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  • Dow Drops Over 400 Amid Economic Worries

    Stocks continued to slide Thursday as worries about the economy -- and its impact on earnings -- outweighed enthusiasm for big rate cuts in Europe.

  • Holiday Stocks: Some Surprises (Part 2)

    Holiday shopping looks bleak for U.S.  department stores, but there will be some exceptions, says David Strasser of Banc of America Securities.

  • Stocks That May Grow — When The S&P Falls

    Scotsman Capital's Charles Crane is buying companies he thinks will deliver earnings growth next year — even if overall S&P 500 earnings drop 20% or more. That takes Crane into a variety of sectors.

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    To win more market share during the crucial holiday selling season, Wal-Mart said it will introduce new price cuts every week until Christmas...

  • Stocks Slide as Economic Woes Trump Rate Cuts

    Stocks continued to slide Thursday as worries about the economy -- and its impact on earnings -- outweighed enthusiasm for big rate cuts in Europe.

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    Holiday Outlook Gloomier After Weak October Sales

    Retailers are reporting some of the weakest sales in more than a decade as consumer spending dried up in October amid the uncertainty brought on by the financial crisis and mounting layoffs.

  • Rate Cut Fails to Lift Futures Higher

    Futures were poised to add to post-election losses, as intensified worries about the global economy outweighed a sharp Bank of England interest rate drop.

  • Econ, Earnings Numbers End Up Worse Than Expected

    The most important fact about the economic and earnings data in the past couple weeks is that it has generally been worse than the already lowered numbers predicted. We have seen this again this morning, with the exception of the Productivity number.

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead

    Thursday's chain store sales numbers could set the tone for a market obsessed with the weakening economy.

  • Get Ready—Same Store Retail Sales Will Be Awful

    Last week, analysts finally woke up and began aggressively cutting same store sales. As always, they have been late and the stock market has moved ahead of them.

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    Lower gas prices could provide a lift to what are otherwise predicted to be dismal U.S. holiday sales, but experts say it will take some time for consumers to feel confident enough about the troubled economy to resume spending.

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    Facing the weakest holiday season in nearly two decades, retailers and the vendors who keep their shelves stocked are walking a fine line between helping each other stay afloat and protecting their profits.

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    Requests for help from top U.S. corporate charities has risen sharply, but spending in 2009 by some of America's largest foundations is likely to be flat as the companies behind them weather the global financial crisis.

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    U.S. retail chains may report some of their worst monthly sales results this week as the global financial crisis leaves its mark on ordinary consumers, casting new doubt on holiday season sales.

  • Stocks Start November With Barely a Flutter

    Stocks were mixed Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • Election Keeps Stocks on Hold; Chips Rise

    Stocks were mixed Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • Quick Market Stats: Weekly & Monthly Data

    For the first time in history,the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ finished the week up over 10%.  Despite the gains this week, all major indices ended the month sharply lower.

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    OMG! Xmas Sales Are Starting Already

    Take off that Sarah Palin mask and get your shop on because retailers are desperate this year and they've rolled out some hefty sales before the first little pirate or princess even hits the doorbell.

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    Retailers Offer All the Frills, at Half the Price

    Already have the kids’ clothes for your holiday pictures? If you do, you might want to look again because that suit or dress is probably on sale, at a steep discount.

  • Sell Block: Pet Cemetery

    Instead of Fido’s final resting place, a major retailer in the industry might be headed to the graveyard thanks to Wal-Mart.