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Thursday's market activity was headlined by bad news, but rose despite a jump in jobless claims, a dip in retail sales and a new report showing a 7% increase in foreclosures.
The economy's bumpy progress is giving the stock market more reason to pause, but the bulls are hanging on for the time being.
Plus, get calls on the banks, retail and more.
Plenty more retail earnings and commentary ahead. Just don't expect a lot of gushy, positive comments--there's little incentive to do so.
The markets are marginally higher during intraday trading, despite a jump in jobless claims, a dip in retail sales and a new report showing a 7% increase in foreclosures.
The Mad Money host says we should feel confident in this recovery. Here’s why.
Wall Street's bull could take a breather in the week ahead, but the trend for stocks remains higher, for now.
Also, Cramer reiterates why you should be a buyer of Citigroup before Sept 10th.
Retailers are managing their business better, even though consumers are still conserving cash— and investors are taking notice.
Cramer says that now is the time to buy “insurance” for your portfolio in the form of gold stocks.
Retailers reported disappointing sales in July, a sign that consumers are continuing to watch their spending carefully and hunting for the best bargains.
The hope is that we will see some back to school lift, but Labor Day is the latest possible date this year. There are a lot of tax-free holidays in August, particularly in the South, that may help.
Analysts are expecting a late start to the back-to-school shopping season, and that means that retail sales reports for July, which are due out Thursday morning, will likely be weak.
Plus, Cramer makes the call on retail, commodities, video games and more.
The U.S. economy contracted at a slower-than-expected pace in the second quarter according to the GDP data on Friday, but a sharp drop in consumer spending fanned fears that recovery would be sluggish. Economists Dick Berner at Morgan Stanley and Robert Barbera of ITG told investors what to expect for the following quarter.
The recession has hit a trough and we're past the worst month, said David Kelly, chief market strategist at JPMorgan Funds.
Stocks gained after it was reported that US Q2 GDP shrank less than expected and news that the Obama administration isn't suspending its "cash for clunkers" program. In the meantime, a Chicago group said manufacturing activity had picked up in the region in July, and in fact, was its best reading since September. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...
Some investors remain skeptical about the market rally despite its strong performance in the last few weeks. Anthony Chan, chief economist at JP Morgan’s Private Wealth Management and Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist at Key Private Bank told investors why they should still be investing in equities.
After a century in the business, JC Penney finally made its move to Manhattan with the grand opening of a three story store in Herald Square today. While other big retailers like Macy's and Bloomingdales have been hit by the recession, Penney is relying on the struggling economy to generate its success.
Until last fall we were a nation that shopped until we dropped. Will back-to-school shopping season be a catalyst to get shoppers off the sidelines? An annual survey released today by Deloitte suggests the answer is yes.