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  • Scrooge Hasn’t Left the Building Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 12:00 PM ET
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    This holiday season is setting up to be a real nail biter. Most holiday forecasts call for flat or just slightly higher sales than last year. But several factors may tip the scale. On the plus-side: there is a more upbeat mood among affluent consumers as well as a strong appetite for gadgets and electronics. On the downside: there is an uncertain economy, with unemployment stubbornly high, and a consumer who looks at spending quite differently than in the past. What will shift the balance?

  • Stocks Gave up Gains to End Mixed; Disney Falls Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 4:41 PM ET

    Stocks fell in the last few minutes of trading Monday to close mixed despite being higher most of the day after an upbeat retail sales report, and news that firms were beginning to spend cash on acquisitions. Caterpillar rose, Disney fell.

  • Earnings Roundup: Nov. 15 Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 4:27 PM ET
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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Monday, Nov. 15

  • Market Turns Lower, Led by Materials, Energy Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 4:12 PM ET

    Stocks fell on Monday as investors recouped from last week's selloff to focus on an upbeat retail sales report, and news that firms were beginning to spend cash on acquisitions. Caterpillar rose, Disney fell.

  • Stocks Gain Amid Mergers; Tech Slides Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Stocks gained amid news of strong retail sales in October and acquisitions by Caterpillar and EMC, and despite continuing worries over debt troubles in periphery European countries. Caterpillar rose, while Disney fell.

  • Futures Still Point Higher After Retail Sales News Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 9:10 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures continued to point to a slightly higher open Monday after news of a better-than-expected jump in retail sales in October, and despite a drop in an indicator of manufacturing in New York.

  • Forget GM IPO; Buy Ford Shares Instead Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 6:30 PM ET
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    Plus, Cramer highlights the most important events of the coming week.

  • Trading Retail Ahead of Earnings Next Week Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 6:19 PM ET

    With 13 retailers reporting earning next week, the "Fast" traders share which they'll be listening to.

  • Halftime: 'Fast' Traders: Key Levels to Watch Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 1:41 PM ET

    With the reversal in the markets, the traders recommend watching these key levels in the S&P.

  • Rally Goes On; So Does Consumer Trend Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 2:43 PM ET
  • Retailers Post Solid Sales Gains in October Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 10:41 AM ET
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    Retailers largely reported better-than-expected sales in October, providing some momentum heading into the Christmas holiday shopping season.

  • 4 Retail Trades Ahead of Same-Store Sales Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 6:25 PM ET

    Ahead of October's same-store sales results out Thursday, a retail analyst gives her best trades going into November.

  • Retail Sales Prep: Staying Positive Ahead of the Holidays Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 12:54 PM ET
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    Although retailers are expected to report monthly sales gains that are below last year's levels, there are still expected to be some bright spots in the report that bode well for the upcoming Christmas holiday shopping season.

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    Setting an encouraging tone for the upcoming holiday season, retail sales in October continued the momentum that was seen in the prior month, according to a report by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse.

  • Your First Move For Monday, Oct. 25 Friday, 22 Oct 2010 | 6:16 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders give you their best plays to start the week.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Retail's Big Opportunity: Online Sales Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 2:37 PM ET
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    Several recent surveys are pointing in one direction: there will be big opportunities for retailers this holiday season online. More and more often consumers are starting their shopping online giving retailers a chance to win a customer.

  • Patty Edwards:  Santa Gets a Boost from Banks? Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 11:23 AM ET

    Fast trader and retail queen Patty Edwards thinks this holiday may be better than the Street thinks. Get her latest retail trades in this web exclusive post!

  • UPDATE: Are Retailers Cracking or Crackling? Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 5:35 PM ET

    We've updated this post with more trades and insights from the Fast Money family.

  • Is Shopping Headed for a Pre-Christmas Slump? Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 3:02 PM ET
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    Welcome to the new reality: consumers want to—or have to—pay in cash, and that means it's time to starting pinching pennies to save up for holiday gifts.