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    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.

  • It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at

    From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Click to find out.

  • The Power of Storytelling - by Jim Holtje

    In his new book, “The Power of Storytelling: Captivate, Convince or Convert Any Business Audience Using Stories from Top CEOs" Jim Holtje shares the stories of those corporate legends who inspired their employees with their deeds and with their tales.

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    The issue at the heart of a heated Capitol Hill debate: how much companies should be held accountable for policing pirated material to which they might inadvertently link.

  • Moose Toys, the Australian toy company that was behind the Mighty Beanz craze several years ago, invented the Trash Pack and has sold more than 15 million “trashies” worldwide since the product hit the shelves in September. The company expects to reach $15 million in Trash Pack sales worldwide by Christmas.

  • With investors expected to stay cautious for the foreseeable future, analysts are bullish on businesses with predictable revenue streams and growth.

  • Amazon $5 Offer Story

    Insight on Amazon's new offer of $5 rebates to anyone who goes shopping at Brick & Mortar retailers, with Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray, and the Fast Money team. CNBC's Herb Greenberg also shares what's trending on Twitter now.

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    Taxi cabs get a serious challenger, Flipboard gets an iPhone app, and developers get a bigger cut of the revenues from Microsoft's upcoming app store. Let's take a look at what's driving the sector today.

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    Mobile transactions via smartphone for this company have doubled in pace and have topped 26 million since its app was launched in January. Is it Google? Visa? PayPal? Nope. Click ahead to find out which company it is.

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    Holiday Season 2011 got off to a roaring start with crowds of shoppers lining up at stores from Thanksgiving evening straight on through the morning on Black Friday, but retail executives remained cautious yet upbeat about the rest of the season.

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    Forget about the newspaper circular. If consumers are looking for Black Friday deals, chances are, they'll look where they spend a ton of time: Facebook. This year more than ever Facebook is a key tool for retailers to connect with shoppers. And this year big brands aren't just trying to get fans to buy, they're trying to spread their message to fans *friends* -- to leverage the site for the power of its networks.

  • Amazon Kindle Fire Strategy Working?

    Amazon is taking on Apple with the new Kindle Fire. Will it eat into iPad ales for the holidays? The Kindle Fire at $199 is an attractive price point, says Colin Gillis, BGC Partners.

  • Storage Wars

    A new bargain-hunting culture has emerged, where Americans of all incomes look for antiques  in pawn shops and flea markets — even their own attics and basements.

  • Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO

    “I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to turn this around, but we have some real headwinds going into 2012, and that’s why I felt it was prudent to guide conservatively and lay out for the investor community the challenges that this company is facing," Meg Whitman, president and CEO of HP, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Hewlett Packard

    The computer company delivered higher-than expected earnings and revenue on Monday, sending its shares higher in after-hours trading.

  • Winners Karishma Shah (L) and Sushanth Bhaskarabhatla.

    And the winner of the "Movers & Changers" national student entrepreneur competition is...a new website called Skillhub.com , the brainchild of two students who both happened to intern at Google.

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    While campaign and presidential mementos may be only a hobby for some, they also represent a real investment for many political junkies and even for those not drawn by political sentiment.

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    Moibile payment companies such as Square are creating new opportunities for small businesses. The field is growing rapidly, as players such as Google get into the mix.

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    Sanford C. Bernstein initiated coverage of the Internet sector and picked Google and Amazon as two stocks with "sustainable competitive advantages and strong growth potential" in a research report released on Friday.

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    On Saturday, No. 1 LSU will play at No. 2 Alabama and the secondary ticket prices for this SEC bragging rights battle are sky high.