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Stocks added to gains led by technology and retailers after a stronger-than-expected rise in business inventories and a gain in retail sales that was slightly better than expected. HP and Cisco rose, Boeing fell.
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The majority of the nation's largest retail chains are planning to hang up "Wanted" signs this holiday season as they either hold seasonal hiring steady compared with year-ago levels or increase the number of workers they are seeking, according to a recent study. But this finding isn't as encouraging as it may seem at first glance.
In the 2002-03 school season, Boise State made about $70,000 in gross royalties from merchandise. Last season, that number had increased ten fold to more than $700,000 after increased exposure from big time wins over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and over TCU in the 2010 version of the game.
Retailers turned in surprisingly strong monthly sales reports in August, as sales-tax-free holidays and discounting coaxed shoppers to open their wallets and stock up on back-to-school items.
August same-store sales better than expected. Maybe those tax-free sales days made a difference: 17 states had at least one tax-free weekend in August, up from 13 last year, including big states like Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts, and it looks like they made a difference.
Discounters and department stores are expected to fare well when retailers issue their monthly sales reports Thursday, as consumers look for one-stop shopping to stock up on school supplies and clothing. Which retailers are heading to the top of the class? A look at analysts' estimates.
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Stocks rebounded heading into the final hour of trading Wednesday, threatening to snap a four-day losing streak. The Dow was higher, finding firmer footing above 10,000.
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Talk about bucking the trends! Williams-Sonoma's profit blows past estimates, proving two things: Affluent consumers have money if they want to spend it, and retailers can coax them to spend if they have the right merchandise and the right message.
Plus, get calls on earnings and GM’s coming IPO.
Stocks slipped Friday in quiet summer trading as the closing bell neared after several reports on the economy did little to improve the mood of investors and the market continued on track to record its worst week since the week ending July 2.
With stocks closing lower 4 days in a row, is it time to surrender to the trend?
Stocks ended the week down sharply, with the major indexes down as much as 4 percent in the worst week for the markets since July 2. Retail drops.
U.S. stocks were lower Friday after several reports on the economy did little to change the overall picture for investors.
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A batch of consumer and inflation data could help determine how a wobbly stock market will finish out the week. Retail sales, consumer sentiment and the latest CPI are all being reported in the morning.
Stocks closed lower Thursday, continuing a losing streak amid light volume and continued worries over the state of the economy. Cisco skidded, Verizon rose.
Stocks continued a losing streak Thursday heading into the close, amid light volume and continued worries over the state of the economy triggered by the latest batch of economic data and comments from Cisco that customers are hestitant about a recovery. Cisco skidded, Verizon rose.