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  • Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks fell Thursday as investors weighed strong signs of an economy on the mend against increasing worries over Egypt and signs pointing to an end to the recent rally.  Merck and Alcoa fell, while Bank of America gained.

  • Shoppers on Broadway in the snow

    Fears that winter weather would result in disappointing retail sales may have been overblown, as several retailers have not only reported better-than-expected monthly sales reports, they are also raising fourth-quarter earnings estimates.

  • January retail sales surprise mostly to the upside, with little whining about the weather. They did it again: despite a lack of clearance inventory, tough comps, and snowstorms, most retailers posted gains in January.

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    Chances are you'll be watching the big game on a smaller-sized, lower-priced LCD set, even if the picture quality isn't as good as its rival.  In the cutthroat, deflationary world of consumer electronics, the debate over which flat-panel TV technology is superior has taken  a backseat to price.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Supermarket sales reached $437 billion in 2009, according to  2010 Consumer Expenditures Study. It marked a modest 1.6 percent sales gain year-over-year, but it was the first time in five years that supermarket sales didn't exceed the gain of the prior year.The economic downturn certainly impacted the supermarket business, with American consumers cutting back on almost all purchases. Had it not been for some of the product groups on the following list—those that consumers rely on in good and bad

    Click to see what American consumers continued to put in their shopping carts even as the economy faltered.

  • It’s estimated that approximately 500 to 600 new drink brands were launched in the U.S. market last year, all vying for coveted shelf space in supermarkets, independent and regional chains, convenience stores, and health food stores across the country. Walk down any grocery store beverage aisle, however, and you’ll see that it’s slim pickings when it comes to ready-to-drink beverage choices, so it’s no wonder that few brands survive and make it to the “mainstream.”

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    Even though consumers slowed down on purchases during the period between June 2009 and June 2010, profits increased, according to a report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and STORES Media released on Sunday.

  • Shoppers take a break at the Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, Texas.

    Despite reporting some of the strongest sales gains in four years, retailers largely fell short of Wall Street's estimates as a still-cautious consumer spent their money carefully, and a Northeast blizzard stole from post-Christmas sales.

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    Retail is a 'lead indictor for the S&P' and the broader market,  David Berman,  president of the retail-based hedge fund Durban Capital, told CNBC on Wednesday.  'Everyone gets excited about department stores, the problem is that they are really on a long-term death spiral.'

  • Shoppers stop to look at the newly decorated Christmas floor at KADEWE department store in Berlin, Germany.

    Heading into Thursday's batch of retail sales reports, expectations are high that retailers will report their strongest sales in four years. However, as BJ's Wholesale's report showed Wednesday, there are sure to be some misses here and there.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Futures have see-sawed this morning ahead of the Fed’s last meeting of the year today. S&P futures dropped a notable 4 points around 8am ET as Best Buy’s poor earnings rattled investors.

  • Stocks trimmed gains and turned mixed amid light volume Monday as retailers, and technology stocks slipped amid a market generally gaining support from M&A activity and as the market awaited word out of Washington on extending the Bush-era tax cuts. Caterpillar and Chevron rose, while HP fell.

  • Stocks turned mixed Monday as retailers were among the few sectors to struggle amid a market generally gaining support from M&A activity as well as the lack of an expected interest rate hike in China. Caterpillar and Walt Disney rose, while Intel fell.

  • Stocks traded modestly higher as deal activity lifted investor sentiment, and as the market awaited the expected approval of Bush-era tax cuts. Caterpillar and Disney fell, while HP rose. hr<!-- -->

  • Stocks traded higher Monday ahead of the expected approval of Bush-era tax cuts. How should investors be positioned? Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group and Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial shared their insights.

  • Stocks ended modestly higher Wednesday as the dollar rose and Treasurys hit six-month highs on fears the economy would heat up under the tax plan under consideration in Washington. BofA rose, McDonald's fell.