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  • Futures Still Higher After Inflation, Housing News Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 9:17 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures remained higher ahead of the open Wednesday after news that inflation remains tame, but housing starts were weak, as investors looked ahead to a massive stock offering from General Motors.

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    General Motors drives its massive IPO to market Wednesday, against a backdrop of worry about a China-led slowdown and the possible bailout of Ireland.

  • Trading Retail Ahead of Earnings Next Week Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 6:19 PM ET

    With 13 retailers reporting earning next week, the "Fast" traders share which they'll be listening to.

  • Halftime: 'Fast' Traders: Key Levels to Watch Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 1:41 PM ET

    With the reversal in the markets, the traders recommend watching these key levels in the S&P.

  • It's Not the Holidays Until an Angel Walks the Runway Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 1:27 PM ET
    Model Magdalena Frackowiak walks down the runway at the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at New York City's Lexington Armory on Nov. 10, 2010.

    When it comes to ringing in the holiday season, some retailers do it with bows, ribbons, candles, lights and trees. Others do it on a grander scale: Macy’s has the Thanksgiving Day parade, Neiman Marcus has its fantasy gift catalog, Lord & Taylor has its festively decorated windows along New York’s Fifth Avenue—and Victoria’s Secret has its fashion show. A look at the show and the stock.

  • Victoria's Secret 2010 Fashion Show Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 11:28 AM ET
    This year's Victoria's Secret runway event has aspirations for the purchasing public this holiday season. Not that they need any convincing. Limited Brands, Victoria's Secret parent company, says a large part of the businesses recent surge in sales is largely due in part of the brand's Pink line, catering to older teens and college-aged women. The runway show, which airs this Nov 30th on CBS, is always a hit, too, even without the "Head Angel" Heidi Klum who quit the show.Celebrity pop stars Kat

    Each year, Victoria's Secret kicks off its holiday-selling season with a runway event, designed to build excitement about its products. Not that they need much convincing this year.

  • Stocks Close at Two-Year Highs; Banks Surge Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 5:01 PM ET

    Stocks surged to two-year highs on Thursday as all the major indexes rose beyond their closing highs for the year in the wake of the Federal Reserve's decision to buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds to boost the economy and news that President Obama said he was open to extending the Bush-era tax cuts to all income levels. JPMorgan and BofA gained.

  • Stocks Soar; Banks Rise on Fed Dividend News Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 3:55 PM ET

    Stocks continued to soar to new highs for the year Thursday, with banks getting a boost from news the Fed will allow "healthy" institutions to raise their dividends. BofA and JPM gain.

  • Limited's Sales Are Tickled Pink Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 2:32 PM ET
    Victoria's Secret Pink Collection

    There are a couple of key takeaways from October sales: sure it was a month that relied heavily on markdowns to drive sales, but shoppers also need to see something fresh and new at the store. A look at Limited Brands, and what they're doing right.

  • Stocks Gain After News on Tax Cuts, Fed Move Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 11:29 AM ET

    Stocks gained after President Barack Obama said he was open to extending the Bush-era tax cuts to all income levels.  Boeing and Caterpillar gained.

  • Retailers Post Solid Sales Gains in October Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 10:41 AM ET
    Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    Retailers largely reported better-than-expected sales in October, providing some momentum heading into the Christmas holiday shopping season.

  • Street Chatter: Steepening Yield Curve? Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 9:47 AM ET

    Fed policy captures traders' attention. Also: October retail same-store sales were a mixed bag: some tricks, some treats. It's important to note that estimates have been coming down all month, and only about half have beat the consensus.

  • Just in Time for the Holidays: Luxury Comes Back Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 2:57 PM ET
    Shoppers look at handbags at a Coach store in Pasadena, California.

    Just in time for the holidays, it looks like the luxury consumer is back. “We’ve been hearing that luxury goods sales globally, have been accelerating, and it’s in all categories, whether it is watches and jewelry or whether it is fashion and leather goods," said Dana Telsey, chief information officer at Telsey Advisory Group, in an interview on CNBC. "The demand is there.”

  • In Last Quarter of Year, a Focus on What's Working Sunday, 17 Oct 2010 | 5:29 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange Traders

    The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index are both up more than 5 percent this year, and barring something dramatic will finish in the black.

  • Stocks Close Mixed Ahead of Jobs News Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 4:47 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed after a volatile session as investors cautiously anticipated  monthly jobs data and third-quarter earnings reports. Alcoa and Verizon fell, while GE and DuPont rose.

  • Stocks Fall Modestly Ahead of Close; GE Rises Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 3:52 PM ET

    Stocks were modestly lower ahead of the closing bell, ending a volatile session marked by a handful of encouraging economic reports, a rising dollar, and investor caution ahead of quarterly earnings reports and monthly jobs data. Verizon and Alcoa fell, while GE rose.

  • Stocks Retreat as Materials Fall, Utilities Rise Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Stocks were mixed Thursday as the Dow backed off after nearing striking distance of 11,000 for the first time since May.  Pfizer and GE rose, while AT&T fell.

  • Many Retailers Topping Views on Late School Shopping Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 10:47 AM ET
    Woman shopping

    A late burst of back-to-school shopping helped many U.S. retail chains to top analysts' estimates in September.

  • Retail & Earnings: Winners, Losers — and Why Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 10:33 AM ET

    September same store sales are in, and the vast majority have to be pleasantly surprised... How surprised? Overall, September same store sales are up 2.7 percent, versus expectations of 2.3 percent, according to RetailMetrics.

  • Futures Rise After Jobless Claims Report Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 9:17 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Thursday and gold powered ahead as investors remained cautious at the start of earnings season, which kicks off after the bell with numbers from Alcoa.