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Further economic data out of China showed the country was at risk of falling into a deflationary period. Chinese consumer price inflation fell to a 22-month low of 2.4 percent in November, sparking a fresh commitment from the government to take steps to reinvigorate the economy. Experts tell CNBC the country still has attractive prospects.
A tentative deal has been reached between the White House and congressional Democrats regarding a $15 billion proposal for bailing out the U.S. automakers. But CNBC's experts are skeptical on the measures and reckon the markets' positive reaction to the news will be unsustainable.
Oil prices were steady Tuesday, following a 7 percent rally the previous day, on further economic fears as Japan slipped into a deeper recession. GDP data showed the country's economy contracted at an even faster pace than originally estimated during the third quarter. CNBC's experts weigh in on the economic woes.
Global stocks surged Monday with investors taking heart from a likely rescue plan for U.S. automakers and more government stimulus packages to reverse an economic decline. But experts tell CNBC that the slowdown is far from over.
U.S. employers axed payrolls by a shocking 533,000 in November for the weakest performance in 34 years. Experts tell CNBC that the outlook for the economy is grim.
November retail sales figures will be released later on Thursday. But as analysts revise their forecasts down on concerns of slowing consumer spending due to recessionary woes, experts predict further troubles for the retail sector.
If you think navigating the mall during the holidays is tough, just try trading the retailers.
The market news on Black Friday is all about retail — so unsurprisingly, the news today is pretty bleak, as shoppers look to stretch tight budgets and thinner wallets. Retail chain CEOs who spoke to CNBC emphasized the positive, but industry analysts are already predicting a "red" Christmas. And investment strategists see a big cash-raising selloff in the works.
Top retail analyst Dana Telsey isn't putting lipstick on this pig. "This is going to be a bad Christmas," she told CNBC.
Retail traffic has slowed to a crawl as consumers shut their wallets, caught in the paralyzing grip of tightened credit, rising unemployment and falling home values. It may take a miracle to save retailers this Christmas.
Discount and dollar stores are back in fashion and back in the black. Just about everyone else has his back to the wall.
Consumer inflation data, more retailers' earnings, and another day of auto executives on Capitol Hill are on tap for Wednesday.
For investors, the phrase "holiday shopping" takes on new meaning this year. JPMorgan's Brian Tunick names some retail stocks that might bring holiday cheer.
Paul Hickey is founder of Bespoke Investment Group, and the strong dollar has him looking for a powerful market rally. He's come up with a list of stocks he thinks will be riding that rally.
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It's hard to say whether Wall Street's fear of itself or rising oil prices will be more of an impediment for stocks this week. Both of those trends were apparent Tuesday and could continue to hang over the market Wednesday.
Investors will get a glimpse of how much cash-strapped consumers are willing to spend in the key back-to-school shopping season when major U.S. retail chains release July sales results Thursday.
The Dow chart looked like a yo-yo Thursday as traders pounded financials including Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers and oil prices surged more than $5 a barrel. Still, all three major indexes eked out gains by the closing bell.
The Dow chart looked like a yo-yo Thursday as traders pounded financials including Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers, overshadowing any positive news the market had to offer.
Stocks flipped and somersaulted Thursday as investors juggled worries about capital constraints at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a drop in jobless claims, merger activity and encouraging retail sales.