Week in Preview: Retail Earnings in the Spotlight

Many of America's best-known retailers, including Walmart, Home Depot and JCPenney, will be stepping into the earnings spotlight this week. Their reports come on the heels of disappointing January retail sales numbers from the Commerce Department.

Face-Off on Stocks: Macy's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's

The nation's three biggest department-store operators have been disproportionately pinched by the downturn in consumer spending. That's what happens when you're stuck in the middle of the retail-price spectrum during a period of sagging home values and lofty unemployment.

Can the retailers get much worse?

Anytime investors think that things could not get worse for retailers, more news emerges that confirms their darkest fears about the sector. Lowes...