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  • Bernanke's Bank Comment Rattles Stocks Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 12:53 PM ET

    Stocks declined Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said bank failures are likely as the housing crisis takes its toll, and a pair of economic reports came in weaker than expected.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 5:01 PM ET

    Stocks had their best three days in quite awhile, and whether the run continues depends in large part on what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has to say before Congress Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Shops & Drops Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 10:12 PM ET

    Which retailers are most likely to pop on earnings next week?

  • Week Ahead: Follow the Bond Insurers Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 5:52 PM ET

    Housing numbers, inflation data and lots of Fed speak loom large for markets but it may be the fate of bond insurers that really drive the direction of trading in the week ahead.

  • Specialty Retailers & Perfume Manufacturers To Love Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 3:09 PM ET

    The Discover Card’s Third Annual Valentine’s Day Shopping Survey reveals the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.  Here are more companies that you may love this Valentine's Day...

  • A Holiday Loved By All (Advertisers) Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 1:54 PM ET

    Partly because of the deteriorating economy, more companies than usual are participating in the annual blizzard of holiday promotions, but skeptics still warn about advertising overkill and the risks of marginal or tacky campaigns.

  • Retailers See Dismal January Sales, but Stocks Rally Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    Providing further evidence of a slowing U.S. economy and a more cautious consumer, Wal-Mart Stores and other retailers reported one of the weakest months of retail sales in years.

  • U.S. Economy Is Showing More Signs Of Weakening Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
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    The U.S. economy showed further signs of slowing, particularly with Thursday's report that the jobless ranks continued to swell last week

  • Retailers See Dismal January as Sales Slow Down Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    Providing further evidence of a slowing U.S. economy and a more cautious consumer, Wal-Mart Stores and other retailers reported one of the weakest months of retail sales in years.

  • Tech And Retail Stocks Under "Microscope" Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 9:19 AM ET

    I've noted that when you are in this kind of uncertain market, everyone becomes a technician. There's a lot of attention now focused on tech stocks, now that both the NASDAQ and NASDAQ 100 have broken to 52-week lows.

  • Discount and Gift Cards Boost January Retail Sales Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 3:35 PM ET

    Discounts and gift cards helped many U.S. retailers rebound in January from a dreary December, according to data released Wednesday, but analysts suspected post-holiday sales were stunted by the weaker economy.

  • Retail Scorecard: Discounters Win, Specialty Loses Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    Big box retailers like Wal-Mart and Costco saw sales that exceeded expectations, but most niche retailers  saw their sales drop or saw sales grow less than expected.

  • Same Store Sales: Pick Any (Bad) Word To Describe Them Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 9:10 AM ET

    Disappointing. Challenging. Uncertain. Short of expectations. Those are the words most heard from companies in this morning's December same store sales report. Large companies like Macy's, Gap, Abercrombie, and Ann Taylor reported sales below expectations.

  • Limited Down 8% For Holiday, Dims Outlook Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 8:13 AM ET

    Limited Brands sales at stores open at least a year fell 8 percent in December, hurt by lower traffic during the holiday season, and predicted negative January same-store sales.

  • Defensive Bank Stocks (You Read That Right) Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 2:51 PM ET

    The "whole financial sector was demolished" in the wake of the subprime mortgage mess -- but analysts and investors "threw the baby out with the bathwater," said Patrick Becker Jr. of Becker Capital Management. He named two bank stocks with little or no exposure to subprime.

  • Bonds Under Pressure From Credit Problems? Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Are bonds about to lose their flight-to-quality premium? The Fed, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and now even the Bank of England (which cut its key rate a quarter point to 5.5 percent) are working to resolve credit problems. The 10-year is looking toppy here.

  • Victoria's Secret

    Post an image of scantily clad supermodels, like I'm doing here, or run a video of the same and you are virtually guaranteed to get air time. CNBC will never get tired of airing stories about Victoria's Secret and its iconic runway show.

  • Market Rally Holds: "Last Hour Sell Off Spell" Broken? Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 4:23 PM ET

    The rally held. This was an important day, a day where the "sell in the last hour" juggernaut was broken, at least for the moment. There are many reasons, but short covering is the key: 1) Short covering in financials.

  • Retail Stocks Fall; Black Friday Spending Seen Lower Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 2:09 PM ET

    Shares of retailers' stocks sank on Monday, after consumers swarmed stores on "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, but focused on hunting for discounts.

  • Market Insider/Tuesday Look Ahead Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 4:49 PM ET

    One of my mother's favorite lines is the one about not saying anything if you can't think of something nice to say. Well that was the story of the markets Monday. What a day of angst. Look at this headline from a note sent by MF Global's Andy Brenner Monday afternoon: "The market has traded like a crazed man with no liquidity." Yikes.