percent before the opening bell.
On Wednesday a sharp gain in U.S. business investment offset renewed credit market jitters and oil rebounded to over $131 a barrel. What's the "Word on the Street?"
In Tuesday’s Web Extra find out how to play the steep decline in home prices. Also could this be a summer of private equity deal making?
With surging gasoline prices Americans are going for comfort rather than extravagant. Find out how you might trade the trend from CNBC trend titan Donny Deutsch!
Stocks closed with solid gains, led by technology companies such as Apple, as investors bet that a sharp drop in crude oil prices will help shore up consumer and business spending on tech gear.
Shares of home improvement retailers Home Depot and Lowe's are good long-term bets given an eventual recovery in the U.S. housing market, an article in the May 26 edition of Barron's said.
Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Foot Locker and Coca-Cola popped while Home Depot and Moody's dropped.
Driving around Southern California’s Ventura and Los Angeles counties, we saw many of those boarded up stores or “for lease” signs in small businesses. In Oxnard, California the local retail organization told me that these areas are getting “redeveloped” but store owners were much less optimistic.
It's a booyah-free zone. There goes Swifty!
As crude oil went higher stocks went lower Tuesday. What's the "Word on the Street?"
Stocks finished near session lows as oil prices soared and a measure of wholesale inflation surged, sparking worries that the Federal Reserve will start focusing on rising prices rather than slowing growth.
Just when it looked like stocks were about to break through a wall, they appear to have slipped on a road covered with oil.
Stocks tumbled Tuesday as oil prices blew past $129 a barrel and a measure of wholesale inflation surged, sparking worries that the Federal Reserve will start focusing on rising prices rather than slowing growth.
The retail issues are not surprising; we heard Lowe's talking cautiously yesterday, now Home Depot is guiding toward the low end of its previous guidance. Bottom line: the retail turnaround is less certain, and further out.
Few, if any, signs of improvement here. Saks and Staples expect the U.S. economy to remain weak for the rest of 2008.
Home Depot said quarterly profit fell 66 percent as the U.S. housing meltdown hurt sales and it took a charge to close stores and curb expansion plans.
Stocks tumbled Tuesday after a measure of wholesale inflation rose more than expected, sparking worries that the Federal Reserve will start focusing on rising prices rather than slowing growth.
Futures dropped a bit as core PPI for April was a stronger than expected. Elsewhere: 1) Home Depot beat estimates, reporting earnings of $0.41 (14 percent below last year's $0.48), vs. consensus estimates of $0.37. Despite the apparent beat, the stock is down 3 percent:
Wall Street is on inflation watch Tuesday. In fact, it is beginning to be on inflation watch everyday. The producer price index, the measure of inflation at the producer level, is released at 8:30 a.m. and is the only item on the economic calendar for Tuesday.