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Stocks fluctuated in the final hour of the session, adding back losses even as oil prices continued to fall amid rumors involving Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. HP fell, while GE rose.
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Stocks traded mixed Thursday as investors remained focused on the events in the Middle East, and shrugged off largely positive economic news. HP fell, Chevron gained.
Inflation jitters in Asia and soaring oil are shaping Thursday's market.
Stock index futures turned positive after news of an unexpected fall in jobless claims and a jump in durable goods order, as investors remained skittish by spreading unrest in the Middle East.
See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.
Now that the much-anticipated pullback has arrived, traders are debating how low the skittish stock market can go. But one thing's for sure: It'll have a lot to do with oil.
Are Wal-Mart's problems about to become everyone else's? Probably not, and that may be the most telling statement about where Wal-Mart is at this moment in time. It used to be, if Wal-Mart wanted to be more aggressive, other retailers needed to look out.
Geopolitical events are going to be in focus over the next two weeks, said Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services.
While many analysts expect holiday sales numbers to be strong, Wall Street is expecting earnings conference calls next week to serve more as inflation strategy sessions than as quarterly reviews.
Thirteen retailers will give quarterly results next week, but which retail name has pricing power? The "Fast Money" traders discuss.
Retailers such as JCPenney, Target and Walgreens are partnering with magazines like Glamour, PeopleStyleWatch and Modern Bride to leverage their fashion authority to help sell everything from tops to bridal gowns to lipstick.
Fears that winter weather would result in disappointing retail sales may have been overblown, as several retailers have not only reported better-than-expected monthly sales reports, they are also raising fourth-quarter earnings estimates.
January retail sales surprise mostly to the upside, with little whining about the weather. They did it again: despite a lack of clearance inventory, tough comps, and snowstorms, most retailers posted gains in January.
Chances are you'll be watching the big game on a smaller-sized, lower-priced LCD set, even if the picture quality isn't as good as its rival. In the cutthroat, deflationary world of consumer electronics, the debate over which flat-panel TV technology is superior has taken a backseat to price.
Retail stocks were on the trader radar, after Dillard’s hit a 52-week high, on news that the store planned to form a REIT subsidiary.
With or without Steve Jobs, Cramer is still bullish on this tech giant.
Reflecting a major shift in the way Americans shop for food, retailers better known for selling clothes or aspirin, including Walgreens, CVS/Pharmacy and Target, are expanding in a big way into the grocery business, with fresh produce, frozen meats and, yes, even sushi.
Will our neighbors to the north be as enthusiastic about Target as their American cousins?
But does the expansion alone make TGT a buy? The "Fast" traders weigh in.