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  • In Supermarkets, Culture May Count More Than Cost Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | 7:19 PM ET

    Not every grocery store can do what Whole Foods is doing, Cramer said. He breaks down the latest quarter for proof of the company’s success.

  • Dow Ends Lower, Fails to Snap Losing Streak Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | 4:38 PM ET

    Stocks ended a quiet trading session largely flat, with the Dow closing slightly down to mark five straight days of losses.  Technology stocks gave a modest boost to the Nasdaq, which ended higher. 3M and Boeing fell.

  • New Big Brother: Market-Moving Satellite Images Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | 2:15 PM ET
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    As part of a growing trend among hedge funds and Wall Street firms, Cold War-style satellite surveillance is being used to gather market-moving information.

  • Stocks opened lower Monday then pared losses, following last week’s sharp decline, as investors braced for the next batch of earnings and economic data. Bob Doll, vice chairman and chief equity strategist at BlackRock, shared his outlook.

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    A smattering of secondary economic reports and several big retailers' earnings fill what could otherwise be a quiet week, in which markets sort out big moves in interest rates and currencies.

  • Position For A Jobless Recovery? Friday, 6 Aug 2010 | 5:43 PM ET

    On Friday investors were shifting into and out of positions as evidence mounted that we may be looking at a jobless recovery.

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    If you think of college students as impulsive, you may need to rethink your view, at least when it comes to making back-to-school purchases. It seems, they are doing their homework. Faced with a limited back-to-school budget, college students are putting the bulk of their dollars toward must-have electronics items, even if that means scrimping in other areas.

  • Stocks Fall Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 5 Aug 2010 | 5:02 PM ET

    Stocks ended modestly lower after an unexpected rise in initial jobless claims and disappointing July retail sales, as the market awaited the critical July employment report.

  • Stocks Slip After Jobless Jump; AmEx Skids Thursday, 5 Aug 2010 | 2:50 PM ET

    Stocks were weak Thursday after an unexpected rise in initial jobless claims and July retail sales that were mostly weak.

  • On Thursday our traders were attempting to gauge the ripple effect, after Russia said it would temporarily halt grain exports.

  • New Insights On Health Of Consumer Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 5:40 PM ET

    Investors can’t wait to get their hands on the latest retail numbers to gauge the health of the consumer and by proxy the rally.

  • Can Back-to-School Shoppers Give July Sales a Boost? Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 3:24 PM ET
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    The latest reads on consumer confidence and personal spending have provided little encouragement that shoppers are starting to spend again. However, July marks the start of back-to-school shopping, and since parents have to buy clothing for their growing children, it may give a much-needed boost to retail sales.

  • Political Ads Off Limits, Goldman Promises Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 9:58 AM ET
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    Facing pressure from critics of Wall Street to limit its role in elections, Goldman Sachs  has pledged not to spend any of its vast corporate reserves on political advertising. The NYT reports.

  • Retailers' Big Test: Picking the Right Price Monday, 2 Aug 2010 | 3:39 PM ET
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    As summer comes to an end and students go back to school, the retail industry is preparing for its first big test of the fall semester—picking the right price.

  • Uniforms Making the Grade at More Schools Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 2:16 PM ET
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    Back-to-school fashion is getting a makeover as more school districts adopt uniform dress codes.

  • Amazon Shares Plunge After Earnings Disappoint Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 5:10 PM ET
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    The online retailer's shares plunged after the company posted earnings that missed analyst expectations and revenue that barely beat forecasts.

  • On the surface they seem better than expected but stocks turned negative on Thursday, as the Street feared what lies beneath recent earnings from JPMorgan.

  • Retail Results Mixed as Consumers Hunt Bargains Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 11:08 AM ET
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    Warm weather and sales tied to the Memorial Day and Father's Day holidays helped drive shoppers to stores in June, but the heavy discounting may have hurt retail profits.

  • Retail Numbers No Game Changer Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 10:54 AM ET

    June retail sales report: better than most expected, but not a game changer. Numbers were good for the most part, but not enough to change anyone's opinion. The back half remains murky due to the macro data, which right now does not support a robust recovery.

  • Stocks End Higher After Late Rally Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 4:27 PM ET

    Stocks pulled off a gain Tuesday after a late rally as investors scooped up some bargains. Energy, techs and financials gained, while retail stocks were one of the weakest links after a downgrade on the sector.