Stocks J C Penney Company Inc

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    Short interest in Teradyne and R.R. Donnelley & Sons increased 34 percent and 16 percent, respectively, in the past month, with more than 10 percent of their float sold short.

  • Target Corp. employees restock merchandise while customers shop at a Super Target store in Denver, Colorado.

    Black Friday has historically been regarded as the day when retailers move from a loss into profit for the year. While the explanation no longer holds much relevance, this year the day after Thanksgiving could be critical for several major retailers.

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    Forget about the newspaper circular. If consumers are looking for Black Friday deals, chances are, they'll look where they spend a ton of time: Facebook. This year more than ever Facebook is a key tool for retailers to connect with shoppers. And this year big brands aren't just trying to get fans to buy, they're trying to spread their message to fans *friends* -- to leverage the site for the power of its networks.

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    As shoppers hunt down bargains and gift ideas for the holidays, it will be hard for some to remember a time when they couldn’t pull out their smartphone and hunt down a store location, compare a product’s price, or scan customer reviews.

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    Retailers are counting on shoppers to return to an old holiday tradition: buying gifts for themselves.

  • Sears

    Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of the announcement that Kmart would merge with Sears spacer. And as if like clockwork, it was yet another disappointing quarter, with management reminding us that it “not satisfied” with the results.

  • Stocks came off their worst levels Monday, but still ended lower in extremely thin trading as investors remained nervous that the euro zone's debt problems may spread to other regions.

  • New management team could improve results for apparel retailer in 2012, expert says.

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    Maybe it should not come as a surprise that consumers are pulling back just in time for the holidays

  • US stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street Monday following the resignation at the weekend of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the swearing in of former European Commissioner Mario Monti as Italian premier.

  • Find out what earnings reports and other events are in the “Mad Money” host’s “Game Plan.”

  • New Yorkers make their way through falling snow in New York, October 29, 2011. New York has been hit by snowfall before Halloween for only the fourth time since the US Civil War. (1861-1865)

    To all those who are still digging out from the deadly and massive “Snowtober” storm, some good news: The odds are good that there won’t be a “Snowvember” or “Snowcember.”

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    The revelation of a marketing firm that claimed to be paying writers at high-profile online outlets to insert links to its client websites has dredged up old concerns about the ethical nature of some bloggers.

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    Short interest in United States Steel is up 19 percent since late September, with one-fifth of the company's float sold short. In the past seven months, US Steel stock is down 65 percent.

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    Liz Claiborne needed to be refocused, even at the cost of selling its namesake clothing line, CEO William McComb told CNBC Friday.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

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    Could it be that Apple retail chief Ron Johnson’s departure for J.C. Penney spacer was steeped as much in a peak in the performance of Apple stores as much as the opportunity he sees at the department store chain? Herb Greenberg reports.

  • Renown value investor Whitney Tilson on Tuesday laid out his best value plays.

  • Tilson's Top Trades

    Whitney Tilson, T2 Partners, lays out some of his best ideas from the Value Investing Congress.

  • Stocks lost steam in the final hour of trading Wednesday after a report that European banks may shrink to meet higher reserve targets and news that real Chinese copper demand may be lower than initially thought, but still finished higher amid optimism that Slovakian politicians reached an agreement to approve the EFSF expansion.