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  • November may have been sweeter to stores than many thought. Don't get me wrong--stores aren't going to be AHEAD of plan but it is sounding increasingly like they may NOT miss those meager plans they set for themselves at the beginning of the month. Meeting expectations COULD be a real positive for retail stocks tomorrow.

  • Stores Try Luring Shoppers With Limited-Time Sales Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 3:09 PM ET

    Retailers want to rack up sales now. But consumers are playing the waiting game for bigger discounts closer to Christmas

  • Inside The Consumer Mind Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 7:20 PM ET

    To figure out the winners and losers among the ranks of retail, you need to go inside the consumer's mind to get your trade. Fast Money retail analyst Jeff Macke explains.

  • Consumers Seen Rejecting 'Green Christmas' Trend Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 2:40 PM ET

    U.S. retailers may be touting their environmental-friendliness this year, but just about the only "green" in evidence for the holidays is in the usual Christmas decorations.

  • US Online Shoppers Set Record 'Cyber Monday' Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 7:52 AM ET

    U.S. online shoppers spent a record $733 million in a single day on "Cyber Monday," according to market research firm comScore.

  • Discounters, Electronics Among Big Winners So Far Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 1:36 PM ET
    Shoppers look at home theater televisions at the Best Buy store Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy Co. Inc., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, said its second-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on a 13 percent increase in revenue. The results beat Wall Street expectations, but Best Buy left its full-year guidance unchanged. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Discounters, department stores and chains that sell electronics and teen fashions lured big crowds over the weekend as the holiday shopping season got off to a strong start.

  • Online Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 9:49 AM ET

    Retailers are hoping last week's strong start to the holiday shopping season at malls and stores translates into a busy buying season online, which officially begins Monday. A number of retailers are hosting one-day sales or special offers for the occasion. Internet research firm comScore estimated online sales may exceed $700 million.

  • Stocks Rally, Led by Retailers, Financials Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 2:19 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher in a shortened session as the kickoff to the holiday shopping season lifted retail stocks, while signs of progress in a plan to relieve credit market strain helped major banking stocks.

  • Shoppers Jam Stores, Giving Cheer to Retailers Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 12:50 PM ET

    Shoppers jammed stores before dawn Friday to grab discounted TVs, toys and clothing for the official start of the holiday season, expected to be the weakest retail showing in five years.

  • Americans In A Foul Mood As Holidays Approach Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 12:42 PM ET

    The mood among consumers hit the skids in November as gasoline prices soared and the housing slump worsened.

  • The Consumer's Last Stand Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 12:31 PM ET

    Everyone has heard predictions of a tapped-out consumer. And though they haven't materialized in the past, this time is likely to be different.

  • Stocks End Higher After Another Wild Session Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 5:02 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher after another volatile session, helped by a rally among energy shares as oil soared to a record high close of $98 a barrel.

  • Target Posts Surprise Profit Drop On Weaker Sales Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 12:28 PM ET
    Shoppers check out at a newly-opened Target store near Royersford, Pa., on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. Discount retailer Target Corp. said Tuesday its third-quarter profit rose 16 percent, beating analyst expectations as its sales rose 11 percent. (AP Photo/George Widman)

    Target posted a surprise drop in quarterly profit  after weak sales of higher-margin merchandise like clothing hurt its results heading into the holidays, and the discount retailer announced a new $10 billion share repurchase program.

  • Is Target a Turkey? Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 8:38 PM ET

    Target (TGT) will lead retail earnings this week ahead of Black Friday. Can things get any worse for this beleaguered bunch or is it due time for a bounce?

  • Market Insider/Tuesday Look Ahead Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 4:49 PM ET

    One of my mother's favorite lines is the one about not saying anything if you can't think of something nice to say. Well that was the story of the markets Monday. What a day of angst. Look at this headline from a note sent by MF Global's Andy Brenner Monday afternoon: "The market has traded like a crazed man with no liquidity." Yikes.

  • The turkey’s not even in the oven, but the annual game of chicken has begun.  Consumers are waiting to see if retailers grow desperate and cut prices deeper than planned.

  • Holiday Retail Traffic to Fall 2.5%: Research Firm Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

    U.S. stores may seem less crowded this holiday season, with one research firm predicting a 2.5 percent drop in foot traffic this year.

  • The Clock Is Ticking Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 11:02 AM ET

    Tuesday's rally has opened a buying window that won't be around forever.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Stocks Close With Huge Gains After Four Days of Losses Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 4:56 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded from four days of losses, buoyed by a recovery in technology shares, optimism over Wal-Mart Stores' solid profit and an easing of concerns about credit losses atmajor banks.

  • Gift Cards Still Popular But Sales Growth Is Slowing Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 12:51 PM ET

    Gift cards are still at the top of everyone's wish list this holiday season, but growth is expected to slow dramatically from last year.