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  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 7:02 PM ET

    Stocks could sprint higher into the coming week, as a strengthening dollar and declining commodities prices encourage buyers hoping for a reprieve from inflation.

  • Retailers Post Strong Sales, Discounters Lead The Way Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 2:18 PM ET
    Red shopping Carts in a row.

    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.

  • Two pieces of positive news this morning: 1) Wal-Mart sales better than expected and raising guidance, and 2) Dow Chemicalspacer buying Rohm and Haas. Jobless claims lower than expected is also a help.

  • 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
    Shoppers in a toy aisle at a Target store.

    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.

  • The Week in Review: Bears on the Prowl Saturday, 28 Jun 2008 | 3:01 PM ET

    By anyone's reckoning, it was a rough week.  Crude oil continued its relentless climb; banks and brokerages gave hints of more discouraging news; government data pointed to a weak economy; even strong companies like Nike, Oracle, and Research In Motion issued cautious guidance; and Federal Reserve policymakers, widely perceived as powerless to help, left interest rates unchanged.  But all week, even through the worst of the market's sell-offs, CNBC guests offered

  • Best Trades Now: Rails, Retail, Gold & More Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:38 PM ET

    To give investors an edge, CNBC asked the experts for their best trades now.

  • Seeing Upside in Consumer Discretionary Stocks Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 10:47 AM ET

    After a brutal week for stocks, some of the professionals say it's time to go bargain-hunting.  Doug MacKay of Broadleaf Partners is one of them.

  • Retailers Get Big Sales Boost From Rebate Checks Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 PM ET

    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.

  • The Week: What Investors Can Do When Oil Spikes Saturday, 24 May 2008 | 9:26 AM ET

    Most business news this week took a back seat to oil's relentless climb, but there were still some notable moments. And CNBC guests had plenty of stocks to recommend for worried investors.

  • Retail's Dirty Little Secret: Empty Store Space Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 3:18 PM ET
    Store for lease

    Driving around Southern California’s Ventura and Los Angeles counties, we saw many of those boarded up stores or “for lease” signs in small businesses. In Oxnard, California the local retail organization told me that these areas are getting “redeveloped” but store owners were much less optimistic.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Retail Picks? Depends on the Growth Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 8:11 AM ET

    What should investors look for in retail stocks this week?  J. Crew and some niche retailers are offering some growth opportunities, suggests one retail analyst.

  • Stocks Gain for Week, Led by Tech, Energy Friday, 16 May 2008 | 5:22 PM ET

    Stocks finished flat as a new record for oil prices overshadowed a better-than-expected report on housing. Still, for the week, all three major indexes managed decent gains: The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed nearly 2 percent; the S&P 500 index advanced about 2.5 percent and the Nasdaq jumped more than 3 percent.

  • Stocks Turn Mixed As Oil Trims Gains Friday, 16 May 2008 | 2:35 PM ET

    Stocks recovered most of their losses and were mixed in the final hour of trading as oil prices pulled back toward $126 a barrel.

  • Stocks Tank; Oil Pumps Up Energy Sector Friday, 16 May 2008 | 12:36 PM ET

    Stocks declined after a report showed consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level in 28 years.  The market had opened with some optimism after a jump in housing starts, but the souring of consumer sentiment, and a jump in oil above $!27 a barrel, curbed gains.

  • Market Insider: Friday Look Ahead Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 10:56 PM ET

    Stocks were juiced ahead of Friday's session as indexes sit at the highest levels since early January. But beware. Some traders are talking about the idea that as these highs are being reached, sluggish volume could be throwing up warning signs.

  • Dow Jumps 94; Nasdaq Up 1.5% Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 6:26 PM ET

    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?"

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 7:33 PM ET

    Wall Street's bulls are still running but they are no thundering herd heading into Thursday's market, which promises to be ruled by the economic data du jour, and the rise and fall of the price of a barrel of oil.

  • Shop 'Til They Drop Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 6:32 PM ET

    Are retailers good for a short-term trade if they continue to top low expectations?