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  • Barnes & Noble's bookstore business continues to be profitable but "the question that has to be answered" is at what point does the company's digital side turn a profit, said Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin.

  • B&N Book Sales Up, Consolidation Helping: CEO Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 12:06 PM ET
    Barnes and Nobles

    lowered its year forecast and is considering its options for its Nook e-reader, but Chief Executive William Lynch insisted book sales are up and said that the company is benefiting from consolidation in the industry.

  • Music Sales: Rising from the Ashes? Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 4:29 PM ET
    Adele

    Reports of the death of the music industry have been greatly exaggerated. After years of decline, total album sales (both physical and digital) were up 1.3 percent last year.

  • Six Ways TVs of The Future Will Become More Intelligent Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 12:19 PM ET
    A Samsung television displays Google TV enabled by the Logitech Companion Box at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology tradeshow, runs through January 9 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 126,000 attendees.

    Aside from 3D, HDTV, and color, changes in television set technology have been slow and subtle over the years, but with today’s changing tech landscape, TVs of the not-so-distant future could be intuitive, interactive devices that “watch us.”

  • Avoid Amazon — Buy These Cheaper Stocks Instead Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 3:48 PM ET
    Amazon.com

    If you want exposure to the ongoing migration from brick-and-mortar retailers and toward online retailing, it may be wiser to seek out more attractively valued names other than Amazon.com.

  • 5 Big Surprise Stock Losers of 2011 Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 3:22 PM ET

    While both professionals and do-it-yourself investors try to prognosticate the new year, we're always dealt our fair share of surprises — good and bad. Here are five stocks that turned in the biggest negative surprises for investors.

  • Gold Declines Sixth Straight Day     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 12:00 PM ET

    Breaking down the current state of the gold market as it precious metal declines for the sixth straight session today, with Rich Ilczyszyn, iiTrader founder and chief market strategist.

  • A small company has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the online giant of patent infringement, fraud and coercion.

  • Online Merchants Home in on Imbibing Consumers Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 10:52 AM ET
    Close up of someone typing on a laptop.

    Shopping while drinking has long benefited high-end specialty retailers; now the popularity of Internet sales has opened alcohol-induced buying to the masses, the New York Times reports.

  • Small Business Trends to Watch in 2012 Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 10:47 AM ET
    GOP Candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney

    Today's trends become tomorrow's realities. And while trends are intriguing to learn about for their own sake, they should abe an important component of your strategic thinking and planning for your small business as you head into 2012.

  • Netflix's Biggest (and Most Costly) Bet of 2012 Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 2:15 PM ET

    Netflix has a lot to prove in 2012, specifically how successful it can be in the U.K. and Ireland. The company, whose stock lost 70 percent of its value just in the past three months, is so confident in the future of its streaming business overseas that it is even willing to take a loss in the new year.

  • Who Isn't Eating Sears' Lunch? Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 12:26 PM ET
    Sears

    Sears Holdings' announcement that it will close between 100 and 120 locations should not really be a surprise. Since the combination of Sears and Kmart, management has focused on everything BUT the most important item: the customer. Stock buybacks and cost cutting have ruled while Target, Kohl's and Wal-Mart have focused on sprucing up stores and grabbing a larger share of the consumer wallet.

  • Apple's Stock to Fall 50% and Other 2012 Predictions Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 11:17 AM ET

    Europe's Saxo Bank has released the annual list of its 10 most outrageous predictions for 2012. The predictions include Apple's stock price getting cut in half, a dark-horse candidate getting elected as U.S. president and Australia suddenly falling into a recession.

  • A Doll of An Investment Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 6:54 AM ET
    Barbie Brio Auction

    The money to be made collecting Barbie dolls revolves around acquiring vintage dolls that are, optimally, still in the box with all their accessories. “The Barbie market and values are strong,” says one expert.

  • Around $26, I’m a Buyer of Red Hat: Adami Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 6:13 PM ET

    The Fast Pros answer more of your questions. Find out what the gang has to say about Red Hat, Starbucks, IBM and more.

  • Stocks End Mixed as Big Tech Names Drop Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 4:02 PM ET

    Stocks moved lower Wednesday as an aggressive move from the European Central Bank to stem the sovereign debt crisis raised questions about just how much more will need to be done.

  • Online Retail vs. Brick and Mortar     Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 1:12 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells has the details of online sales slowing as we inch towards the end of the holiday season from the Target.com fufillment center in Tucson.

  • Futures Down as ECB Enthusiasm Wanes Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 8:03 AM ET

    US stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street Wednesday as the European Central Bank (ECB) offered 489.2 billion euros ($643.8 billion) in an auction of three-year loans, much higher than estimated, with a total of 523 bidders.

  • The Fast Money traders expect shares of RIM to bounce as the Street digests a newly published report which says RIM has received and turned down takeover offers.

  • RIMM Turns Down Takeover Overtures     Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 5:28 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on possible suitors for RIM, including, Amazon. Also, the play on Jefferies, as shares surge more than 20% on better-than-expected earnings.