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    The revelation of a marketing firm that claimed to be paying writers at high-profile online outlets to insert links to its client websites has dredged up old concerns about the ethical nature of some bloggers.

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    Short interest in United States Steel is up 19 percent since late September, with one-fifth of the company's float sold short. In the past seven months, US Steel stock is down 65 percent.

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    Liz Claiborne needed to be refocused, even at the cost of selling its namesake clothing line, CEO William McComb told CNBC Friday.

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    Could it be that Apple retail chief Ron Johnson’s departure for J.C. Penney spacer was steeped as much in a peak in the performance of Apple stores as much as the opportunity he sees at the department store chain? Herb Greenberg reports.

  • Renown value investor Whitney Tilson on Tuesday laid out his best value plays.

  • Tilson's Top Trades

    Whitney Tilson, T2 Partners, lays out some of his best ideas from the Value Investing Congress.

  • Stocks lost steam in the final hour of trading Wednesday after a report that European banks may shrink to meet higher reserve targets and news that real Chinese copper demand may be lower than initially thought, but still finished higher amid optimism that Slovakian politicians reached an agreement to approve the EFSF expansion.

  • Alcoa spacer miss does not hurt the market. More evidence that Europe is what matters: euro strong, European bourses up 1 to 3 percent.

  • Futures gained Wednesday as investors shrugged off a disappointing start to earnings season after Alcoa missed forecasts and as Slovakia moved to reach a deal on expanding the EFSF rescue fund.

  • A man shops at the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the San Francisco Shopping Center in San Francisco, California.

    Amid slumping consumer confidence, shoppers remained resilient, but retailers were reporting mixed results for September.

  • Thank you, Steve Jobs! You changed my life and millions of others.

  • A giant Christmas tree stands in a shopping center in Beijing, China.

    Holiday retail sales are expected to rise 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion, the National Retail Federation predicts. This growth, while far slower than last year’s 5.2 percent gain, is slightly higher than the 10-year average holiday sales gain of 2.6%, the group said.

  • Pro traders were looking at strength in retail Wednesday, with the S&P Retail ETF up about three percent in the past five days.

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    Shares of Sears and AK Steel have seen a more than 50 percent jump in short-interest since early August.

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    Retailers are trying to coax consumers out of hiding with a new gimmick this season.

  • Christmas shoppers attend the Galeria Kaufhof warehouse in Munich, Germany.

    U.S. retailers may see more moderate sales gains this holiday season as persistently high unemployment and steeper gasoline and grocery prices prompt shoppers to think twice about spending, according to early forecasts.

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    ICircular will start appearing Monday in the mobile phone applications of the participating newspapers. It's the pilot phase of a project announced nearly a year ago by the AP, a not-for-profit cooperative owned by newspapers.

  • Stocks closed sharply higher for a fourth-consecutive session Thursday following news that major central banks across the world agreed to lend U.S. dollars to European banks, taking pressure off funding issues across European banks.

  • Retail landed back on the "Fast Money" team's radar after Deutsche Bank suggested 6 pair trades. Find out how they would play it.