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  • Stocks added to solid gains on Tuesday, pushing the Dow and S&P 500 to multi-year highs, as the market easily erased losses from Friday's sharp sell-off in the wake of turmoil in Egypt as investors focused on upbeat earnings and economic news. Pfizer and Alcoa rose, while P&G fell.

  • Shoppers on Broadway in the snow

    As a winter storm stretches across two-thirds of the US, it is worth reflecting just how bad Old Man Winter has been treating us and what impact this will have not only on retailers, but also on the economy.

  • Apple Store

    There are two events this week that underscore why many retail analysts aren't offering a full picture of the retail industry: Apple's earnings report and LivingSocial's deal with Amazon.

  • Starbucks

    The news that Starbucks is dropping the company name and the word "coffee" from its logo set off a media firestorm.

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Despite those strong sales gains, why aren’t their stocks moving much to the upside?

  • Shoppers take a break at the Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, Texas.

    Despite reporting some of the strongest sales gains in four years, retailers largely fell short of Wall Street's estimates as a still-cautious consumer spent their money carefully, and a Northeast blizzard stole from post-Christmas sales.

  • Shoppers stop to look at the newly decorated Christmas floor at KADEWE department store in Berlin, Germany.

    Heading into Thursday's batch of retail sales reports, expectations are high that retailers will report their strongest sales in four years. However, as BJ's Wholesale's report showed Wednesday, there are sure to be some misses here and there.

  • Stocks ended just below record two-year highs with solid double-digit gains for the year after a quiet New Year's eve session that ended with the major indexes narrowly mixed. Alcoa and American Express rose, while Hewlett-Packard fell.

  • Stocks turned negative in the final minutes of trading, but were on pace to end the year just below record two-year highs with solid double-digit gains for the year amid thin New Year's Eve trading. Alcoa rose, while Hewlett-Packard fell.

  • Patty Edwards of Trutina has spotted some curious insider selling at the Gap.

  • Liz Claiborne drew upside options for the second day in a row as the apparel retailer followed the rest of the sector higher this holiday shopping season.

  • Stocks traded mixed ahead in lackluster trading, although the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit new two-year highs on thin gains amid a lack of economic news. Alcoa and 3M rose, while American Express fell.

  • Stocks traded narrowly mixed amid thin trading and a lack of economic news as stocks struggled to move beyond recent highs. 3M  and Alcoa rose, while AmEx fell.

  • Though this is traditionally a slow week, there are several underlying trends to the market.

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    Cash registers are continuing to ring up big sales in the final days before Christmas, easing fears of a front-loaded holiday season.

  • Stocks slumped after opening higher as the dollar rose, but trading was light at the start of a holiday week. AmEx and Boeing sank, while BofA rose.

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    This holiday season, online sales are zooming, even as online retailers offer fewer discounts and turn picky about who shops at their sites. The New York Times reports.

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    Last-minute shoppers rejoice, you now have a shopping day all your own. A group of retailers and restaurant chains have banned together to declare Dec. 23 "Click It to Gift It" day. The event will allow shoppers to buy egift cards and receive a variety of special incentives ranging from free gifts to special discounts to charitable donations.

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    Fourth-quarter earnings per share could be artificially boosted by stock buybacks for the first time since 2007, Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at Standard & Poor’s told CNBC.com.