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Despite storms and rising gasoline prices, many retailers reportedly monthly sales managed to top analysts' estimates, but some warned of a weaker March due the timing of the Easter holiday.
Today's action suggests stocks may still be able to advance with oil at $100, but it's dicey above that. Mid-morning stocks weakened as oil moved to $102, but stocks gradually recovered even as oil has held in near $102. At 2pm ET major indices were flat, more up stocks than down stocks.
Inflation jitters in Asia and soaring oil are shaping Thursday's market.
What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Wednesday, Feb. 23
Stocks ended lower Wednesday, extending losses from the previous session, as oil briefly crossed the $100 mark and investors continued to worry over over the political unrest in Libya.
Stocks were under pressure Wednesday, extending the previous day's sharp losses, as oil briefly crossed the $100 mark and investors remained jittery over the political unrest in Libya.
Stocks continued to slide lower for a second session Wednesday, extending the previous day's sharp losses, as investors digested a handful of weak earnings and remained jittery over the political turmoil in Libya.
Stock index futures pointed to a slight rebound for Wall Street on Wednesday after stocks tumbled in the previous session amid growing concern over the political turmoil in Libya, where Moammar Gaddafi vowed to crush the revolution.
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.
Thirteen retailers will give quarterly results next week, but which retail name has pricing power? The "Fast Money" traders discuss.
Don't go to the Commerce Department for data on retail, Cramer said. Here's the best read on the space.
Things are nowhere near as bad as some investors are making them out to be.
What follows is a roundup of where the "Fast Money" traders expect the market to go, and how they plan to play it.
Stocks ended slightly higher after trading lower most of the session as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank would continue to stimulate the economy, even amid signs of growing strength in the U.S. economy, evident in news out early in the session. Cisco and BofA rose, while Merck fell.
Stocks turned higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank would continue to stimulate the economy, even amid signs of growing strength in the U.S. economy. Cicsco and Bank of America rose, while Merck fell.
Stocks fell Thursday as investors weighed strong signs of an economy on the mend against increasing worries over Egypt and signs pointing to an end to the recent rally. Merck and Alcoa fell, while Bank of America gained.
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.
What follows is a roundup of where the "Fast Money" traders think the market could go, and how they plan to play it.
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