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  • Stocks closed mixed amid thin holiday trading after a couple lackluster economic reports on housing and consumer confidence. Chevron and HP rose, while American Express fell.

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  • Stocks declined modestly amid thin holiday trading and after a couple lackluster economic reports as the Northeast recovered from a huge snowstorm. Caterpillar and Disney fell, while Bank of America rose.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Monday's Squawk on the Street.

  • A rare Patek Philippe 18 karat pink gold watch is displayed 11 May 2007 during a preview in Geneva.

    After a rough 2009 that saw the demise of several stores, jewelry merchants have emerged as the shining star of the retail sector this holiday, with chains from tony Tiffany to mass-market Sterling Jewelers posting robust sales gains.

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    This holiday season, consumers are beginning to shop and make purchases on their mobile phones. The shift from buying presents in front of the computer at home or work to doing it during bus commutes or while standing in line at cafes is small, but, for the first time, noticeable and even significant.  Tthe New York Times reports.

  • Brian Sozzi

    He's got his list. And, he's checking it twice. He's not Santa. He's not on a buying spree. Wall Street Strategies Retail Analyst Brian Sozzi has been surfing the malls in and around the New York City metropolitan area. Sozzi, who is rated five stars by Starmine for accuracy, has been doing this every weekend this season.

  • Here's our tax cut rally. The key point isn't that the tax cuts were extended, it's that the total package is more comprehensive than anyone expected.

  • JC Penney

    In order to attract those precious holiday shopping dollars, JCPenney has worked to satisfy the consumer’s appetite for lower-priced, but fashion forward merchandise, according to chairman and CEO, Mike Ullman.

  • Stocks rallied for second consecutive day following upbeat economic reports that revived hopes of a stronger U.S. economy and news the European Central Bank was buying euro zone debt. Home Depot and Alcoa rose, while Kraft fell.

  • Stocks continued their December rally Thursday, led by banks and homebuilders, following a handful of positive economic reports that revived hopes of a stronger U.S. economy and news the European Central Bank was buying euro zone debt.  Home Depot and Alcoa rose, while Cisco fell.

  • Stocks gained after a surprisingly upbeat report from the housing market and as a stream of stronger-than-expected retail sales reports signaled a bright start to the holiday season. Bank of America and Home Depot rose.

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

    November's monthly sales reports showed there were plenty of reasons for retailers to be merry as the critical holiday shopping season got underway.

  • S&P futures had dropped a point or so as initial jobless claims for the week came in a bit heavier than expectations, 436,000 vs. 422,000 consensus. Prior week was revised upward to 410,000, from 407,000. Also: good news, nad news for retail.

  • U.S. futures fluctuated after a unexpected rise jobless claims, and news that the European Central Bank would not be increasing its government bond purchases. But the market gained some support from stronger-than-expected retail sales reports. . 

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    Monthly sales reports from retailers in November are expected to be strong, fueled by early holiday promotions and strong sales over the Thanksgiving weekend. A breakdown of the expected results.

  • Stocks struggled to end in positive territory but ended down as sovereign debt concerns in the euro zone kept a check on gains throughout the session. News that the Obama administration will work with Republicans on the tax dispute gave a brief lift to stocks. BofA and Procter & Gamble fell.

  • Stocks lost ground in the final minutes of trading after moving higher in the wake of news that the Obama administration will work with Republicans on the tax dispute. Rising worries over sovereign debt concerns in the euro zone kept a check on gains throughout the session. BofA and Procter & Gamble fell.

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    First Black Friday became a whole weekend of deals, now it looks like it's Cyber Monday all week. Several retailers have announced extensions of their Cyber Monday discounts into Tuesday or for the entire week.

  • Of these four top retail names, here's why Cramer likes this one the best.