Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Joe Feldman, senior research analyst at Telsey Advisory Group, expects Lowes to positively surprise and Target to disappoint to reflect trends highlighted by competitors' results.
Tapering of the Fed's $85 billion monthly bond purchases has been discussed for months, driving interest rates higher.
There is starting to be correlation between early-adopter retailers and those that will be the most successful. A look at some of the technologies that are having a big impact.
With Saks the latest retailer to disappoint with weaker-than-expected earnings, investors are worried about how the retail sector will fare heading into a heavy week of earnings.
The Fed gathering in Jackson Hole and the minutes of the last Fed meeting could keep markets volatile in the week ahead.
Neonic pesticides are a key part of the bee-killing problem, and "we can start to fix right now in our own backyards," a Friends of Earth researcher says.
Billionaire investor William Ackman has been tripped up by a bet that he could transform a giant retailer.
The next Burt's Bees? Dr. Zarbock, a full-time pediatrician, developed his homegrown natural remedies for treating coughs and colds into a small business empire.
Teens are shopping, but their back-to-school wish lists have changed. Many are mixing designer handbags and fast fashion, making it tough on traditional teen retailers.
Li & Fung has long been on the cutting edge of globalization, chasing cheap labor to garment factories first in China, then elsewhere in Asia, including Bangladesh.
Investors will be scanning retail earnings reports, due out over the next few weeks, for the lessons they hold about the back-to-school shopping season, the second-busiest retail period.
Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell on Thursday:
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Looking for a way to boost sales, more retailers have begun looking north in search of a less skittish Canadian consumer who doesn't have as many shopping choices.
Earnings from top retailers may not be telling the sector's full story, Steve Kernkraut of Durban Captial says.
Amid the fervor over surging gun sales at Cabela's, experts cite another reason for the company's success: Its use of customer data.
EBay unveiled a big expansion of its same-day delivery service Monday as the company battles with Amazon.com for dominance of the online local-commerce market.
The EU may deliver a blow to credit-card companies if a proposal to cap lucrative credit-card transaction fees is approved.
With a new CEO at the helm, RadioShack is out to reinvent itself and reconnect with customers that have long since turned to other retailers.