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  • U.S. stocks were lower Friday after several reports on the economy did little to change the overall picture for investors.

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    A batch of consumer and inflation data could help determine how a wobbly stock market will finish out the week. Retail sales, consumer sentiment and the latest CPI are all being reported in the morning.

  • Stocks closed lower Thursday, continuing a losing streak amid light volume and continued worries over the state of the economy. Cisco skidded, Verizon rose.

  • What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Aug. 12.

  • Stocks continued a losing streak Thursday heading into the close, amid light volume and continued worries over the state of the economy triggered by the latest batch of economic data and comments from Cisco that customers are hestitant about a recovery. Cisco skidded, Verizon rose.

  • Stocks were lower Thursday after an unexpected rise in weekly jobless claims added to worries over the economy, although losses were stemmed as some investors stepped in to buy.

  • U.S. stock index futures edged lower ahead of the open Thursday after stocks suffered their worst slide since July 16 during the previous session. The major averages fell between 2.5 and 3 percent.

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    Cisco's warnings about an uncertain environment will likely pressure stocks Thursday and give investors even more reason to fear a weakening economy.

  • On Thursday our traders were attempting to gauge the ripple effect, after Russia said it would temporarily halt grain exports.

  • Shoppers

    The latest reads on consumer confidence and personal spending have provided little encouragement that shoppers are starting to spend again. However, July marks the start of back-to-school shopping, and since parents have to buy clothing for their growing children, it may give a much-needed boost to retail sales.

  • Ecco's Men's Golf Street Shoes

    When professional athletes in branded gear make a big splash, sports marketing insiders can’t wait to comment on how big a particular line of clothing or shoes will sell because of it. More often than not, I check back months later to find out it was not as big as it was made out to be.

  • Chico's Live Chat

    Online shoppers are like nomads visiting multiple Web sites before making a purchasing decision. Studies show retail Web sites that offer superior customer service, including live help tools, see high customer satisfaction. Just how successful is live help?

  • Stocks extended their winning streak for a third straight session Thursday, helped by a late round of buying in consumer staples and materials. Bank and tech stocks remained the day's weakest links.

  • With stocks paring early gains, are key technical levels more likely to provide support or resistance?

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    Warm weather and sales tied to the Memorial Day and Father's Day holidays helped drive shoppers to stores in June, but the heavy discounting may have hurt retail profits.

  • S&P 500 futures moved up a couple points as initial jobless claims were slightly lower than expected, as was the continuing claims number.

  • Predictions are skewing positive, so how should you game retail ahead of the all-important same-store sales figures?

  • Predictions are skewing positive, so how should you game retail ahead of the all-important same-store sales figures coming later this week?

  • Twilight Eclipse

    Twilight Saga: Eclipse is on track for a huge opening Wednesday, and along with Summit, the studio behind the series, a slew of marketing partners are hoping their investment in the movie pays off.

  • The fact that the euro rallied Thursday and the S&P didn’t is extraordinarily negative, says Guy Adami. It seems to me that we’re on the edge of something.