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  • Back to school

    Retailers shouldn't worry about back-to-school spending, the shoppers will be there. It's what may come next that is the concern.

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

  • 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.

  • Shoppers

    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.

  • According to CNBC’s Kate Kelly, Goldman Sachs could spin off at least part of its proprietary trading operations as early as this month. Should you buy now?

  • Can the market possibly continue to climb when P&G, Colgate and other giants suggest the consumer is cutting back?

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • 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.

  • S&P 500 futures moved up a couple points as initial jobless claims were slightly lower than expected, as was the continuing claims number.

  • Family Dollar's conservative guidance: is this what Q3 guidance will look like? All the discount retailers are flat to down today as Family Dollar (FDO) provided guidance for the current quarter (Q4) that is below Street consensus ($0.46 to $0.51 vs. Street estimates of $0.53). The conference call, mostly with CFO Ken Smith, was very instructive...

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • With little progress on the overall jobs front, the consumer has ultimately remained very cautious, spurring more tepid spending over the past couple of months. Here is a look at the drop in the major retail stocks since the Morgan Stanley Retail Index hit a two-year high on April 26, 2010.

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  • By Friday's close the S&P had fallen below 1,070, a level which had been considered support. How much farther is the S&P going to fall?

  • In the wake of lackluster same-store sales results, should you put any retailers on your radar?

  • Whatever you’re thinking, just know that Wednesday’s move doesn’t qualify.

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    With women growing tired of their over-worn wardrobes and the economy slowly ticking higher, sales of fashion accessories rose 17 percent in the first quarter, after ending the year 10 percent lower in 2009, according to an industry study.

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