Target generally had lower prices in the first three months of the year. But April was a different story.
Keep an eye on funds tracking silver, agriculture, construction, retail and the Dow.
The retail heavyweights hope to offset struggling domestic sales with overseas growth.
Solid earnings from Macy's and Kohl's tell us consumers are thriving. Bet on more of the same from Home Depot, Target and Lowe's next week.
Some of the biggest names in consumer sales are forgoing traditional e-commerce to push sales directly via their Facebook accounts.
Retailers want that information for reasons that may not be apparent to you.
After April's rough patch, retailers have regained their footing, utilities are hopping and we are finally getting credit for Friday's terrific jobs number.
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