Strong earnings lift Ross Stores

California retailer has benefited from trend for bargain hunting

Equity bulls face slowing share buybacks

Hopes rise that spare cash is now being spent on organic growth

Sears ‘unacceptable’ results hit retailer

Admission wiped 7% from value of company

‘Fear gauge’ loses its punching power

Vix index a handy ‘buying on the dip’ indicator for equity bulls

Lowe’s trims sales hopes but holds ground

DIY chain stuck to its annual profit forecast

M&A boom must evolve to create growth

Expansion in labour and investment must be the aim of mergers

Home Depot benefits from DIY resurgence

Shares climbed almost 6% on strong sales and earnings

Airlines take flight as crude oil prices ease

S&P 500 closes on best day in more than a week

Retailers retreat as discounts hit margins

US equities remain flat after reports of Ukraine clash

Wall Street bulls climb wall of worry

Positive signs that S&P 500 revenue growth is coming

Utilities climb amid appetite for haven assets

US equity markets gain after jobless claims data

Department stores slip on Macy’s warning

US equity markets firm despite softer economic data

Alibaba overhauls its Alipay relationship

Restructuring eliminates cap on potential gain in any Alipay IPO

Intercept surges on liver treatment trial

US equity markets shift lower after two days of gains

BuzzFeed inspires listicle of caution

Shares are pricey and there are risks of a Silicon Valley bubble

Tesla powered higher by expansion plans

US equity markets remain on firmer footing

Bull run shows signs of exhaustion

Broad-based sell-off triggered mainly by geopolitical concerns

McDonald’s investors lose appetite

Sales down in US and Asia after China food safety scare

Basketball catches CBS on the rebound

CNN acquisition ‘not going to happen’, says chief Moonves

Volatile trading upsets US listing plans

Seven IPOs were pulled in July, the most since November 2012