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    The US has just entered a 500-day retail recession, a noted retail analyst believes, and before it’s over, the US will see weaker retail sales, more store closures and more retailers joining Borders in bankruptcy.

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    ADP numbers and better-than-expected June retail sales across the board put a smile back on retail investors’ faces today. So is it time to break out the champagne?

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    Many retailers outpaced Wall Street estimates for monthly sales in June, according to early reports out Thursday.

  • J.C. Penney's same-store sales disappointed traders in April, and the sentiment is negative going into its monthly report.

  • Do earnings reports from Gap and others signal that higher commodity costs are starting to hit companies where it hurts - on the bottom line?

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    Existing home sales, mortgage delinquencies, and MBA mortgage foreclosures data released Thursday were disappointing. The data continue to suggest that we are undergoing a very slow, unbalanced, and tenuous economic recovery.

  • How remodeling has helped boost these companies’ bottom line.

  • The Fast Money pros are very focused on a few signals that could telegraph the next big move.

  • Whether you are looking at today's April Industrial Production, Capacity Utilization, or housing starts and building permits, the economic data was all weaker than expected.

  • Reprofiling? Default for Greece is clearly on the agenda. Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of euro zone finance ministers, says they are considering "reprofiling" Greece's debt, which seems to mean extending the maturities. Call it what you want—reprofiling, or a "soft restructuring," but S&P has already noted that extending maturities is a form of default.

  • With two of the nation’s largest retailers scheduled to release earnings on Tuesday morning, what should you be watching as they unleash results?

  • Stocks in Europe were higher as German and French Q1 GDP were both above expectations, though Portugal had negative growth, while Spain and Italy eked out small gains.

  • Stocks closed modestly higher on Wednesday, cutting in half the losses sustained Wednesday when a commodity rout roiled global markets.

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    The first quarter is now behind us and as retail earnings start to trickle out, the S&P retail index is hitting new highs.

  • Stocks traded modestly higher in the final hour of trading on Thursday as a commodity rout that roiled global markets on Wednesday reversed.

  • You can say today is "risk off" or "risk on" but the simple fact is the stock market is still being driven by risk on/risk off in general.

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    China reported on Wednesday that industrial output increased 13.4 percent in April year-over-year, still respectable, but lower than last month. Also: Is a market top in crude a leading indicator for a top in stocks?

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.

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    Edgy markets may see another volatile session Thursday, as the commodities shakeout plays out.

  • Energy heavyweights and top financial regulators head to Capitol Hill on Thursday, a cornucopia of retail data sets the tone for the earnings frenzy, and Cisco searches for its turnaround. Here's what we're watching…