Stocks closed little changed Thursday, with investors unwilling to place large bets ahead of Friday's jobs report.
In-store retail sales suffer as the Internet takes a bigger share of the pie.
Analysts say retailers' big challenge will be to figure out a way to attract customers without giving away the store, as many did this holiday.
Macy's is becoming an innovator, but don't expect that to carry through to other retailers.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Companies making headlines after the bell Wednesday:
Department store operator Macy's forecast earnings for the coming year above Wall Street's estimates and announced a new cost cutting plan. Shares up.
Some of Wednesday's midday movers:
J.C. Penney reaffirmed its fourth-quarter outlook, but analysts caution the retailer still isn't where it needs to be in its turnaround efforts.
Analyst Brian Sozzi has detailed pics and stats arguing his case about why Sears is experiencing a slow death. Sears has come out swinging against him, going so far as to accuse him of working for Macy’s.
Some of Thursday's midday movers:
After nearly a year of legal wrangling, Macy's and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia have settled a dispute over exclusive rights to its home products.
A number of specialty stores have pumped the brakes on their dramatic discounts, but department stores are still offering big price cuts.
UPS, embarrassed by deliveries that failed to reach clients in time for Christmas, may have a shrunken fleet of jets to blame. The WSJ reports.
Americans waited until the last minute to buy holiday gifts, but retailers weren't prepared for the spike.
StellaService, which rates retail customer service, scored sites on meeting promised delivery dates on holiday orders.
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According to ShopperTrak, traffic for the week ended Dec. 22 was down 21.2 percent year over year.
The 11th-hour moves include a barrage of emails broadcasting drastic promotions, including half-off discounts on all merchandise.
Sure we’ve had a big run,” Jim Cramer said. “But I think there are places where you can come right in and buy.”