Stocks J C Penney Company Inc

  • Stocks ended sharply higher as the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new multi-year highs, easily erasing losses from Friday's sharp sell-off on turmoil in Egypt as investors focused on upbeat earnings and economic news.

  • Stocks added to solid gains on Tuesday, pushing the Dow and S&P 500 to multi-year highs, as the market easily erased losses from Friday's sharp sell-off in the wake of turmoil in Egypt as investors focused on upbeat earnings and economic news. Pfizer and Alcoa rose, while P&G fell.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Tuesday's Squawk on the Street.

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    Stocks closed higher with the Dow finishing 20 points shy of 12,000 on the strength of materials and tech stocks and as investors awaited a handful of major earnings later this week. Alcoa and IBM rose, while BofA fell.

  • Davos 2011 - See Complete Coverage

    Stocks trimmed gains, but remained significantly higher, as techs and materials lifted the market as investors awaited a handful of major earnings from the sector later this week. Alcoa and IBM rose, while BofA fell.

  • Silver coin sales have been on a tear in recent months and can be used as an economic indicator to show a lack of confidence in the U.S. monetary policy, said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx.

  • Stocks extended modest gains as tech stocks rose and lifted the Nasdaq for the first time in several sessions. Alcoa and IBM rose, while BofA fell.

  • Also: Radio Shack down over 10%. CEO Julian Day plans to retire as chairman, chief executive officer around May 16, 2011, on or about the scheduled shareholders meeting. And  Rock Tenn will buy packing from Smurfit Stone Container.

  • U.S. stock futures traded flat to slightly higher at the start of a week featuring dozens of major earnings reports, as well as a Federal Reserve statement and a slew of macroeconomic data.

  • J.C. Penney

    J.C. Penney plans to give board seats to the hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management and Vornado Realty Trust, months after the two investors purchased big stakes in the retailer, people with direct knowledge of the matter told DealBook on Sunday, the New York Times reports.

  • Retail stocks were on the trader radar, after Dillard’s hit a 52-week high, on news that the store planned to form a REIT subsidiary.

  • Department store shares up big on a down day. Dillards has said they are forming a REIT subsidiary. Why do this? Because for some retailers, the value is not in the brand or the merchandise, or the CEO vision — it's in the real estate.

  • We’ve updated this post with even more trades from the Fast Money gang.

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    While much of the market was focused on weakness in the Dow and S&P 500, the Fast traders were very impressed by gains in the semiconductor space.

  • Deborah Weinswig, a top retail analyst at Citigroup, reveals which stocks are worth looking at on this pullback.

  • Despite those strong sales gains, why aren’t their stocks moving much to the upside?

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    Retail is a 'lead indictor for the S&P' and the broader market,  David Berman,  president of the retail-based hedge fund Durban Capital, told CNBC on Wednesday.  'Everyone gets excited about department stores, the problem is that they are really on a long-term death spiral.'

  • Shoppers stop to look at the newly decorated Christmas floor at KADEWE department store in Berlin, Germany.

    Heading into Thursday's batch of retail sales reports, expectations are high that retailers will report their strongest sales in four years. However, as BJ's Wholesale's report showed Wednesday, there are sure to be some misses here and there.

  • William Ackman

    Bill Ackman, the activist investor whose Pershing Square Capital took a 16.5 percent ownership stake in J.C. Penney last fall, has not been pushing JCP to broadly pursue a transaction to create value, but rather has been engaged with the company in conversations about how it can improve its operations, according to sources.

  • A pedestrian walks by an Old Navy store in Chicago, Illinois.

    A new report from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which estimates sales across all payment forms, shows strong sales growth in December for apparel and high-end items, including jewelry. Online sales were also very strong, perhaps helped by wet weather in West and a post-Christmas blizzard in the Northeast.