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  • Following are moves you might have missed.. Find out why shares of Abercrombie & Fitch popped while Foster Wheeler and InterMune dropped.

  • This is is the probably the toughest week of the year for active traders. Why? We've seen a huge increase in volatility and volume but it’s been around events so big (Greece, Spain, future of the euro) that traders have no idea — or strong opinion — on how it will play out.

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    According to a new survey by research firm ForeSee Results, satisfaction among the top 100 online retailers shifted to an all-time high 78 out of 100—a five-point increase over this time last year.

  • US Senate is voting today on the first parts of the financial reform bill. Barbara Boxer from California set to add language that no taxpayer money will be used to bail out financial institutions. Looks like the $50 billion fund set for an orderly liquidation of a failed bank is dead.

  • Just in time for Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Meeting this weekend, Warren Buffett's brand of value investing may be ready to take over for the high-risk strategy that has been in favor over the last 12 months.

  • The new reputational/political risk associated with the market in key stocks (BP, Goldman, Massey) is the biggest story of the week. A good example of the uncertainty in the trading community is a note sent out by Buckingham Research this afternoon regarding Goldman. It is titled: Litigation/Political Risk Too Difficult to Handicap...

  • The S&P 500 settled above the 1,200-mark on Wednesday's trading session, setting another key milestone for the market, and trading at its highest level since September 2008. While the bullish momentum may be well received by some, the rate of acceleration might be making others nervous. 

  • The Dow managed to close above 11,000 after some late-session turbulence but 1,200 proved just out of reach for the S&P.

  • Stocks advanced Monday and the Dow found a foothold above 11,000 as as investors were relieved that Europe reached a bailout deal for Greece but waited to see if earnings season would be as good as predicted.

  • Stocks advanced Monday and the Dow found a foothold above 11,000 as as investors were relieved that Europe reached a bailout deal for Greece but waited to see if earnings season would be as good as predicted.

  • The stock markets looked set to start the week higher, with stock index futures comfortably above fair value Monday following the euro zone’s agreement of a new aid package for Greece.

  • The Dow briefly popped above 11,000 -- the first time it's reached that mark since September 2008 -- before settling a few points below. Chevron blazed the trail, making energy one of the day's best performers. Palm surged amid takeover rumors.

  • The Dow continued rising toward 11,000 Friday as the dollar fell after a Greek official said the debt-riddled nation has not yet sought financial aid. Energy and consumer discretionary were among the best performers.

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    Premium retailers that maintained their brand equity through an era of heavy discounting will have an easier time sustaining comparable sales growth moving forward, as shoppers will be less reluctant to pay full-price for their items.

  • The S&P retail index recently hit a 52-week high after the nation’s major chain stores delivered some of the best sales results in a decade. Patrick Dunkerley, lead portfolio manager at Scout Mid Cap Fund and Patricia Edwards, CIO and retail analyst at Storehouse Partners shared their best retail plays.

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    Warm weather, an early Easter and a more confident consumer appear to have boosted retail sales in March, with many of the retailers who have reported results so far topping analysts' estimates.

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    American consumers are finally coming out of hiding. After months of penny-pinching amid the recession, new figures suggest that consumers are no longer restricting their budgets, the New York Times reported.

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    The average investor is behind the curve when it comes to the fickle world of teenage retail and should listen to the shoppers of the futures, according to Kelly Jane Robertson, the 16-year-old intern at The Investors Chronicle.

  • Option volume in the Gap is unusually bullish as its shares trade just below five-year highs.

  • If you're looking for a trading idea, you might want to check out regional banks or the retailers. Find out why!