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  • 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.

  • Many Retailers Topping Views on Late School Shopping Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 10:47 AM ET
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    A late burst of back-to-school shopping helped many U.S. retail chains to top analysts' estimates in September.

  • Retail & Earnings: Winners, Losers — and Why Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 10:33 AM ET

    September same store sales are in, and the vast majority have to be pleasantly surprised... How surprised? Overall, September same store sales are up 2.7 percent, versus expectations of 2.3 percent, according to RetailMetrics.

  • Retail Sales Prep: Retailers Hitting a Rising Bar Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 1:03 PM ET
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    A late burst of back-to-school shopping will likely help sales at U.S. retail chains in September, according to the latest analyst forecasts.

  • Best & Worst Performing Stocks in September '10 Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 11:54 AM ET

    With September coming to an end today, here is a look at the best and worst performing stocks within the major US averages, as of yesterday's close.

  • Short Interest Surge May Not Signal Decline Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 6:29 PM ET
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    Stocks that had an increase in short covering also surged by more than 25 percent, leading one analyst to questions the claim that recent rallies are due to short covering.

  • Empirical Evidence of an Improving US Economy Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 6:20 PM ET

    Things are getting better, Cramer said Thursday.

  • Web Extra Pops & Drops: Nordstrom, H&R Block... Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 6:12 PM ET

    Find out why shares of Nordstrom popped while H&R Block dropped and how to trade the moves.

  • Stocks Close Higher Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 4:39 PM ET

    Stocks ended higher for a third session a day before investors get a better glimpse of the economy's health in the August jobs report. Alcoa rose, Merck  fell.

  • Stocks Extend Gains, Led by Retail Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 3:52 PM ET

    Stocks extended gains Thursday afternoon, although were still up modestly, amid subdued trading ahead of the August jobs report on Friday. Home Depot rose, American Express fell.

  • Stocks Rise Modestly; Home Depot Gains Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 12:21 PM ET

    Stocks are up modestly after  a batch of economic data that showed glimmers of strength in the economy as investors await the critical August jobs report coming out on Friday. Home Depot rose, American Express fell.

  • Retailers Post Surprisingly Strong August Sales Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:36 AM ET
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    Retailers turned in surprisingly strong monthly sales reports in August, as sales-tax-free holidays and discounting coaxed shoppers to open their wallets and stock up on back-to-school items.

  • Dept. Stores Did Better than Discounters Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:18 AM ET

    August same-store sales better than expected. Maybe those tax-free sales days made a difference: 17 states had at least one tax-free weekend in August, up from 13 last year, including big states like Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts, and it looks like they made a difference.

  • Retail Sales Prep: Back-to-School Edition Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | 2:19 PM ET
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    Discounters and department stores are expected to fare well when retailers issue their monthly sales reports Thursday, as consumers look for one-stop shopping to stock up on school supplies and clothing. Which retailers are heading to the top of the class? A look at analysts' estimates.

  • Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | 10:04 AM ET
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    The shoes that Julie Matlin recently saw on Zappos.com were kind of cute, or so she thought. But Ms. Matlin wasn’t ready to buy and left the site. The NYT reports.

  • Stocks End Mostly Down for Week; Nasdaq Rises Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 4:42 PM ET

    Stocks largely ended down Friday, but significantly off earlier losses as the tech-heavy Nasdaq turned slightly higher.  The moves were amid light trading and continuing worries about the economic recovery and bearish action in expiring August options.  HP fell.

  • Stocks Pare Losses, Head Mixed into Close Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 3:52 PM ET

    Stocks pared losses Friday, and the Nasdaq turned slightly higher, amid continuing worries about the economic recovery and bearish action in expiring August options.  HP fell.

  • Jeggings — This Year's Cruel Plot Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | 3:24 PM ET
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    There are very few must-have items going into Back to School, but one item analysts are keen on is jeggings, pants which combine the fit of leggings with the look of jeans.

  • Stocks Fall as Closing Bell Nears; Retail Drops Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | 10:15 AM ET

    Stocks slipped Friday in quiet summer trading as the closing bell neared after several reports on the economy did little to improve the mood of investors and the market continued on track to record its worst week since the week ending July 2.