Stocks J C Penney Company Inc

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    Big US retailers are expected to show a slight improvement in April sales on Wednesday, but Wall Street still expects signs of weakness.

  • Stocks declined as the market pendelum swung back the other way, sending oil prices to a new high and early cyclicals such as financials and retail lower. Yahoo plunged.

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    Retail has been one of the best sectors since the market bounce began in early March, rising about 14% during that time. Is it time to take some profits?

  • Wall Street has been busy figuring out where and when consumers will spend their rebate checks, even as the latest consumer sentiment numbers show U.S. consumers are more distressed than they've been since 1982.

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    Looking for a retail trade that could make the competition green with envy. Commander Planet to the rescue!

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    Corporate earnings put investors in a buying mood and sent the Dow soaring. What's the "Word on the Street?"

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    Retail companies are disclosing less data, and some investors are crying foul.

  • Stocks finished at their highs for the day Wednesday as investors cheered the latest round of earnings, which included Intel and JPMorgan.

  • Stocks rose sharply Wednesday as investors cheered the latest round of earnings, which included Intel and JPMorgan Chase.

  • Stocks rose sharply Wednesday as investors cheered the latest round of earnings, which included Intel and JPMorgan Chase.

  • U.S. stock index futures were higher on optimism triggered by Intel's positive outlook, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq showing strong gains, and two major banks posted results that were better than expected, casting some hope that battered financials may be turning the corner.

  • Now that we are starting to get into the heart of earnings season, the news is looking a little better (thank heavens!). Intel is a big help, but the financials are the key here. After what happened with GE and Wachovia.

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    Retail sales results were almost universally in the red in March--but--retail stock prices were trading in the green. Why? Many on Wall Street were prepared for the weakest sales results in 13 years and that is indeed what we got on Friday.

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    Retail analysts had been expecting weak sales in March, but an early Easter holiday, chilly weather and recession-wary consumers combined to deliver March sales that were even drearier than expected.

  • March retail same store sales were weak, outside of discounters. Remember companies and analysts have been aggressively taking down first quarter estimates for over a month (as well as same store sales), but companies like JC Penney, Target, Gap, Abercrombie, and Kohls were all notably below expectations on same store sales.

  • U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday after UPS projected an earnings shortfall and oil prices surged.

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  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Fannie Mae and Pier 1 popped while Clear Channel and Yamana Gold dropped.

  • For banks in need of capital, the time to act is "right now," says Cramer.

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    Starting up a clothing business during an economic downturn is a challenge. These days having experienced navigating the tumultuous foreign exchange, commodity markets and consumer spending obstacles is probably of more use than years spent in fashion design school!