apparel stocks

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.

Polo Ralph Lauren Shares Could Soon Be Riding Higher

The recession hardly made a dent in Polo Ralph Lauren's upward sales progress, so it should have tremendous leverage in advancing in the economic recovery that's increasingly gaining traction. The shares hit a 52-week high on April 14.