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  • Wal-Mart, AIG Drag on Stocks Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower, clipped by a quartet of dismal news: a rise in jobless claims, oil's resurgence, Wal-Mart's sales miss and AIG's wider-than-expected loss.  But a better-than-expected report on home sales helped shave a few points off the decline.

  • Retailers Disappoint as Tax Check Money Runs Out Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:02 AM ET
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    Early July sales results from retailers have been disappointing, with many falling short of analyst estimates. It also appears that the benefit from tax rebate checks is beginning to wane.

  • Retails Sink As Jobless Claims Rise Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 9:31 AM ET

    Futures are down nearly 10 points, not surprising given AIG, a strange but generally disappointing retail sales report, and jobless claims higher than expected.

  • Will Back-To-School Be A Bust? July Sales To Set Tone Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 1:11 PM ET
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    Investors will get a glimpse of how much cash-strapped consumers are willing to spend in the key back-to-school shopping season when major U.S. retail chains release July sales results Thursday.

  • Pops & Drops: SunPower, J.C. Penney Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 6:31 PM ET

    Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of SunPower and Davita popped while Marriot and J.C. Penney dropped.

  • Retailers Post Strong Sales, Discounters Lead The Way Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
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    Retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores, are posting solid same-store sales growth in June, as expected, as seasonal weather and tax rebate checks helped get consumers to the store.

  • Oversold Bounce Or Real Bottom: Market Debate Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 9:21 AM ET

    Two weeks ago, I said I haven't seen the Street so bearish since just after 9/11. This morning Investors Intelligence reported that their Bull/Bear survey of financial newsletter writers fell to 27.4 percent bullish, the lowest reading since July 1994. Bears rose to 47.3 percent, the highest since 1995.

  • Weather, Tax Rebates Seen Aiding June Retail Sales Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 2:55 PM ET
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    U.S. retailers, led by the discounters, are expected to post slightly better June same- store sales this week, thanks to seasonal weather and rebate checks that have made their way to cash registers, mostly for basic items such as gasoline and food.

  • On the Bright Side, Shopping Bargains Abound Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | 4:04 AM ET
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    Anyone who has managed to forget about fuel prices long enough to enjoy a little retail therapy knows some steep discounts are available these days, the New York Times reported.

  • Sell Block: Retail Cannot Be Bought Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | 6:49 PM ET

    Until these companies start closing down stores, Cramer says sell, sell, sell.

  • Retailers Get Big Sales Boost From Rebate Checks Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 PM ET
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    Consumers stepped up their shopping in May after the tax rebate checks hit bank accounts, giving many of the nation's retailers a boost and helping them to top analyst estimates.

  • Pops & Drops: Humana, J.C. Penney... Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 6:41 PM ET

    Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Humana and Medtronic popped while DryShips and J.C. Penney dropped.

  • Stocks Close Mixed; Nasdaq Declines Monday, 19 May 2008 | 4:16 PM ET

    Stocks finished mixed as an early rally fizzled and weakness crept into techs, retail and housing.

  • For the week ending Friday, May 16, 2008, the U.S. Equity Markets ended the week up with all of the major indices up ~2% or more as stocks gained from M&A news, easing inflation worries, and strong earnings results.  Oil and gasoline continued to hit new record highs as the dollar declined against major currencies.

  • Dow Jumps 94; Nasdaq Up 1.5% Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 6:26 PM ET
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    The Dow made double digit gains Thursday as a battle to control Yahoo boosted the technology sector and a pullback in oil eased concerns about inflation. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • Stocks Rally to the Finish Line; Techs Lead Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 4:38 PM ET

    Stocks rallied for a second day Thursday as traders found cause for optimism and technology stocks blazed the trail.

  • Stop Trading!: If Buffet Likes Wind Power... Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 4:21 PM ET

    You should, too. Cramer offers his top picks for the sector.

  • Techs Lead Stocks Higher; Oil Recedes Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 2:42 PM ET

    Stocks bounced back from a weak open after a better-than-expected report on manufacturing.

  • Stocks Tick Higher; Yahoo, CNET Jump Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 11:17 AM ET

    Stocks bounced back from a weak open after a better-than-expected report on manufacturing.

  • JC Penney Profit Sinks 50%, But Shares Rise Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 9:20 AM ET
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    Retailer J.C. Penney reported a 50 percent drop in quarterly profit Thursday as weak demand forced it to cut prices to clear unsold merchandise, but the results were better than Wall Street expected.