Take a look at some of Friday morning's early movers:
A lot of retailers are going to profit as J.C. Penney continues its turnaround, Morgan Stanley analyst Michelle Clark told CNBC Thursday.
Retailers are reporting strong sales gains for February, as rising consumer confidence is helping consumers to feel more comfortable spending again.
The Thomson Reuters Same Store Sales Index, which tracks the companies that will report monthly sales late Wednesday and early Thursday, is expected to rise 4.8 percent in February. That's on top of last February's 4.0 percent gain.
Happy Leap Year! What are you doing with your extra day this year? Retailers and restaurants hope the answer will be spending, and they are pulling out the stops to coax you through their doors to spend.
Good results or bad — It won’t be long before retailers have to rip off the monthly same-store sales Band-Aid when the report comes out Thursday.
"We are in the worst economic crisis since 1929," Credit Agricole CEO Jean-Paul Chifflet. If you think the Greece mess is costless or bloodless, just look at the European bank news this morning. At least four banks posted poor earnings and cited losses on their Greek holdings.
Retailer TJX reports higher quarterly profit on strong holiday sales. Insight with Kimberly Greenberger, Morgan Stanley retail analyst.
While the superstore retailer lagged during the holiday season, Target has kicked off 2012 with “aggressive promotions” and is expected to ramp up even more in February, says Adrianne Shapira, Goldman Sachs’ senior retail analyst.
Retailers reported mixed sales results in January, offering a signal that American consumers remain cautious amid a weak economic recovery.
Over dinner last night with several managing directors for a large equity desk, the first topic of conversation was not, “What's going to happen after the NYSE-Deutsche Boerse merger gets turned down?” It was, “What the hell is going on with this lousy volume? My desk is dead.”
After wild price swings that left investors bewildered and not a cent richer last year, stocks are rising again, and calm has settled over the market like blue skies after a storm. Or maybe eye of the storm is the better metaphor.
Jim Cramer’s researcher, Nicole Urken, takes a look at why it is just too tough to come into JC Penney right here.
Most U.S. retailers turned in solid finish to the holiday season, despite bargain-hungry consumers who put off their holiday shopping until the last-minute in order to snag the very best deals, and mild temperatures, which dampened demand for winter apparel.
S&P futures popped about 5 points as the ADP Employment Change for December came in much stronger than expected, at 325,000 jobs created, well above the consensus of 175,000. This bodes well for the December nonfarm payroll report, out tomorrow.
Retailers are expected to report healthy sales gains in December, as a last-minute flurry of shoppers scooped up marked-down merchandise.
Vendors who loan to retail suppliers of Sears are already starting to pull back and could distance themselves further from the company if things don't change soon.
Sears Holdings' announcement that it will close between 100 and 120 locations should not really be a surprise. Since the combination of Sears and Kmart, management has focused on everything BUT the most important item: the customer. Stock buybacks and cost cutting have ruled while Target, Kohl's and Wal-Mart have focused on sprucing up stores and grabbing a larger share of the consumer wallet.
With excess cash on hand from years of cautious spending and slower store growth, retailers in 2012 will focus on returning capital to investors via share buybacks and dividends, according to a Credit Suisse report out today.
The bulls are shopping at Kohl's this holiday season.