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The 2007 Holiday shopping season was anything by merry for most retailers. 63% of stores fell short of already low expectations. Is there a trade here?
Kevin O'Marah, chief strategist at AMR Research, has developed a unique "supply-chain strategy" -- and uses it to compile a Top 25 stocks list that beat the 2007 market hands-down.
Stocks rallied to close higher after a report that Bank of America is in advanced talks to buy troubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial.
The American consumer is cutting back--even at the most important (and typically extravagant) spending times of the year. That's the one clear headline from all the recent retail numbers. Markdowns ate profits, that's also clear. But figuring out just what's going on with the consumer involves a few shades of gray...
Big box retailers like Wal-Mart and Costco saw sales that exceeded expectations, but most niche retailers saw their sales drop or saw sales grow less than expected.
Consumer spending didn't slow down that much but apparently consumer bill paying has. Look at Capital One. The company is taking a $1.9 billion provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter and cut its full year profit forecast by more than 20 percent, blaming rising consumer loan losses and higher legal reserves.
Disappointing. Challenging. Uncertain. Short of expectations. Those are the words most heard from companies in this morning's December same store sales report. Large companies like Macy's, Gap, Abercrombie, and Ann Taylor reported sales below expectations.
Wal-Mart Stores reported a 2.4 percent rise in December sales at U.S. stores open at least a year, helped by strong sales of food.
J. Sainsbury, Britain's third-largest supermarket group, said its sales rose and gave a relatively upbeat view of consumer spending, bucking the trend of retailers' gloomy predictions.
Retailers are expected to report weak December sales Thursday. What’s the trade going forward?
Goldman Sachs analysts say stock investors should look to larger cap and defensive sectors as a way to play the uncertainty of presidential primary season. While they say the major party nominees should become clear by "Super Duper Tuesday," there is greater electoral and policy uncertainty in this Presidential race because there are no incumbents running.
The first days of the New Year bring Citigroup's Citi Investment Research Top Picks: The bank polled each of its fundamental analysts on a single best money-making idea for 2008, with the option of an additional small-cap pick. Citi says its 2007 list produced an average share price return of 16.7 percent, well ahead of the Standard and Poor's 500 average of 4.2 percent.
The markets closed the week mostly flat on rising oil, global tensions and dismal housing numbers. Find out where the traders think you can make money next week.
Wal-Mart Stores Incquietly canceled its online video download service less than ayear after the site went live, a company spokeswoman saidThursday.
Shoppers jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to scoop up bargains. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.
It's later than you think: Today is the last day to buy online at big box.com stores like Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon in time for regular Christmas delivery. E-commerce is drawing more customers than ever before.
Holiday 2007 hasn't even happened yet but buyers and retailers are beginning to stock the shelves and clothing racks for 2008. With that in mind, I put together a list of some of the biggest questions that the retail industry is mulling over right now that will affect 2008.
What's the trade as wholesale prices post their biggest 1-month jump since 1973?
Last holiday shopping season, Wal-Mart was struggling to get sales on track as lower-income shoppers snubbed its efforts to imitate smaller rival Target by stocking its stores with trendy but cheap products. This year, it's Target that is struggling.
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.