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  • Techs, Financials Lead Rally; HP Skids Monday, 12 May 2008 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks started the week off higher, led by financials and technology stocks. RIMM and MBIA rose, while HP declined.

  • Stocks Advance; MBIA, RIMM Jump Monday, 12 May 2008 | 2:22 PM ET

    Stocks started the week off higher as the dollar rose to a two-month high and oil receded. MBIA bounced despite reporting an astouding quarterly loss.

  • Week Ahead: Will Stocks be Boiled in Oil? Friday, 9 May 2008 | 7:14 PM ET

    Wall Street is increasingly worried that bubbling over oil prices will scald the economy and the stock market. That's just one concern for traders in the week ahead which also has inflation data, retail sales and housing numbers. There are also earnings reports, TV networks' upfronts for advertisers, and plenty of Fed, Fed, Fed.

  • Consumers Feel Pinched, But Market Isn’t Worried Friday, 9 May 2008 | 4:45 PM ET
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    If energy and food prices continue to surge, consumers aren't going to be able to keep up, which would have a huge impact on the economy -- and stocks.  Still,  the market doesn't seem worried.

  • In Retail, Everything Must Go Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 3:27 PM ET

    Well, there is at least one stock worth keeping. Find out which company Cramer blessed.

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    L.L. Cool J put it best: “Don’t call it a comeback!” While the 80s/90s rapper is far from a retail analyst (he does have his only clothing line though), the idea best describes what I took away from same store sales results for the month of April.

  • Retail Sales Surge in April, but Shoppers Still Wary Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 1:41 PM ET
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    Many US retailers posted better-than-expected sales in April. However, with most consumers sticking to bargains or basics, don't expect an extended rebound in retail.

  • Retail Sales Surge in April, but Shoppers Still Wary Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 10:44 AM ET
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    Many US retailers posted better-than-expected sales in April. However, with most consumers sticking to bargains or basics, don't expect an extended rebound in retail.

  • As expected, the ECB and the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged; the ECB at 4.0 percent. Futures dipped a bit at 8:50 am ET as Mr. Trichet began talking, giving his usual speech on the importance of combating inflation.

  • Financials Lead Stock Sell-Off; Oil Tops $123 Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 4:47 PM ET

    Stocks declined as soaring oil prices triggered concerns about inflation and consumer spending.

  • Wind In Their Sales? Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    Ahead of same-store sales Thursday, we can’t help but wonder if those stimulus checks mean better times are on the horizon for retail?

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    Big US retailers are expected to show a slight improvement in April sales on Wednesday, but Wall Street still expects signs of weakness.

  • Stocks Falter as Oil Rises; Yahoo Plunges Monday, 5 May 2008 | 4:26 PM ET

    Stocks declined as the market pendelum swung back the other way, sending oil prices to a new high and early cyclicals such as financials and retail lower. Yahoo plunged.

  • Protecting Profits Friday, 2 May 2008 | 4:54 PM ET
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    Retail has been one of the best sectors since the market bounce began in early March, rising about 14% during that time. Is it time to take some profits?

  • Wall Street has been busy figuring out where and when consumers will spend their rebate checks, even as the latest consumer sentiment numbers show U.S. consumers are more distressed than they've been since 1982.

  • Commander Planet: Retail Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 6:56 PM ET
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    Looking for a retail trade that could make the competition green with envy. Commander Planet to the rescue!

  • Best Week In Two Months Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 6:17 PM ET
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    Corporate earnings put investors in a buying mood and sent the Dow soaring. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • Retailers Get Stingy With Data Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 9:45 AM ET
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    Retail companies are disclosing less data, and some investors are crying foul.

  • Stocks Rally to the End; Intel Powers Techs Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 4:53 PM ET

    Stocks finished at their highs for the day Wednesday as investors cheered the latest round of earnings, which included Intel and JPMorgan.

  • Stocks Rebound After 'Beige' Mood Swing Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 3:08 PM ET

    Stocks rose sharply Wednesday as investors cheered the latest round of earnings, which included Intel and JPMorgan Chase.