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Market leaders like metal and energy and tech stocks got help from financials today--that hasnt happened in a long time. But the big story was the weak dollar, which helped push gold, silver, and oil to new highs. Commodity stocks like precious metals, steel, and iron ore also surged.
With retail stocks down 11% year to date, you would think some would be out looking to call a bottom, but bearishness remains very high among retail analysts. Morgan Stanley very typical of that mood this morning, was out with a long note on retailers called "Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, Just Wrong."
Stocks are firming after the last few anxious sessions though the U.S. dollar has moved to a new low, oil is back on the rise and gold is at a 28-year high. The ever sunny Google is hitting a new high before the opening bell after Sanford C. Bernstein upped its target on the stock to $850 from $720.
If you're going to play the sector, you might as well go with best of breed.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Thanks to the coming Fed rate cut. Here's how to play it.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
“Power Lunch” is at the Mall of America outside Minneapolis/St. Paul, to look at alternative energy and consumer activity -- and a surprise definition for "retail stocks." Here's what some of the guests on the program are saying.
After hitting record intraday highs, stocks closed lower led by a selloff in tech shares. "We've certainly had a good run in the market and it's been driven by momentum and not necessarily valuation," said John Massey, portfolio manager at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management.
Bloodletting was the term one source used. Bad and weak were the most common and perhaps the most descriptive term was anemic. I am referring, of course, to September's same store sales results. Wall street knew that September's sales would be soft but what the Street didn't know was how widespread the results would be.
A real food fight breaking out over the September retail sales numbers. No hiding the facts: they were below expectations, which had already been lowered. Men's Warehouse, American Eagle, Target, Limited, Nordstrom, JC Penney lowered earnings; Kohl's said earnings would be at the low end of the range.
September comparable retail sales were generally lower than expected, even after numbers were lowered in the last week. Apparel companies like Limited, Chico's, Abercrombie, Gap and Limited missed, but so did Target, as did the department stores like Saks and Nordstrom.
Stocks are squarely in positive ground this morning helped by a surprise comment from Wal-Mart that its earnings will be better than expected this quarter. Chain stores report monthly sales today and expectations have been low. Macy's for instance is down 2.7%, Limited was down 4%, Chico's is down 8.3% and Nordstrom cut its third quarter forecast.
Warm weather left apparel retailers with a lot of unsold suits and sweaters in September. Limited, Chico's, Abercrombie, Gap and Limited missed. Men's Wearhouse cut its forecast for third quarter profits, citing "continued softening in traffic trends."
Picture this: panicked banker/trader walks out of the New York Stock Exchange and realizes (gasp!) "Oh ****, it is Valentine's Day/our anniversary/her birthday?!" Where does he head? He follows the big orange sign across the Street to Hermes or down the Street to the Tiffany's that is about to open on the 10th. Who else is there?
A surprise drop in U.S. jobs could scare consumers into shutting their wallets during the key holiday shopping season.
Looks like Costco's disappointing August store sales was an anomaly. The good news is that retailers beat expectations, almost across the board. A number of retailers noted that some school districts in Texas and Florida went back to school a week later, which gave a boost in August.
Investors should think of today's pullback in Costco as a buying opportunity, Cramer said.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Several retailers posted improved quarterly earnings on Tuesday, but many remained cautious about the rest of the year.Retail stocks were mixed in reaction, with shares of upscale retailers such as Saks trading lower, while club stores such as BJ Wholesale Club gained ground. Both were among those reporting results Tuesday.
Upscale department store Nordstrom reported higher quarterly net profit on Thursday as sales at stores open at least a year were higher than expected.
Wednesday was a crazy day for the markets, but when all was said and done The Dow finished 150 points higher and Blackstone (BX) formed the largest buyout fund ever. Is a steady comeback building this week for stocks? Here's the word on The Street.
Delaware Investments' Lori Wachs looks to "the Holy Grail of the consumer" and a "magic logo" to pick investments. The top fund manager joined "Morning Call" to share her insights -- and favorite retail stocks -- with viewers.