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Retailer Target said on Wednesday it would review options, including a possible sale for its credit-card receivables, and it would also evaluate its use of debt and the pace of stock buybacks.
Ceridian said Saturday it resolved a proxy battle with its largest shareholder, Pershing Square Capital Management, clearing the way for the payroll processing company to be acquired for about $5.2 billion.
A surprise drop in U.S. jobs could scare consumers into shutting their wallets during the key holiday shopping season.
Treasury debt prices dipped Thursday, as reports of a stronger-than-expected U.S. service sector and job market reduced expectations for a deep cut in official interest rates.
While the kids are just starting school, the retailers are about to get their report cards. Thursday we learn from Target (TGT) and Wal-Mart (WMT) whether parents loaded up on backpacks, jeans and cell phones for the kids. So what’s the trade ahead of the numbers?
Fall is near, so let's turn on the webcams and give you some autumn answers to your seasonal trades.
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Stocks ended higher at the end of a quiet week of trading, as investors were encouraged by further moves by the Federal Reserve and a vote of confidence for the nation's largest mortgage lender. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a weekly gain of 1.8%, the S&P 500 rose 1.7% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.1%.
Subprime-battered mortgage lenders are shutting down, fewer homes are being built, and even some of the big U.S. retailers are planning conservatively for Christmas holiday sales.
It's a continual worry in the markets: Will the consumer continue to spend? The answer so far seems to be "yes." But cracks are appearing as Americans wrestle with high debt, tightening credit, inflation and a worsening housing slump. That's led to speculation that consumers may become tapped out enough to push the economy into a recession.
U.S. retailers are still sweating through the back-to-school shopping season, but an early chill has already crept into their prospects for the all-important holiday season.
U.S. stocks ended mixed as the investors looked for signs that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates again soon. "I think it's encouraging that we are kind of stabilizing after last week's turmoil," said Alec Young, equity market strategist at Standard & Poor's.
Several retailers posted improved quarterly earnings on Tuesday, but many remained cautious about the rest of the year.Retail stocks were mixed in reaction, with shares of upscale retailers such as Saks trading lower, while club stores such as BJ Wholesale Club gained ground. Both were among those reporting results Tuesday.
Target said Tuesday its quarterly profit rose almost 13 percent, meeting Wall Street targets, but the retailer is planning more conservatively for the rest of the year because of the "more difficult economic environment" facing its shoppers.
It is the biggest launch in Kohl's history but the company does not want to discuss it. That was what Kohl's press person told me when I phoned to ask if there were any events planned around the September 9th launch of their first major guest designer clothing line. With the massive launch of the Vera Wang designed "Simply Vera" collection, you would expect that Kohl's would be backing up their bet on Vera with a media onslaught. But that's not the case.
Stocks are finding their feet on higher ground this morning as a positive tone embraces equities markets worldwide. Oil continues to back down from the new high struck earlier this week.
Like a power saw in overdrive, stocks will again cut a pattern of high velocity moves higher and lower in the coming week as investors look to see whether the Fed will hold out a hand to soothe the credit angst in financial markets. Don't look for any move on rates, but there could be some adjustment of the language in the Fed's comments after it meets Tuesday
"Massive short squeeze run?" JP Morgan's Charles Grom raises the question of whether we'll see a short squeeze run of retail shares when same store sales are released this Thursday much like we saw last month. If you remember, June's same store sales were not strong by any means rather they were more or less on plan for what is traditionally a weak summer sales season (buyers are on the beach not the in the malls.)
I think that things are going to get worse before they get better in the retail. I took a look at short interest in a few big retail names today and was surprised to see just how many investors were betting AGAINST the stores that cater to the mass market consumer right now.
Wal-Mart Stores said Friday that Claire Watts, executive vice president in charge of the discount chain's apparel merchandise, has resigned to "pursue other career interests." The move comes as the world's largest retailer continues to work to revive sales in the flagging division.