The Day Ahead: Subliminal Messages From the Retail Garden

The week has worn on my psyche, for some odd reason. If I were a stock, you would probably want to short Soz, Inc. into the weekend. Assorted notepads are strewn about the office, a majority with colored arrows branching from a center circle labeled "Da Fed." Others consist of musings on individual companies -- you know, those pesky breathing organisms that, on an earnings call, neglect to mention the Federal Reserve exists. I can already see what this weekend will hold: Yet another couple of days spent in self-hibernation, trying to decode the world.

Nonetheless, give me your hand and let's walk together to the garden that is the retail sector. We received a bunch of developments Wednesday evening from specialty-apparel retailers, and these will either go reported as being very good or very bad. Don't stay on the surface here, friends; retailers are sending the investing masses subliminal messages (or they are to me, anyway) in front of the back-to-school and holiday-selling seasons....586 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

Read the full story and get access to the Real Money Pro trading floor.

There’s no substitute for a trading floor to get great ideas, so Jim Cramer created a better one at Real Money and blogs there exclusively. We then added legendary hedge fund manager, Doug Kass, with his exclusive Daily Diary and best investing ideas. Staffed with more than 4 dozen investing pros, money managers, journalists and analysts, Real Money Pro gives you a flood of opinions, analysis and actionable trading advice found nowhere else, and allows you to interact directly with each expert.

Already a Subscriber? Please login.

Except as otherwise indicated, quotes are delayed. Quotes delayed at least 20 minutes for all exchanges. Market Data provided by Interactive Data. Company fundamental data provided by Morningstar. Earnings and ratings provided by Zacks. Mutual fund data provided by Valueline. ETF data provided by Lipper. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions.

TheStreet Ratings updates stock ratings daily. However, if no rating change occurs, the data on this page does not update. The data does update after 90 days if no rating change occurs within that time period.

IDC calculates the Market Cap for the basic symbol to include common shares only. Year-to-date mutual fund returns are calculated on a monthly basis by Value Line and posted mid-month.