Earnings growth is modest at best as companies have struggled to show rising revenue. The dollar is a big part of the problem. So is economic weakness in Europe and China.
Stocks are lower again as disappointing guidance from the world's largest retailer weighed on the Dow and sentiment in general.
Bribery investigations and lackluster sales dog the world's largest retailer.
The Fed may be forced to purchase more assets to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.
Even though fewer people have pets, owners are still willing to spend plenty on them. PetSmart's earnings Wednesday prove this trend continues.
Just because they are fierce competitors doesn't mean these two big-box retailers are the same kind of investments. Should investors own both?
Shoppers have only themselves to blame for earlier sale times at Wal-Mart and Target.
Shares fall nearly 13% as investors continue to be skeptical about CEO Ron Johnson's turnaround strategy. To entice shoppers during the holidays, Penney will give away buttons with codes that could lead to prizes such as a Disneyland trip.
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