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  • The close on Friday, a big earnings day, was less than stellar. Volume was poor, and two stocks were down for every one that advanced.

  • Good news for a Monday morning: stock index futures are pointing to a modestly higher open this morning, rather than what happened exactly 22 years ago today - the infamous crash of 1987. 

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    Just in time for the holidays and its upcoming 30th anniversary, a new high-tech, touch screen Rubik’s Cube hits stores shelves this weekend.

  • While the demographic for video games and action movies is basically the same, the track record for films based on games has been a pretty dismal one. For every “Tomb Raider”-sized hit, there are a handful of flops like “BloodRayne.”

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    Toy retailer Toys 'R Us has unveiled its top toy-buying trends for this holiday season. Topping the list is a focus on nostalgic playthings like hula hoops.

  • Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    Let the holiday price wars begin. Target is expected to announce that it will match toy price discounts put in place last week by rival Wal-Mart Stores.

  • U.S. consumers are still strapped, but some consumer stocks are on the rise, said Ron Sloan, senior portfolio manager at AIM Charter Fund. He shared his best consumer-related picks with CNBC.

  • Zhu Zhu Hampsters

    Although the folks at Toys 'R Us like to point out that there really is no one hot toy for every child, there certainly is a special excitment created when the buzz builds around one "must-have" toy during the Christmas holiday season. Is this year's hot toys list, a sign of things to come?

  • What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest U.S. toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out  is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters )  to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer). Click ahead to see which toys made the cut. 

    What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest US toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.

  • Toys R Us Holiday Express store

    The nation's biggest toy-store chain is placing its holiday bets — and because the stakes are high, the prices are lower.

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    Monopoly is being reinvented for the digital age as Google teams up with the board game’s producer Hasbro to make an online version.

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    Please submit your "Crasher Squirrel" photo with a financial theme to the blog email at the bottom for the latest "Funny Business Contest With a Pathetic Prize."

  • Warner Brothers

    In Hollywood when something works, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. This summer that proven trend is movies based on toys. Now Warner Bros. is trying its hand at turning the beloved Lego brand into a movie. Lego has turned down several movie ideas in the past, but now it's agreed to work with Warner Bros. which is developing a family-friendly comedy adventure, that's a mix of live action and animation set in the Lego world.

  • A late rally pushed stocks higher Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from several Dow components. The Dow logged its seventh-straight gain, the Nasdaq, it's tenth.

  • The Dow advanced Tuesday as a slew of components beat earnings expectations. But there were pockets of weakness throughout the market, including chips, hardware, banks and retail. The Nasdaq was lower.

  • The Dow bolted out of the gate Tuesday as a slew of components beat earnings expectations. But there were pockets of weakness throughout the market, including chips, hardware, banks and retail. The Nasdaq was lower.

  • Futures indicated a slightly lower open for Wall Street Tuesday ahead of a slew of earnings and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's Capitol Hill testimony.

  • Stocks rallied to the finish line Monday after a wobbly morning as a CIT deal to avert bankruptcy and strong earnings gave investors cause for optimism.

  • A strong start for stocks began to peter out Monday, though CIT continued to rally.

  • Stocks opened higher Monday as investors were cheered by news of a deal that will avoid bankruptcy for commercial lender CIT Group and a better-than-expected start the earnings season.