While analysts' bullish attitudes were aimed at the same sector, they gave differing opinions on where consumers' dollars are headed.» Read More
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?"
Stocks rallied for a second day Thursday as traders found cause for optimism and technology stocks blazed the trail.
Stacey Widlitz of Pali Research and Piper Jaffray's Jeff Klinefelter have come up with four "must-have" retail stocks.
Stocks bounced back from a weak open after a better-than-expected report on manufacturing.
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.
Are retailers good for a short-term trade if they continue to top low expectations?
Freddie Mac's earnings may hold the answer, Cramer says.
Retailer Macy's reported a quarterly loss Wednesday as a difficult retail environment hurt sales and it incurred costs from a restructuring.
Wall Street is increasingly worried that bubbling over oil prices will scald the economy and the stock market. That's just one concern for traders in the week ahead which also has inflation data, retail sales and housing numbers. There are also earnings reports, TV networks' upfronts for advertisers, and plenty of Fed, Fed, Fed.
As expected, the ECB and the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged; the ECB at 4.0 percent. Futures dipped a bit at 8:50 am ET as Mr. Trichet began talking, giving his usual speech on the importance of combating inflation.
Big US retailers are expected to show a slight improvement in April sales on Wednesday, but Wall Street still expects signs of weakness.
Wall Street has been busy figuring out where and when consumers will spend their rebate checks, even as the latest consumer sentiment numbers show U.S. consumers are more distressed than they've been since 1982.
Retail sales results were almost universally in the red in March--but--retail stock prices were trading in the green. Why? Many on Wall Street were prepared for the weakest sales results in 13 years and that is indeed what we got on Friday.
Retail analysts had been expecting weak sales in March, but an early Easter holiday, chilly weather and recession-wary consumers combined to deliver March sales that were even drearier than expected.
March retail same store sales were weak, outside of discounters. Remember companies and analysts have been aggressively taking down first quarter estimates for over a month (as well as same store sales), but companies like JC Penney, Target, Gap, Abercrombie, and Kohls were all notably below expectations on same store sales.
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Earnings season kicked off Monday, and investors are bracing for some fairly ugly results, especially in the beaten-down financial sector.
As investors come to terms with the fact that the U.S. economy is either in or heading toward a recession, Wall Street is bracing for earnings season, which kicks off Monday with Alcoa.
For the week ending Friday, March 28, 2008 the US Markets ended mixed after starting on a high note Monday extending last week's market rally. The winning streak came to an end on Tuesday when the Dow closing down for the first time in three sessions. The NASDAQ had the strongest performance of the week managing a positive gain despite weak earnings from Oracle and poor performance from Google . Economic data dragged on the markets with consumer sentiment and confidence at low levels and negative housing data.-Next week the markets will watch Friday's jobs report for evidence of recession, and any revisions on guidance as we move into earnings season. Alcoa kicks off "official" earnings season on Monday, April 7th after the bell. The big companies for next week all hit on Wednesday with RIM , Monsanto and Best Buy all reporting earnings.
J.C. Penney lowered its first-quarter earnings forecast, saying sales through the Easter holiday were "well below expectations."