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Loehmann's, the 92-year-old discount clothing chain, has filed for bankruptcy protection for a third time and said it is prepared to sell its assets to a group of liquidators.
The second storm of the holiday season is making its way through a wide swath of the nation just as the shopping crunch intensifies.
Some developments are so contradictory that even Jim Cramer throws his hands up in frustration.
Taper talk sets in as traders question whether the Federal Reserve will slow down its stimulus program in December.
"I still see some great opportunities out there," says Peter Dixon, manager of Fidelity Select Retailing fund.
A look at the early winners and losers from the heavily discounted Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday weekend.
“Retail has become downright treacherous,” said Cramer. Stocks that should be doing quite well just aren’t.
Stocks rise, with S&P ending above 1,800.
Friday's midday movers.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Wall Street on Friday.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Companies are making headlines after the bell Thursday:
Spending on gift cards is expected to reach a record high this year, as shoppers search for practical gifts.
The Federal Reserve looks set to move sooner rather than later to taper back its bond buying, once more surprising markets that have been repeatedly confused.
Some traders are convinced the stock market is poised to move higher into the year end, and the week ahead may provide more proof of that.
With shoppers turning more and more to the Web, discount retailers are lagging behind full-priced stores in their e-commerce presence.
Big retailers who ordered too many holiday-season goods last spring could disappoint shareholders, as hopes for a stronger economy fade.
An increase in retail square footage may lead to an inventory overload this holiday, forcing retailers to slash prices.
It's starting to sink in: the shutdown could last until a debt ceiling deal, which means a couple of weeks. A deal is possible, but it would require a one or two week continuing resolution.
"I'm not that worried about the consumer because I do think that they have benefited from higher home prices," TheStreet's Stephanie Link says.