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  • Stocks ended sharply higher after rallying throughout the session Thursday as an upbeat report on jobless claims and falling oil prices led investors to retrace losses from earlier in the week ahead of a key jobs report on Friday. Caterpillar and Bank of America gained.

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    Most retailers continue to omit online sales from their monthly same-store sales reports. However, several retailers have begun to include them. This move says a lot about the retail industry as well as about the maturity of the online business.

  • Stocks rallied more than 1 percent across the board Thursday, fueled by a handful of upbeat economic news and as oil prices declined amid talks of a peace plan in Libya.

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    Despite storms and rising gasoline prices, many retailers reportedly monthly sales managed to top analysts' estimates, but some warned of a weaker March due the timing of the Easter holiday.

  • Cash-strapped states combined with the rapid advancement of e-books could spell the end to the public library over the next 10 years.

  • Inflation jitters in Asia and soaring oil are shaping Thursday's market.

  • Stocks ended higher Friday, climbing just before the close to cap off the third straight week of gains in the absence of major economic news or earnings.

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    Nordstrom's decision to acquire online retailer HauteLook is just the latest example of the shake-up that is going in the designer goods market. Fashion designers are scrambling to play catch up with their online strategies now that more luxury customers are demanding it.

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    While many analysts expect holiday sales numbers to be strong, Wall Street is expecting earnings conference calls next week to serve more as inflation strategy sessions than as quarterly reviews.

  • Stocks gained Friday as investors digested the latest hike in bank reserve requirements by China’s central bank and as the G20 meeting of finance ministers began in Paris. Cisco and Caterpillar rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks added modest gains amid light volume to reach new multi-year highs after a slew of economic news, including rising inflation and strong regional manufacturing data. Coca-Cola and DuPont rose, while AmEx fell.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Feb. 17.

  • Stocks traded just off the highs of the day as the market close neared amid light volume after a slew of economic news, including rising inflation and strong regional manufacturing data. Coca-Cola and DuPont  rose, while AmEx fell.

  • Stocks held slight gains after a slew of economic news, including rising inflation and strong regional manufacturing data.  Intel rose, while AmEx fell. .

  • Stock index futures moved slightly lower after the government reported a slightly higher-than-expected gain in consumer prices before the opening bell Thursday.

  • Don't go to the Commerce Department for data on retail, Cramer said. Here's the best read on the space.

  • Women's footwear sales are on the rebound thanks to an improvement in the unemployment rate, said Brian Sozzi, equity research analyst at Wall Street Strategies.

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

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    The stock market's easy glide higher could continue in the week ahead, as its steady advance draws in fresh money. But investors will continue to watch for signs of a pullback, now that the market is up nearly 6 percent since the start of the year.

  • This is a day-by-day look into which earnings reports the "Mad Money" host is monitoring in the week ahead.