Here's what's moving Thursday midday:
A change at the top of Microsoft, two companies that will go private, the two top NFL teams by year end and more predictions.
JC Penney sales were down 23 percent in Q3, and the Fast Money traders discuss how to play the stock's dive; and Tom Stemberg, Highland Consumer Fund, weighs in.
Bill Ackman says Ron Johnson is transforming the old JC Penney into a "new JCP." CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin explains.
Dana Telsey, Telsey Advisory Group CEO, weighs in on Bill Ackman's defense of JC Penney, and provides an outlook on this year's holiday shopping season.
Activist investor and Pershing Square Capital CEO, William Ackman explains why he is giving the retail company several years to turnaround, despite its recent sales plunge.
JC Penney is banking on a new strategy of low prices and no coupons; however the company sent mail with a coupon. Rick Snyder, Maxim Group retail specialist, and CNBC's Herb Greenberg, weigh in.
Shares of JC Penney are tumbling more than 4 percent today after a huge earnings miss, and Apple shares, though up today, entered bear market territory this week. Steve Cortes, Veracruz LLC founder and Enis Taner, RiskReversal.com, weigh in.
CNBC's Herb Greenberg and Jim Cramer discuss JC Penney's disappointing earnings; and Liz Dunn, Macquarie Capital senior analyst, explains why she has an outperform rating on the stock.
Shares of JC Penney are taking a hit after reporting a quarterly loss of $0.93 per share compared to estimates for a $0.07 loss. Matthew Boss, JPMorgan retail analyst, offers insight.
The "Squawk on the Street" news crew report on today's market-moving stories, including a check on earnings for JC Penney, Disney, and Groupon.
Brian Nagel, Oppenheimer & Co., breaks down the retailer's third quarter numbers.
Nov 2- Clothing company Ralph Lauren Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday as revenue held up despite growing anxiety about luxury sales. Without the impact of store closings in China and the discontinuation of Ralph Lauren's low-priced American Living brand, revenue would have risen 3 percent, the company said.
Nov 2- Ralph Lauren Corp on Friday reported lower quarterly earnings and reduced its full-year sales forecast because of its ongoing closures of locations in China and the discontinuation of its American Living brand, warning that the global economy is still threatening demand for its fashion items.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday replaced the heads of its software and retail units in the company's most sweeping executive shake-up in a decade following embarrassing problems with its new mapping program and unpopular store-related decisions.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its iPhone software chief and its head of retail would leave, a major executive shake-up that follows embarrassing problems with the company's new mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.
NEW YORK-- Procter& Gamble's fiscal first quarter net income fell 7 percent on a stronger dollar and costs related to restructuring, but its results beat Wall Street expectations in a sign that a turnaround plan that it started in the spring is beginning to work.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Shares of clothing maker Hanesbrands Inc. fell Wednesday as investors digested a conservative profit outlook that was below what analysts had expected. During a conference call with investors late Tuesday, Rich Noll CEO said that Penney was a "big drag" on sales, particularly in bras and other underwear.
J.C. Penney Co. said Tuesday that for the entire month of November families can have a portrait done for free. The free portrait service is available at 530 Penney stores that have portrait studios. Penney operates more than 1,100 stores.