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As earnings season kicks off Tuesday with Alcoa's results, analysts have been lowering their already bearish forecasts.
Activist investor Bill Ackman could help lift shareholder returns for Sears Holdings by pushing for asset disposals, even if sales at the U.S. retailer continue to decline.
During my two days reporting from the Miami area this week, I covered the gamut of stores. A Wal-Mart, a Target, a Whole Foods, a Starbucks and a slew of boutiques in the posh Lincoln Road shopping district. The one thing in common between all of the customers that we spoke with is that all were acutely aware of the housing problems in the area.
Third-quarter corporate earnings are expected to show the weakest growth in five years, but a rebound is likely in the fourth quarter.
Stocks finished with small gains as investors shrugged off mixed economic data and bearish sentiment from a couple of major retailers. "The markets are ignoring the bad news and we're still living off the Fed party from last week," said Stephen Sachs, director of trading at Rydex Investments.
Discount retailer Target warned on Monday that September sales at stores open at least a year would be well below its prior forecast due to weak customer traffic, particularly in Florida and the U.S. Northeast.
Retailer Lowe's warned on Monday that full-year profit could trail its prior forecast, saying dry conditions in some parts of the United States were hurting sales.
Ace Hardware discovered an approximately $154 million shortfall on its books while preparing to convert from retailer-owned cooperative to for-profit corporation and likely will have to restate its financial results for the last five years, President and CEO Ray Griffith said Wednesday.
Housing may be down, and so are this company's numbers, but it's buying back stock and boosting the dividend anyway.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Shares of Home Depot rose as much as 2 percent Monday after sources said the home improvement retailer agreed to cut the price in the sale of its supply unit by $1.8 billion to $8.5 billion.
Home Depot agreed to cut the price in its supply division sale to buyout firms by $1.8 billion, sources said on Sunday, as a housing market drop and a credit crunch forced all sides to renegotiate.
Stocks ended higher at the end of a quiet week of trading, as investors were encouraged by further moves by the Federal Reserve and a vote of confidence for the nation's largest mortgage lender. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a weekly gain of 1.8%, the S&P 500 rose 1.7% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.1%.
A late rally pushed U.S. stocks sharply higher at the close as takeover news and rate-cut speculation overshadowed jitters about tighter credit markets. "We think that liquidity is returning to the market after being problematic," said Kevin Cronin, head of investments at Putnam. "We think the Fed's actions last week righted the ship."
U.S. stocks ended mixed but were well off the day's lows amid sustained credit market worries. "We're probably through the brunt of the volatility stage," said Keith Wirtz, chief investment officer at Fifth Third Asset Management.
Retailer Lowe's reported a better-than-expected 9% rise in second-quarter profit Monday, aided by new store openings and market share gains, boosting its shares by 4% in pre-market trading.
Wall Street is set for a higher open after world stock markets rebounded in a Fed-inspired relief rally. Tokyo stocks were up 3%, the biggest gain in more than a year, in its first trading day since the Fed move. European stock markets, up sharply Friday, continue to rise this morning.
Lowe's, Best Buy and more...Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
"Massive short squeeze run?" JP Morgan's Charles Grom raises the question of whether we'll see a short squeeze run of retail shares when same store sales are released this Thursday much like we saw last month. If you remember, June's same store sales were not strong by any means rather they were more or less on plan for what is traditionally a weak summer sales season (buyers are on the beach not the in the malls.)
I think that things are going to get worse before they get better in the retail. I took a look at short interest in a few big retail names today and was surprised to see just how many investors were betting AGAINST the stores that cater to the mass market consumer right now.
In a sign of the growing influence that restaurants have on how and where consumers spend their money, a major retail trade group has included for the first time six restaurant companies on its list of the top 100 retailers, released on Friday.