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  • 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.

  • Cramer explains why the Continent has been getting so much attention lately.

  • 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.

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

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

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

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    Standing against the backdrop of Macy's flagship store in New York City's Herald Square, President and CEO Terry Lundgren sounded optimistic about recent sales trends.

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • With 4 retail stocks hitting all-time highs ahead of Black Friday, how should you position? Click here and find out. We've updated this post with even more trades!

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

  • Where’s the fast money finding opportunity? In this regular feature Anthony Scaramucci aka The Hedge reveals his latest greatest pick!

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    Sure, there are a slew of black Friday TV commercials and you'll be inundated with glossy newspaper insert ads. But that's not all retailers are doing this year to get your attention — everyone from big box stores to boutiques is pulling out all the stops to deliver deals directly to consumers, to compel them to spend.

  • After J Crew said it's agreed to go private, investors are speculating on which retailer will be taken out next. Here's Cramer's take.

  • European stocks have closed on the lows of the day. This may help US market: European institutions should be done selling stocks and the euro...this may help lift the euro and weaken the dollar.

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

  • Shoppers leave a store on 'Black Friday' in New York City.

    A few years ago, Thanksgiving was not even considered a shopping day, as most stores are closed. But this year, retailers are driving customers to the Web with more specials than ever — door busters without the door — creating an online jump-start to the traditional Black Friday rush. The New York times reports.

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    This holiday season is setting up to be a real nail biter. Most holiday forecasts call for flat or just slightly higher sales than last year. But several factors may tip the scale. On the plus-side: there is a more upbeat mood among affluent consumers as well as a strong appetite for gadgets and electronics. On the downside: there is an uncertain economy, with unemployment stubbornly high, and a consumer who looks at spending quite differently than in the past. What will shift the balance?