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Commodities and commodity stocks higher pre-open on Alcoa earnings. While Alcoa is getting all the attention, Australia is again helping Asian markets due to a much better than expected jobs report there...Australia reported an increase of 40,600 jobs in August versus a forecast of a drop of 10,000 jobs.
The SPDR S&P Retail has gained about 6% over the past month. As we head into same-store sales data, what should you expect when the numbers are released, Thursday?
Folks are starting to speculate about whether September chain-store sales can be seen as a barometer of how Christmas holiday sales will ring in. But there's another gauge that may influence tomorrow's monthly retail sales reports: the thermometer.
September retail sales: improving, but is it enough? September same store sales, out tomorrow, are expected to decline by 0.8 percent year over year, according to RetailMetrics.
Stocks rallied for a second day Tuesday as news that Australia has raised rates revitalized hope for the global recovery.
Ryan Detrick, chief technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research, and Ronald Weiner, president and CEO of RDM Financial Group, shared their thoughts on whether the rally will last — and where people should invest.
Let the holiday price wars begin. Target is expected to announce that it will match toy price discounts put in place last week by rival Wal-Mart Stores.
Wal-Mart shares have stalled since having an early runup last year. John Lawrence, senior analyst at Morgan Keegan, offered investors his outlook for the retail giant.
Plus, get calls on Friday's jobs number, tech, retail and more.
It's been a weird week, and we have a weird list of outrageously less-than-stellar performances in the world of business. Here are our nominees. Vote for your favorite in the poll below.
The third quarter has past and for investors seeking dividends, they can be glad. Standard & Poor's said yesterday that third-quarter dividend increases this year were the worst on record. Dividend payments during the third quarter fell 44.8% from a year ago, with only 191 of about 7,000 public companies -tracked by S&P- increasing their payouts.
Target has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty for importing and selling a variety of toys with high levels of lead paint on the surface.
Retailers, take a cue from Wal-Mart Stores: Shoppers will again be making a list and checking it twice this holiday season. A fresh survey from The Nielsen Company forecasts holiday sales to be flat with last year's dismal results.
The movie industry has been ruled by very specific rules about how and when different home video formats are released. The idea is that home video -- DVDs and video-on-demand -- has to come out long enough after a theatrical film release to keep moviegoers driving to movie theaters and paying for tickets.
I used to love Christmas-the gift giving, the time with family, the chance to eat like a pig, and the solemnity of candlelight services on Christmas Eve celebrating God's humble entry into the world. Now it just depresses me.
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Retail staffs are much more experienced than they were one year ago. This may allow companies to cut back on recruiting and training costs, as well as improve their customer service this holiday season.
This week Toys 'R Us announced it was opening new "Holiday Express" toy stores in malls and Babies 'R Us locations across the country. Although much of the buzz around this announcement focused on the "pop-up", or temporary, stores it is opening in malls as part of this effort, the space the company is dedicating to toys in its more than 260 Babies 'R Us stores shouldn't be ignored.
Both the Dow and S&P 500 closed higher on Friday as investors focused on the bright side of a mixed payrolls report. So, what's in store for Tuesday?
What we are witnessing now in the world of branding and marketing is a correction, running parallel to the economic one. It is a correction of the misperception that brands can get by on empty promises, and bling so brightly as to blind people to reality.