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Amid a sea of red there was some green in Wednesday’s session. Polo Ralph Lauren and Estee Lauder both held gains into the close.
Stocks finished near session lows in choppy trading Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P wiping out all of the previous session's gains led by financials, as investors continued to cautiously monitor developments in the European banks.
"How am I supposed to trade on this?" one befuddled trader said to me. He was referring to the fact that S&P futures had swung in a 50-point range(!) overnight.
Futures continued to decline Wednesday after the previous session's sharp rally as investors remained cautious over the prospects for the U.S. economy and the ongoing euro zone crisis.
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Citi raised earnings estimates for a numer of retailers, as July's warm weather heats up sales, according to its same-store sales preview.
Apparel sales rose only 1.4 percent over the past year, according to the latest report from market researcher NPD Group, but where the growth is in the segment is very telling, and offers clues to where consumers will be shopping this fall.
Even as the labor market languishes and fears of a double-dip recession cause the market to swoon, retail stocks have outpeformed. There may be a structural reason why.
Stocks backed off from their intraday highs, but still finished sharply higher Thursday after a pair of jobs news offered some hope that the employment picture was improving ahead of the critical government non-farm payroll report.
Stocks continued to gain into the final hour of trading Thursday after a pair of encouraging employment reports and stronger-than-expected monthly chain-store sales lifted investor optimism ahead of Friday's key employment data.
ADP numbers and better-than-expected June retail sales across the board put a smile back on retail investors’ faces today. So is it time to break out the champagne?
Retailers reported sales in June that looked very solid, but the virtual silence regarding second-quarter earnings speaks volumes. Retailers are uncertain about how consumer spending will play out in July.
Although stocks are struggling to make a new highs for the year, a bull market may be hidden amid the broader S&P.
Stocks climbed Thursday, led by banks, after investors cheered a pair of employment reports that showed better-than-expected results and as retailers posted monthly chain-store sales that largely outpaced estimates.
Many retailers outpaced Wall Street estimates for monthly sales in June, according to early reports out Thursday.
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