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  • 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.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

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    The preppy style is making a comeback, but before you go digging through your father's polos and grabbing your grandmother's pearls, know that this time around "picnic chic" has some new twists. From the stylings of the classic prep outlined in "True Prep"—Lisa Birnbach's updated version of the guide, "The Official Preppy Handbook"—to the "urban graduate" epitomized by Russell Simmons' Argyleculture clothing line to UrbanOutfitters' "vintage preppy" hipsters, preppy is truly an adaptive trend.

  • After years of cutting back and pinching pennies, the consumer seems to be on the rebound. Sure, the employment situation is still tough, but the economy and market are getting better overall.How do we know? Well, one sign came over the Thanksgiving holiday. , 212 million shoppers hit the stores that weekend, spending $365 each. That’s a jump of 6 percent over the previous year. As far as Cramer’s concerned, that strength, that bullishness in the retail sector means that the earnings estimates f

    Whether department stores, specialty names or apparel makers, Jim Cramer thinks the following 11 names are the best holiday retail picks.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • 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.

  • Retailers posted stronger-than-expected sales for November as shoppers spent more during the annual Black Friday event. With 22 more days to go until Christmas, what is the outlook for the sector? Peter Benedict, retail analyst at Robert W. Baird, and Charles Grom, broadline retail analyst at JPMorgan, shared their insights.

  • 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.

  • 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.