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  • Don't expect easy money from hurricanes Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Hurricane prep

    You shouldn't expect to make any easy money by investing in home improvement companies before hurricanes.

  • 4 disaster risks for small businesses Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 2:52 PM ET
    Risk

    With hurricane season off to a record start, is your small business equipped to handle the next major storm?

  • NEW YORK, Aug 24- U.S. housing stocks, which have been a bright spot in this year's market, were among the hardest hit in Monday's selloff. KB Home sank 6.8 percent to $14.01, while Lennar fell 6.3 percent to $50.08 and PulteGroup dropped 6.3 percent to $19.62, leading losses among home builders. "When you get this sharp of a decline, people start to worry about...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 24- U.S. housing stocks, which have been a bright spot in this year's market, were among the hardest hit in Monday's selloff. Among home builders, PulteGroup sank 5.7 percent to $19.74 and KB Home tumbled 5.6 percent to $14.19, suffering the biggest losses. "When you get this sharp of a decline, people start to worry about downpayments and a reassessments of...

  • Americans spending again but 'value' still reigns Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
    Retail shopping

    The American consumer has changed, and that's having a profound effect on where people are choosing to spend their money.

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed lower after the Federal Reserve's minutes were released, while China and oil prices weighed.

  • *Profit $1.20/ share vs est. Aug 19- Lowe's Cos Inc reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by higher costs and taxes, and the No.2 U.S. home improvement chain posted its slowest growth in same-store sales in five quarters. Demand was low also for exterior improvement items due to heavy rain in parts of the United States, analysts said.

  • Why Target's earnings were so good: Analyst Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 9:20 AM ET
    A customer enters a Target store in Colma, California.

    Target delivered quarterly earnings and revenue that beat expectations. "They are refocusing on the core business," retail analyst Joseph Feldman says.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on Wednesday, with investors on edge before the release of the Fed's minutes from its July meeting.

  • Early movers: LOW, SPLS, WTW, HRL, C, YUM & more Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 7:58 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Test of morning squawk Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    U.S. stock futures were under pressure this morning, after the Dow snapped a three-session winning streak Tuesday.

  • Lowe's EPS misses, revenues beat on big ticket sales Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    An employee walks past refrigerators on sale at a Lowe's Cos. store in San Bruno, California.

    Lowe's delivered quarterly earnings that fell short of analysts' expectations on Wednesday.

  • Aug 19- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No.2 U.S. home improvement chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly same-store sales, helped by higher demand for items such as appliances and outdoor power equipment. Larger rival Home Depot Inc also reported a stronger-than-expected rise in quarterly same-store sales on Tuesday, helped by increased home remodeling...

  • Home improvement chain Lowe's sales rise 4.5 pct Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    Aug 19- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No.2 U.S. home improvement chain, reported a 4.5 percent rise in quarterly sales as demand rose for products such as appliances and outdoor power equipment. The company's net income rose to $1.13 billion, or $1.20 per share, in the second quarter ended July 31 from $1.04 billion, or $1.04 per share, a year earlier. Net sales rose to $17.35...

  • Retail winners and losers this earnings season Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 1:58 PM ET
    Riding lawnmowers stand in a row in the parking lot outside a Home Depot Inc. retail store in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

    We are in the meat of earnings season for retailers, and there are very clear winners and losers emerging.

  • Home improvement stocks, Fed top trades to go Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    The "Halftime Report" traders give their trades for the second half.

  • Net sales $24.83 bln vs est. By Nandita Bose and Sruthi Ramakrishnan. Aug 18- An improving U.S. housing market helped Home Depot Inc beat quarterly sales forecasts on Tuesday, and the world's No. 1 home-improvement retailer lifted its full-year earnings and revenue forecasts.

  • Housing recovery drives Home Depot sales beat Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 6:57 AM ET
    An employee rings up customer purchases at a Home Depot store in Chicago, Illinois.

    Home Depot reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly same-store sales, helped by a recovery in the U.S. housing market.

  • These are 3 things worrying markets in week ahead Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 6:14 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    With light trading volume and low staffing, Wall Street should be quiet in the coming week but traders are still watching out for what's scaring them.

  • These are 3 things worrying markets in week ahead Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 6:27 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    With light trading volume and low staffing, Wall Street should be quiet in the coming week but traders are still watching out for what's scaring them.