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  1. August 15, 2014

    Retailers retreat as discounting hits margins

    The US retail sector weakened on Friday as discounting continued to weigh on margins of some of the country’s largest...

  2. August 14, 2014

    Investors warm to rise in JC Penney sales

    JC Penney appeared on Thursday to be the winner in this week’s earnings battle between US department stores. The company,...

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  1. August 14, 2014

    Utilities climb amid appetite for haven assets

    Utilities led a languid trading day as markets digested stagnant European economic activity as a drop in yields on German...

  2. August 13, 2014

    Department stores slip on Macy’s warning

    Shares in US department store operators slipped after one of the country’s largest chains warned an improving second half...

  3. May 20, 2014

    Retailers drag Wall Street lower

    US retailers lagged behind the broader market as results from some of the industry’s most watched companies fell short of...

  4. May 16, 2014

    Department stores surge amid spring recovery

    Shares in Nordstrom and JC Penney, department store groups operating at opposite ends of the spectrum, surged after both...

  5. May 15, 2014

    JC Penney shares surge as sales improve

    JC Penney shares rose almost 17 per cent on Friday morning after the US department store group reported first-quarter sales...

  6. May 15, 2014

    JC Penney: swing changes

    Think of JC Penney as the hack golfer who foolishly tried to change his swing only to regress to a bigger handicap rating....

  7. April 29, 2014

    Sprint’s strength lifts telecoms sector

    Investor focus on the US telecoms sector ratcheted higher on Tuesday after strong results from the country’s third-largest...

  8. March 24, 2014

    Delaware judge calls for end to ‘deluge’ of activist votes

    Activist hedge funds and institutional investors have never wielded so much influence on company boards but the trend is in...

  9. March 11, 2014

    Weak sales dog teen-focused Urban Outfitters

    Shares in retailers slumped on Tuesday as two of the largest teen outlets, American Eagle Outfitters and Urban Outfitters,...

  10. March 4, 2014

    Delta soars above bumpy weather

    Delta Air Lines shares climbed to the highest level since its emergence from bankruptcy protection seven years ago after the...

  11. February 27, 2014

    JC Penney soars on same-store success

    JC Penney soared by its biggest intraday rise on record after the retailer reported its first same-store sales growth since...

  12. February 27, 2014

    JC Penney: work in progress

    JC Penney is saying the right things. Chairman Mike Ullman on Wednesday declared the “most challenging and expensive parts”...

  13. February 26, 2014

    JC Penney sees first sales lift since 2011

    Efforts at troubled US retailer JC Penney are beginning to pay off after the company reported its first same-store sales...

  14. February 25, 2014

    Tesla hits record on electric utility hopes

    Tesla shares rocketed to a new record high after analysts at Morgan Stanley more than doubled their price target on the...

  15. February 19, 2014

    Zale: sparkling investment

    Zale looked like cubic zirconia; it was a diamond. In 2010, private equity firm Golden Gate concluded – rightly – that the...

  16. February 4, 2014

    JC Penney shares plunge on uncertainty about profitability

    JC Penney reported improved results for the holiday period, including its first quarterly sales increase since the summer of...

  17. February 4, 2014

    Gannett’s rise fails to last the course

    Rising advertising demands as the Winter Olympics begin and nearing midterm elections in the US lifted shares of Gannett in...

  18. January 15, 2014

    JC Penney unveils plan to cut 2,000 jobs and shut 33 stores

    JC Penney is to cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 underperforming stores across the US in coming months, just days after affirming...

  19. January 9, 2014

    US retail: steep competition

    America’s economy is supposed to be improving. The Federal Reserve saw enough strength and stability to begin tapering its...

  20. January 8, 2014

    US retailers move to bolster fragile investor confidence

    Macy’s, Barnes & Noble and JC Penney are making fresh efforts to bolster investor confidence in their retail businesses as...

  21. January 8, 2014

    Forest Laboratories gains on Aptalis deal

    Forest Laboratories surged 17.9 per cent to $69.30 and ranked as the S&P 500’s biggest gainer. The drugmaker, which averted...

  22. December 20, 2013

    BlackBerry swings wildly following Foxconn tie-up

    BlackBerry shares swung wildly after investors looked past a $4.4bn loss and poor sales of its new series of devices to...

  23. December 20, 2013

    Christmas shopping: Santa’s helpers

    There is panic on the high street. Just four shopping days left until Christmas and prices are being cut left, right and...

  24. December 17, 2013

    Mortgage bonds reflect diverging fortunes of US malls

    Christmas at the Highland shopping mall, in Austin, Texas, is likely to be an austere affair. Like many malls across...

  25. December 6, 2013

    JC Penney hit by SEC request on finances

    JC Penney shares suffered a setback after the US department store chain said it received a letter of inquiry from the US...

  26. November 29, 2013

    US retail stocks in focus on Black Friday

    US retail stocks were in focus as investors attempted to get an early read on the strength of the holiday shopping season,...

  27. November 22, 2013

    US holiday shopping: blue Christmas

    It’s un-American. Or perhaps quintessentially American. The official kick-off for the US holiday shopping season used to be...

  28. November 20, 2013

    JC Penney: turning on a dime

    Ahh, pennies from heaven. Shares in JC Penney rose 7 per cent, to $9, on Wednesday on signs that the troubled, mid-scale US...

  29. November 20, 2013

    JC Penney forecasts improved sales

    JC Penney, the troubled department store, continues to lose money but expects its sales to keep improving in the end-of-year...

  30. October 22, 2013

    Default fears hit JC Penney bonds

    Fears of JC Penney defaulting on its debt have escalated after worries over the department store’s future were exacerbated...

  31. October 16, 2013

    The control freak formula at Apple and Burberry

    To tour the Burberry flagship store on London’s Regent Street – with its beautifully stacked clothes, its “magic mirrors”...

  32. October 9, 2013

    Jos A Bank launches $2.3bn Men’s Wearhouse bid

    Jos A Bank gave the staid US suit market a jolt by launching a $2.3bn offer for its larger rival Men’s Wearhouse, but the...

  33. October 8, 2013

    JC Penney’s sales decline slows but default fears persist

    JC Penney sought to shore up investor confidence in its troubled retail business by reporting that the decline in its sales...

  34. October 4, 2013

    Lockheed shares hit by shutdown

    Investors’ caution on US companies that depend on revenue from the government sent the S&P 500 lower for the week, as the...

  35. October 3, 2013

    Sharp US sell-off for utilities and industrials

    A combination of weak US economic data and little indication of progress in Washington sent US equities lower, led by a...

  36. October 2, 2013

    The Social Media MBA in Practice, by Christer Holloman

    The Social Media MBA in Practice, by Christer Holloman, Wiley, £16.99/$27.95 So you have a corporate Twitter account and a...

  37. September 30, 2013

    Washington worries hit US energy stocks

    US energy stocks were part of a broad pullback on Monday as investors took guarded positions hours before a possible...

  38. September 27, 2013

    JC Penney hit by $930m move to boost liquidity

    Only hours passed between JC Penney’s announcement that its turnround strategy was humming along nicely and its disclosure...

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