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  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 10:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. fell $2.67 or 1.8 percent, to $148.50. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 80 or 1.0 percent, to $82.77.

  • March 6- Staples Inc reported its eighth straight decline in quarterly sales, highlighting the company's need to seal its deal to buy Office Depot Inc as competition in the office supplies market intensifies. Staples struck a deal in February to buy Office Depot for $6.3 billion to better compete against Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Amazon.com Inc, which have been...

  • *Average hourly earnings rise three cents. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment growth accelerated in February and the jobless rate fell to a more than 6-1/ 2 year low of 5.5 percent, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. We think it is on the path to make a rate change in June, "said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at...

  • The outlook excludes costs related to the company's $6.3 billion acquisition of smaller rival Office Depot Inc, which is being examined by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The anti-trust watchdog is widely expected to approve the deal, which would leave the United States with a single specialty office-supplies retailer to compete with big-box chains such...

  • The update from Flint's Mass Transportation Authority is part of an effort to ease concerns that people had about getting to grocery stores on Flint's east and north sides, The Flint Journal and WEYI-TV reported. Meijer and Kroger recently announced store closing plans. Kroger closed one Flint store last year and said Wednesday that it is closing another on...

  • *Growth, investment in Africa remains lopsided, localised. Sub-Saharan Africa has achieved annual growth of more than 5 percent over the last decade, and foreign investment has more than quadrupled over the same period, feeding the popular catch phrase that Africa is' rising'. "'Africa Rising' served a purpose because it alerted people who weren't interested in...

  • *U.S. nonfarm payrolls forecast rising 240,000 in February. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment likely rose strongly in February with the jobless rate slipping, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. "The jobs picture remains extraordinary healthy," said Jacob Oubina, an economist at RBC Capital Markets in New...

  • Cramer: This X factor is ignored in your portfolio Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:13 PM ET
    A Costco store in Alhambra, Calif.

    Jim Cramer sees one portfolio x factor that could change your stock perspective from overvalued to underestimated.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $4.00 or 2.7 percent, to $151.17. Target rose$. 48 or. 6 percent, to $78.20. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 99 or 1.2 percent, to $83.57.

  • US stocks close higher ahead of key jobs report Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City.

    U.S. stocks closed higher, breaking two days of losses amid details of QE in the euro zone and anticipation of Friday's nonfarm payrolls report.

  • Power Play: Signs of a breakout in consumer spending Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    A shopper exits a Marshalls store in San Francisco, March 3, 2015.

    Things to watch for a breakout in consumer spending

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $2.94 or 2.0 percent, to $150.11. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 62 or. 8 percent, to $83.20.

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 11:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $3.38 or 2.3 percent, to $150.55. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 95 or 1.2 percent, to $83.53.

  • Ex-Toronto mayor's 'crack tie' sells for $13,000 Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:22 AM ET

    A necktie worn by disgraced former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford when he confessed to smoking crack has fetched $13,000 on eBay.

  • America's 'greenest' institutions Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:16 AM ET

    CNBC.com takes a look at 10 of the United States' biggest - and greenest - institutions.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:17 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 20 or. 1 percent, to $147.17. Target fell$. 28 or. 4 percent, to $77.72. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 79 or. 9 percent, to $82.58.

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. fell$. 79 or. 5 percent, to $146.58. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 69 or. 8 percent, to $82.68.

  • UPDATE 1-Starboard says Staples needs to "improve" board Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:49 AM ET

    March 4- Activist investor Starboard Value LP asked office supplies retailer Staples Inc to "improve" the composition of its board to complete the acquisition of Office Depot Inc and fully integrate its smaller rival. Office Depot's shares were slightly down at $9.42. The hedge fund's founder and Chief Executive Jeffrey Smith in January pushed Staples to...

  • These stocks may have more room to go Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 AM ET
    Tesoro's oil refinery in Los Angeles

    Data from eVestment shows which stocks institutional investors are getting in and out of, historically leading retail traders by 12-24 months.

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. fell $1.27 or. 9 percent, to $146.10. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fell$. 91 or 1.1 percent, to $82.46.