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  • Expectations that the Fed will take swift action lifted the Dow above 11,000. But if it's priced in, how should you position now?

  • Woman shopping

    A late burst of back-to-school shopping helped many U.S. retail chains to top analysts' estimates in September.

  • Woman shopping for clothing

    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.

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    Retailers turned in surprisingly strong monthly sales reports in August, as sales-tax-free holidays and discounting coaxed shoppers to open their wallets and stock up on back-to-school items.

  • Gap jeans

    Discounters and department stores are expected to fare well when retailers issue their monthly sales reports Thursday, as consumers look for one-stop shopping to stock up on school supplies and clothing. Which retailers are heading to the top of the class? A look at analysts' estimates.

  • Ag stocks rallied following a pick-up in merger activity Tuesday, but is it enough to push the overall market higher?

  • Stocks ended higher  Tuesday with the Dow gaining more than 100 points to  snap a five-day losing streak. The rally followed a series of government data releases and earnings reports that showed hints of strength returning to the economy.  Home Depot jumped, RIM slipped.

  • Stocks advanced decisively Tuesday, with Dow on track to snap a five-day losing streak. The rally followed a series of government data releases and earnings reports that showed hints of strength returning to the economy.  Home Depot jumped, RIM slipped.

  • Plus, get calls on retail, tech and more.

  • Abercrombie, down 8 percent, beat estimates and posted a decent 5 percent increase in same store sales, but inventory levels, up 47 percent, were a shocker.

  • Stocks rose significantly Tuesday after days of losses, following a series of government data releases and earnings reports that showed hints of strength returning to the economy. Home Depot gains, Kraft slips.

  • This is going to be one nail-biter of a back to school season: It looks like the consumer is going to buy VERY LATE. And by the way, the largest pure-play potash producer in North America is not Potash, it's Intrepid Potash (IPI), which also traded up about 12 percent pre-open.

  • U.S. stock index futures are higher after the government released data on  industriarl production, capacity utilization, housing starts and the July Producer Price Index. WalMart and Home Depot reported better-than-expected results.

  • Shoppers have been flocking to TJX's stores in this rough economy, and now the call buyers are coming along as well.

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    Inflation and housing data, and big retail earnings could be factors that help stir up a quiet summer market Tuesday.

  • Here’s our Fast Money Final Trade, where the traders give you the best plays for Tuesday.

  • 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.