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Consumer Discretionary Consumer Durables and Apparel

  • NEW YORK, July 20- Stocks ended little changed on Wall Street on Thursday as a deal between Sears and Amazon weighed on home improvement retailers while gains in Microsoft helped buoy the Nasdaq. Retailers and appliance makers fell after Sears said it would sell its Kenmore home appliances on Amazon and integrate the brand's smart gadgets with the online...

  • *Sears soars after Amazon deal to sell Kenmore appliances. *Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe's fall on Sears-Amazon deal. July 20- The S&P and the Dow traded little changed in early afternoon session on Thursday, weighed by a drop in retailers and tepid earnings from some big names, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq edged higher.

  • *Stock set for best day in about 4 months. July 20- Sears Holdings Corp's shares soared as much as 24 percent after the struggling retailer said it would sell its Kenmore home appliances on Amazon.com and integrate the brand's smart gadgets with the online giant's Alexa digital assistant. The deal to sell Alexa-activated devices could provide a modest boost to...

  • *Home Depot fall weighs on Dow, S&P. *Sears soars after Amazon deal to sell Kenmore appliances. July 20- U.S. stocks traded little changed in late morning session on Thursday, struggling to hold on to the record highs on the S&P and the Nasdaq, weighed by a drop in consumer discretionary stocks and disappointing earnings by some big names.

  • July 20- Sears Holdings Corp's shares soared 20 percent after the struggling retailer said it would sell its Kenmore home appliances on Amazon.com and integrate the brand's smart gadgets with the online giant's Alexa digital assistant. The deal will expand the distribution reach of Kenmore products, potentially giving a fillip to the company's sales, which...

  • July 20- Sears Holdings Corp said its Kenmore brand of home appliances would now be available on Amazon.com, sending the struggling retailer's shares up 7 percent in premarket trading on Thursday. The retailer also said it had integrated "smart" appliances from the Kenmore brand, such as connected room air conditioners, with Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant...

  • STOCKHOLM, July 19- Home appliance maker Electrolux reported its best quarterly operating margin in almost seven years boosted by strong progress in its biggest market, North America, sending its shares up 6 percent to a record high. The maker of white goods under brands such as Frigidaire, AEG and Zanussi as well as its own name has been squarely focused on...

  • LONDON, July 19- A slew of upbeat updates from European firms helped regional indexes rise in early deals on Wednesday and recoup some of the previous session's sharp losses. Falls among mining firms weighed on Britain's FTSE 100, which declined 0.1 percent, while mid caps were flat in percentage terms as utility Drax Group dropped 6 percent after reporting a...

  • Private equity firm Sycamore Partners came closest to acquiring Abercrombie, but could not meet the company's valuation expectations, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. American Eagle had also looked at striking a deal for Abercrombie in partnership with private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, sources previously told Reuters.

  • *Korea Inc says to invest $12.8 billion in U.S. in five years. But Moon, who will be accompanied by more than 50 South Korean business leaders, is also expected to face pressure to address his country's large trade surplus with the United States. Samsung's investment news was followed up by a statement from South Korea's biggest business lobby that 52 companies...

  • *Korea Inc says to invest $12.8 billion in U.S. in five years. But Moon, who will be accompanied by more than 50 South Korean business leaders, is also expected to face pressure to address his country's large trade surplus with the United States. Samsung's investment news was followed up by a statement from South Korea's biggest business lobby that 52 companies...

  • SEOUL, June 28- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has agreed to open a $380 million home appliance manufacturing plant in the United States, in South Carolina, it said on Wednesday. The South Korean firm had launched talks to build a factory in the United States as worries about protectionist policies under U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement on...

  • A sold sign stands outside a new home in the D.R. Horton Cambridge at Southbury development in Oswego, Illinois.

    Credit Suisse starts its price target for D.R. Horton shares at $38, representing 14 percent upside from Thursday's close.

  • DETROIT, June 20- Whirlpool Corp, the world's largest maker of home appliances, said on Tuesday that Jeff Fettig will step down on Oct. 1 after 13 years as chief executive and will be replaced by the firm's current chief operating officer, Marc Bitzer. "Jeff has done an exceptional job over a long and successful career," said Robert Wetenhall, an analyst at RBC Capital...

  • DETROIT, June 20- Whirlpool Corp, the world's largest maker of home appliances, said on Tuesday that Jeff Fettig will step down as chief executive on Oct. 1 and will be replaced by the firm's chief operating officer, Marc Bitzer.

  • FRANKFURT, June 20- Growth in German sales of robotics and automation equipment, an engine of the country's export-driven economy, is expected to accelerate to 7 percent this year, lifted by demand from foreign manufacturers. Germany exported 57 percent of its robotics and automation equipment last year, with China accounting for 10 percent of sales, making it...

  • FRANKFURT, June 20- Growth in German sales of robotics and automation equipment, an engine of the country's export-driven economy, is expected to accelerate to 7 percent this year, lifted by demand from foreign manufacturers. Germany exported 57 percent of its robotics and automation equipment last year, with China accounting for 10 percent of sales, making it...

  • SHANGHAI, June 20- Foreign investors are betting U.S. index publisher MSCI will finally agree to include China- listed shares in its emerging markets benchmark this week, stepping up their buying of Chinese blue-chips that could gain from inclusion in the index. In May, overseas investors bought a net 19.8 billion yuan of mainland shares via the "Connect" schemes...

  • TORONTO, June 1- Athletic apparel maker Lululemon Athletica Inc on Thursday said it would close most of its money-losing Ivivva girls stores and boost investment in its online business as it reported quarterly profit that beat analysts' forecasts. The company forecast full-year net revenue of $2.53 billion to $2.58 billion, below its previous guidance of...

  • The company reported adjusted per-share profit of 32 cents in the first quarter ended April 30, beating the 27 cent average forecast of analysts, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company said it would close 40 Ivivva stores, out of a total of 55, and expected to take $50 million and $60 million in Ivivva restructuring charges in fiscal 2017, including...