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  • AIG, Wal-Mart Hurt Dow as Oil Tops $120 Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 4:50 PM ET

    Stocks ended near session lows as oil ended above $120 a barrel and two Dow components missed the Street's targets.

  • Stocks Pare Losses as Oil Surrenders Gains Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 3:48 PM ET

    Stocks pared some losses Thursday afternoon as oil prices flattened out. Putting pressure on stocks today was a quartet of dismal news: a rise in jobless claims, oil's resurgence, Wal-Mart's sales miss and AIG's wider-than-expected loss.

  • Baby 'Boomlet' Gives Birth to New Opportunities Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 1:59 PM ET

    The pitter-patter of little feet and the high-pitched cries of infants may seem louder lately, but it's music to the ears of many companies that cater to infants and children.

  • Stock Picks: Here's Where To Shop Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 1:48 PM ET

    David Strasser of Banc of America Securities says there's value for the investor who shops where consumers are already shopping.

  • Wal-Mart, AIG Drag on Stocks Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower, clipped by a quartet of dismal news: a rise in jobless claims, oil's resurgence, Wal-Mart's sales miss and AIG's wider-than-expected loss.  But a better-than-expected report on home sales helped shave a few points off the decline.

  • Retailers Disappoint as Tax Check Money Runs Out Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

    Early July sales results from retailers have been disappointing, with many falling short of analyst estimates. It also appears that the benefit from tax rebate checks is beginning to wane.

  • Credit Crunch Puts Pinch on Savings: Malpass Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:40 AM ET

    Today’s consumer credit report is expected to show that the economic slowdown caused consumers to borrow less readily in June, but David Malpass, president of Encima Global, disagreed.

  • Stocks Pare Losses After Home-Sales Report Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:21 AM ET

    Stock futures fell further after a report showed jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week. Futures had already been pointing lower as oil rose nearly $3 a barrel, Wal-Mart missed sales estimates and Dow component AIG posted a wider-than-expected loss.

  • Retails Sink As Jobless Claims Rise Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 9:31 AM ET

    Futures are down nearly 10 points, not surprising given AIG, a strange but generally disappointing retail sales report, and jobless claims higher than expected.

  • Comparing Global Interest Rates Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 9:28 AM ET

    With the economic slowdown weighing more on Europe, the ECB decided to hold its interest rates at a seven-year high of 4.25%.  Here are some world interest rates as a point of comparison.

  • Your First Move For Thursday August 7th Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 11:03 PM ET

    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Tomorrow's best trades, right now!

  • Will Back-To-School Be A Bust? July Sales To Set Tone Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 1:11 PM ET

    Investors will get a glimpse of how much cash-strapped consumers are willing to spend in the key back-to-school shopping season when major U.S. retail chains release July sales results Thursday.

  • Apparel Sales Fall in July: MasterCard Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 5:19 AM ET

    U.S. sales of clothes and shoes fell in July as cash-strapped consumers cut back spending further to pay for nondiscretionary purchases such as food and gasoline, MasterCard Advisors said in a report Wednesday.

  • Consumer Discretionary Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 8:47 PM ET

    Dylan Ratigan says the oil plunge is helping consumer stocks.

  • Stocks Struggle Despite Massive Oil Plunge Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 2:00 PM ET

    Stocks were lackluster Monday despite a massive move downward for oil, as worries persisted over inflation and the nation's beaten-up housing and mortgage markets.

  • Exxon's $11.6 Billion is NOT a Windfall Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | 10:05 AM ET

    So Exxon Mobil has just broken its own record again, reporting a mind-boggling $11.6 billion profit on $138 billion in sales. Windfall? Nope: Microsoft is three times more profitable than Exxon.

  • Buy Jones Apparel Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 3:30 PM ET

    This stock has outshined its peers. Plus, calls on Chesapeake, AT&T, Owens Corning and more.

  • Skip In Their Step Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 6:15 PM ET

    Amid the gloom of higher gas prices and a slumping housing market there appears to be a ray of hope.

  • Bear-Market Survival: Buy Big Names Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 2:01 PM ET

    Barry James is looking to some well-known large-cap names to see him through the bear market.

  • Sell Block: Martha's Marvelous Again Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 8:04 PM ET

    Wall Street may not think so, but Cramer does. Here's why.