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    Many of the toys we combed through for our holiday toy slideshow were priced low, which is fitting, given the cost-consciousness that reigns among consumers these days.

  • Update: JC Penney's New Poison Pill Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 11:07 AM ET
    J.C. Penney

    J.C. Penney has put in a poison pill that prevents any other shareholder of exceeding a 10 percent stake in the company.

  • Patty Edwards:  Santa Gets a Boost from Banks? Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 11:23 AM ET

    Fast trader and retail queen Patty Edwards thinks this holiday may be better than the Street thinks. Get her latest retail trades in this web exclusive post!

  • Commentary: Changes on the Way for Wal-Mart Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 4:22 PM ET
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    The economy had a modest recovery and Wal-Mart made some missteps. Now, the message from its investor meeting on Wednesday was clear: things are changing and things are getting better.

  • Stocks Close With Modest Gains on Fed News Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 4:56 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher after losing ground in the last few minutes of the session following the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes indicating the central bank would step in to stimulate the economy "before long."  Bank of America and Alcoa rose, while Verizon fell.

  • Stocks Pare Gains Ahead of Close Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stocks lost ground in the last few minutes of the session, although remained higher, following the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes indicating the central bank would step in to stimulate the economy "before long."

  • Wal-Mart Analyst Meeting Today: What Happened to Sales? Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 11:36 AM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores is holding an analyst day today. Investors will use the chance to get to know Bill Simon better — he has been running the USA division only since June. Here are the issues being mentioned by traders...

  • Bill Ackman, the noted activist investor with a noticeably mixed track record when it comes to investing in retail is at it again.

  • Stocks Close Mixed Ahead of Jobs News Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 4:47 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed after a volatile session as investors cautiously anticipated  monthly jobs data and third-quarter earnings reports. Alcoa and Verizon fell, while GE and DuPont rose.

  • Stocks Fall Modestly Ahead of Close; GE Rises Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 3:52 PM ET

    Stocks were modestly lower ahead of the closing bell, ending a volatile session marked by a handful of encouraging economic reports, a rising dollar, and investor caution ahead of quarterly earnings reports and monthly jobs data. Verizon and Alcoa fell, while GE rose.

  • Is Shopping Headed for a Pre-Christmas Slump? Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 3:02 PM ET

    Welcome to the new reality: consumers want to—or have to—pay in cash, and that means it's time to starting pinching pennies to save up for holiday gifts.

  • Stocks Retreat as Materials Fall, Utilities Rise Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Stocks were mixed Thursday as the Dow backed off after nearing striking distance of 11,000 for the first time since May.  Pfizer and GE rose, while AT&T fell.

  • Many Retailers Topping Views on Late School Shopping Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 10:47 AM ET
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    A late burst of back-to-school shopping helped many U.S. retail chains to top analysts' estimates in September.

  • Retail & Earnings: Winners, Losers — and Why Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 10:33 AM ET

    September same store sales are in, and the vast majority have to be pleasantly surprised... How surprised? Overall, September same store sales are up 2.7 percent, versus expectations of 2.3 percent, according to RetailMetrics.

  • Futures Rise After Jobless Claims Report Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 9:17 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Thursday and gold powered ahead as investors remained cautious at the start of earnings season, which kicks off after the bell with numbers from Alcoa.

  • Retail Sales Prep: Retailers Hitting a Rising Bar Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 1:03 PM ET
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    A late burst of back-to-school shopping will likely help sales at U.S. retail chains in September, according to the latest analyst forecasts.

  • Retail sales continued to grow in September at a pace that was roughly equal to that in August, providing some reassurance that consumers are continuing to spend, albeit in a cautious manner, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Ear To The Wall: iPad Coming To Walmart? Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 5:47 PM ET

    With new media grabbling greater market share, how will big media be affected?

  • Web Extra: Target Vs Walmart Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 6:24 PM ET

    Should you rethink a position in Target after Credit Suisse downgraded shares to “Neutral” from “Outperform"?

  • Stocks Close Near Highs After See-Saw Session Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 4:10 PM ET

    Stocks ended near session highs on Tuesday as investors considered the impact of the Fed's next moves to bolster the economy as well as weak reports on the economy. Pfizer and Intel  rose, Cisco and P&G fell.