This is supposed to be the year online shopping using mobile devices takes off, but the shopping experience is lagging.
Certainly, this year's Black Friday crowds lived up to the forecasts, and were bigger than last year. But here comes the important question for investors: what next?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, hot deals and hot gifts, those were the topics of my latest round of radio and television interviews.
Consumers may be loosening up their purse strings a tad this holiday, but bargain hunting is out of the picture. In fact, shoppers can expect plenty of promotions and discounts as retailers battle it out in the vital closing months of the year. Lower price-point gifts will play a role in luring customers in and guiding their purchase decisions.
Ah, no. But don’t be surprised if you hear this over and over again for the next six weeks.
Law student Samuel Jaffe won’t be standing in line in the wee hours of the night hoping to score a Black Friday deal.
Times are tough, and retailers are getting creative, wrapping their marketing campaigns in some unlikely packaging this year, from new “grab-and-go” gift shops at Macy’s to new flexible payment options at Sears.
Black Friday weekend used to be the bellwether of the holiday shopping season. Merchants held their breath when Thanksgiving weekend sales results trickled in, holding up the period as a major indicator of how their stores would perform. But the weekend has lost much of its crystal-ball appeal.
Stocks shed losses from earlier this week to close broadly higher Thursday, lifted by the successful return of General Motors to the U.S. stock market and relief that Ireland was addressing its debt crisis. Alcoa and Boeing rose, while Intel fell.
Considering the investor enthusiasm for the GM IPO, is it safe to say market momentum has shifted in favor of the bulls?
U.S. stock index futures rallied ahead of the open Thursday as General Motors shares looked set to jump on their return to the New York stock market, and jobless claims came in as expected.
Stocks ended mixed after trading in a tight range for most of the session Wednesday as continued uncertainties with the global economy weighed on investors, ahead of General Motors highly anticipated initial public offering. Home Depot fell, while McDonald's rose.
Stocks turned negative after trading within a tight range for most of the session Wednesday as continued uncertainties with the global economy weighed on investors. Home Depot fell, while Merck rose.
Wal-Mart Stores and a number of other retailers are expanding their hours for Black Friday in the hopes of luring more shoppers who want to get a head-start on their holiday shopping.
It's back to basics for stocks in the coming week, as traders watch incoming economic data for signs that a pattern of better news continues.
With 13 retailers reporting earning next week, the "Fast" traders share which they'll be listening to.
With the reversal in the markets, the traders recommend watching these key levels in the S&P.
Leaks, conspiracies and price wars. They don't describe a plot from a James Bond movie. Rather, they portray what the nation's largest retailers are up against as they position themselves for Black Friday steals and deals.
Consumers may be planning to spend less on gifts overall this holiday season, but that frugality seemingly won’t apply when it comes to consumer electronics.
Why wait for Black Friday? Sears isn't. The retailer will be open its Sears stores from 7 am. until noon on Thanksgiving, according a leaked Black Friday circular obtained by CNBC.com.