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  • 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.

  • What's On: Investor Taste Test and Some Trend Spotting Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 8:01 AM ET

    See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Retail Sales Prep: Retailers Hitting a Rising Bar Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 1:03 PM ET
    Woman shopping for clothing

    A late burst of back-to-school shopping will likely help sales at U.S. retail chains in September, according to the latest analyst forecasts.

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    Retail sales continued to grow in September at a pace that was roughly equal to that in August, providing some reassurance that consumers are continuing to spend, albeit in a cautious manner, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Bond-Picker's Market Looms For Fixed-Income Investors Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 2:19 PM ET
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    While it has become increasingly difficult to be a stock picker in the equity markets, the massive rally in fixed income may be giving way to a bond-picker's market.

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    Another day another holiday forecast, but this time the tone is entirely different. We've already seen holiday forecasts that have predicted both a modest increase in holiday spending and holiday hiring by retailers. But America's Research Group's preliminary forecast tells a much different story, and it's not a tale retailers are going to want to hear. A record high 43 percent of American shoppers plan to spend less during the last quarter of the year than they did in 2009, according to the firm's research.

  • Designers Want to Get You Out of Your Skinny Jeans Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
    A model walks the runway at the G-Star Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

    Tough economic times not only hamper denim sales, the climate also hurts creativity.Fashion designers showing their Spring 2011 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week clearly want to push consumers toward a wider pant leg and higher waistline, but shoppers may not be willing to part with the skinny jean, and the even tighter "jegging" just yet.

  • These Stocks Will Signal a Successful Obama Speech Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 10:08 AM ET

    If these companies react well to what the president says during his CNBC town hall appearance on Monday, then it could be clear skies ahead. If not…

  • Stocks Fail To Hold Gains; Technology Rises Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 4:38 PM ET

    Stocks snapped a four-day winning streak as the Dow and S&P fell after struggling with direction much of the day despite signs of strength in the U.S. economy.  Boeing and American Express fell, while HP rose.

  • Stocks Pare Gains Ahead of Close; Banks Slip Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 3:53 PM ET

    Stocks slipped lower minutes before the close after struggling with direction much of the day despite a strong report on retail sales.    HP and Cisco rose, Boeing and American Express fell.

  • Stocks Hold Gains Led by Retail, Technology Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 11:58 AM ET

    Stocks added to gains led by technology and retailers after a stronger-than-expected rise in business inventories and a gain in retail sales that was slightly better than expected. HP and Cisco rose, Boeing fell.

  • What's On: Retail, Halo and the Rise of the Machine Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 8:08 AM ET

    See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Tuesday's Squawk on the Street.

  • A model walks the runway at the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center.

    Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg said she expects the fashion industry "surfed the tsunami" and she's very optimistic for the future.

  • Fall's Fifties Flavor: Beyond 'Mad Men' Tuesday, 7 Sep 2010 | 2:04 PM ET

    Fashion is taking yet another trip back in time, beyond the "Mad Men" looks, to the 50s, says Roseanne Morrison, fashion director at the Donegar Group.

  • Investing After the Crash Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 7:12 PM ET

    There’s a new way to manage your portfolio, Cramer says.

  • Retailers Post Surprisingly Strong August Sales Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:36 AM ET

    Retailers turned in surprisingly strong monthly sales reports in August, as sales-tax-free holidays and discounting coaxed shoppers to open their wallets and stock up on back-to-school items.

  • Dept. Stores Did Better than Discounters Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:18 AM ET

    August same-store sales better than expected. Maybe those tax-free sales days made a difference: 17 states had at least one tax-free weekend in August, up from 13 last year, including big states like Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts, and it looks like they made a difference.

  • Stocks Close Over 2.5% Higher; Apple Gains Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | 4:47 PM ET

    Stocks began September by soaring more than 2.5 percent after strong U.S. and Chinese manufacturing reports relieved some of the mounting worries over the global economy.  Bank of America and Caterpillar rose. 

  • Retail Sales Prep: Back-to-School Edition Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | 2:19 PM ET
    Gap jeans

    Discounters and department stores are expected to fare well when retailers issue their monthly sales reports Thursday, as consumers look for one-stop shopping to stock up on school supplies and clothing. Which retailers are heading to the top of the class? A look at analysts' estimates.

  • Inside the Cloud Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 1:23 PM ET

    First there was the dot-com boom — now there’s the cloud explosion.