Consumers are facing higher prices at every turn—interest rates, food, apparel, and now gasoline, all are on the rise. However, as crude oil prices crossed the psychologically important $100-a-barrel mark, there are a number of analysts who are not concerned about the impact energy prices will have on consumers and the economy—at least not yet.
Stocks ended higher Friday, climbing just before the close to cap off the third straight week of gains in the absence of major economic news or earnings.
While many analysts expect holiday sales numbers to be strong, Wall Street is expecting earnings conference calls next week to serve more as inflation strategy sessions than as quarterly reviews.
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Stocks gained Friday as investors digested the latest hike in bank reserve requirements by China’s central bank and as the G20 meeting of finance ministers began in Paris. Cisco and Caterpillar rose, while Alcoa fell.
Fears that winter weather would result in disappointing retail sales may have been overblown, as several retailers have not only reported better-than-expected monthly sales reports, they are also raising fourth-quarter earnings estimates.
January retail sales surprise mostly to the upside, with little whining about the weather. They did it again: despite a lack of clearance inventory, tough comps, and snowstorms, most retailers posted gains in January.
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Despite those strong sales gains, why aren’t their stocks moving much to the upside?
Retail is a 'lead indictor for the S&P' and the broader market, David Berman, president of the retail-based hedge fund Durban Capital, told CNBC on Wednesday. 'Everyone gets excited about department stores, the problem is that they are really on a long-term death spiral.'
Heading into Thursday's batch of retail sales reports, expectations are high that retailers will report their strongest sales in four years. However, as BJ's Wholesale's report showed Wednesday, there are sure to be some misses here and there.
A new report from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which estimates sales across all payment forms, shows strong sales growth in December for apparel and high-end items, including jewelry. Online sales were also very strong, perhaps helped by wet weather in West and a post-Christmas blizzard in the Northeast.
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Stocks traded mixed ahead in lackluster trading, although the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit new two-year highs on thin gains amid a lack of economic news. Alcoa and 3M rose, while American Express fell.
Stocks traded narrowly mixed amid thin trading and a lack of economic news as stocks struggled to move beyond recent highs. 3M and Alcoa rose, while AmEx fell.
Though this is traditionally a slow week, there are several underlying trends to the market.