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Retail Stocks Are a Bad Buy: Why the Rally Won't Last

The stock market's recent bounce has a lot of folks looking for a piece of the action. And with retail stocks shooting up faster than average, but still cheaper than a year ago, some analysts say now's the time to buy them. They're wrong. Here's why:

9 Big Companies That Will Disappear in 2012

As surprising as it may seem to many of us when large corporations with familiar brands vanish suddenly from the scene, it happens. Major companies like Saab, Borders, and Countrywide -- just to same a recent few -- are now history. Who's next? Read on ...

Why You Need to Be Your Own Stock Analyst

Sell-side analysts are often criticized for acting too slowly when it come to downgrading companies and lowering estimates. That means if you rely on the experts, you'll be reacting late too.

5 Things to Watch: From Dollars to Doughnuts

There's never a dull moment on Wall Street, especially with the holiday season under way. Among the items that will shape this week: Cyber Monday, Nook Tablets falling and doughnuts rising, digital tunes playing and retailers facing the music.

Odd Couple Stocks to Balance Your Portfolio's Qi

Chinese medicine postulates the existence of qi, a circulating life force whose properties must be balanced for optimal health. Take a page from eastern philosophy and consider investing in these pairings of complementary stocks to strengthen your portfolio.

5 Things to Watch on Wall St. Next Week

Now more than ever, there's never a dull moment on Wall Street. Next week will bring plenty of critical headlines, from a panoply of retail earnings reports to Pandora's first results as a public company. Read on for a complete preview of the news to come.

Aeropostale: Cheap Clothes, Cheaper Stock

Aeropostale, the cheap-but-stylish clothing store for young teens, is sitting squarely in the stock market's bargain bin. The company has encountered some setbacks of late, sending its share price down. But none of its problems should prove lasting, and Aeropostale has three noteworthy opportunities right now.

Are There Any Bargain Stocks in Teen Retail?

Despite the dismal economy, some investors have been snapping up teen retail stocks, driving their prices higher. But the combination of high fashion and high prices doesn't necessarily earn a company a premium price tag, or a place in a well-managed portfolio. Keep these metrics in mind to separate the bargains from the poseurs.

Retail Watchers Upbeat on Back-to-School Outlook

Firecracker remnants may still dot the nation's sidewalks, but retail forecasters are already talking about back-to-school shopping season -- and they're happy to do so. The improved economic environment is setting the stage for sales gains in everything from tablet computers to bold-colored jeans.

The Financial Landscape: Debt Woes, Hedge Fund Regs

Politicians in both Greece and the U.S. are struggling to find the common ground necessary to keep their governments from defaulting on their debts; QE2 hasn't ended yet, and already the Fed is considering QE3; and the SEC finally starts to regulate Wall Street's hedge funds.

Summer Spendin': Who Wins When School's Out?

Summer vacation has hardly begun, and the chorus of "buy me, buy me" is already at full volume in homes across the country. And parents can only say no to so many of those requests. So which companies are gong to benefit from the school break? DailyFinance has a few ideas.

Seven Retailers on the Financial Brink

Borders isn't the only retailer hoping for a little financial relief these days. It's been a difficult few years for U.S. retailers and even those...

November Sales Put Retailers in a Merry Mood

Major retailers got an early Christmas present this year: Better-than expected November sales. The nation's largest merchants posted 6% sales growth in November compared to 2009, far ahead of the 3% to 4% growth forecast by most analysts. But holiday shoppers are expected to continue their bargain hunting in December.

Up or Down: 5 Retailing Leaders -- and 5 Laggards

Some merchants adjusted quickly to the "new normal" of penny-pinching shoppers, but others are still struggling with shrinking consumer budgets or headwinds they were fighting before the bottom fell out. Here's a look at the two groups that are going in two different directions.

American Eagle Reports Earnings of 5 Cents Per Share

Clothing company American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) reported second quarter earnings of 5 cents per diluted share, down from 14 cents per diluted share a year earlier. The company recorded $18 million of pre-tax closure charges related to the closing of its MARTIN OSA business in the second quarter, American Eagle said in statement. Income from continuing operations dropped to $26 million, from $37 million a year earlier.

How Shopkick Aims to Kick Off a 'Geo-Retailing' Revolution

Shopkick has generated a lot of buzz recently for its smartphone app that combines location-based features with shopping. Soon, Shopkick hopes, when you walk into any of hundreds of retailers, their app will alert you to deals at that store, and reward you with 'Kickbucks' just for being there.

Foreign Firms Were Upbeat about Haiti Before Quake

Of the many ironies of last week's earthquake in Haiti, this one is the cruelest: In the months before the disaster, international officials believed the outlook for the Western Hemisphere's poorest country was starting to improve. U.S. and South Korean firms were considering expanding operations there.

Talk about a Bleak Friday

Ouch.That's what retailers across the country were thinking Thursday after the sector collectively fell on its face -- everyone from Wal-Mart to...