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Consumers have feasted on discounts this holiday season, but it means thinner profit margins for retailers.
A shorter holiday calendar could send frenzied shoppers to physical stores for last-minute purchases, taking some sales away from e-commerce.
Some developments are so contradictory that even Jim Cramer throws his hands up in frustration.
"The names you would traditionally think of with the holidays, they've actually lagged the market," Bespoke's Paul Hickey says.
U.S. online sales are expected to hit $2 billion on "Cyber Monday," for the first time since comScore has been tracking such information.
A strong sell bias continues among company insiders across the market, as stocks breach trough historic levels.
Black Friday retail sales may have been more sizzle than steak. Traffic was up, but spending was down.
A look at the early winners and losers from the heavily discounted Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday weekend.
Sales that began Thursday continued through Friday. Many people complained about the early start, but still they went out shopping anyway.
Stay up late or sleep in? More Black Friday shoppers abandon early morning hours in favor of sleep.
U.S. stocks on Friday tallied a third month of gains.
Some of Friday's midday movers.
Despite saying it would be competitive on price this holiday, analysts said Best Buy is poised to be one of the season's winners.
Brian Nagel, Oppenheimer & Co. senior equity research analyst, discusses the catalyst for Best Buy's current stock price and whether he thinks the retailer is a strong buy now.
In the search for answers this shopping season, consumer behavior online is being tracked aggressively with help from technology.
"We look for stressed sectors toward year end," Larry McDonald says.
The deals are aplenty after retailers ordered too much holiday merchandise back when the economy was rosier.
Think of Black Friday doorbusters as a starting point. Here's how you can save even more.
The 2013 holiday shopping season may end up being remembered for its sharp discounts.
Here are a few ways to help make sure you keep your holiday spending under control this season.