Don't Fear a Strong Jobs Number

Who can blame anyone for not selling ahead of this employment number tomorrow? I am fearing a strong number -- north of 250,000 -- just like everyone else. But I am also mindful that, as I wrote earlier, we are seeing a regional boom in oil-and-gas-related companies, and the boom gives me hope that stocks can go up on better-than-expected earnings, bucking the tide that we see on our screens.

Circling back to Conn's (CONN), you have a hard-goods retailer, everything from home appliances to furniture, mattresses, television and computers, that shot the lights out with its earnings this morning, vaulting the stock up 16%. The number was so much better than expected that we have to look at a breakdown of where the stores are. So here's the rundown: 22 in Houston, 14 in Dallas, 11 in San Antonio and 11 in other cities in Texas, six stores in Louisiana, two in Oklahoma and one each in Arizona and New Mexico....434 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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