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    With Avatar opening at 12:01 am on Friday, everyone's waiting to see if the much-anticipated movie lives up to the hype, and how it performs at the box office. I got a sneak preview last week -- it certainly didn't disappoint me -- I was particularly wowed by the intricate, beautiful world James Cameron creates -- but we'll see if the live action-computer generated 3-D hybrid pulls everyone else in.

  • Shoppers stroll around at the newly decorated Christmas floor at KADEWE department store in Berlin, Germany.

    The all-important holiday shopping season is well underway and, so far, online retailers are seeing an improvement compared with last year, but stores are having trouble luring in consumers.

  • Zhu Zhu Hampsters

    When Lori Fowlkes first saw robotic Zhu Zhu Pets toy hamsters in September, she remembers her kids started jumping up and down and saying "Please! Please! Can we buy them?" Seeing a fully stocked shelf, she decided to hold off until Christmas.

  • What are the latest holiday must-have toys and how can you profit from their popularity?

  • Barbie Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll

    There is one man in Palm Beach who hasn't lost his fortune in a Ponzi scheme: Ken. For those of you who thought Barbie's boyfriend couldn't be any more emasculated, Mattel is releasing the "Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken".

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Human Genome and CIT Group popped while BB&T and Weatherford dropped.

  • Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Cytec Industries and Chevron popped while Domino’s Pizza and Las Vegas Sands dropped.

  • Stocks skidded at the open Friday as disappointing results from Bank of America and General Electric eclipsed strong results from big techs. They slid further — with the Dow down 100 points — after a report showed a surprise drop in consumer sentiment.

  • Futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street Friday, as mixed earnings from General Electric eclipsed strong results from big techs.

  • Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    Let the holiday price wars begin. Target is expected to announce that it will match toy price discounts put in place last week by rival Wal-Mart Stores.

  • Toys

    You can tell it's getting close to Christmas by the frequency of the "hot toy" lists.

  • Microsoft Windows party

    Microsoft, in its latest attempt at a campy viral marketing campaign, is trying to get everyday users to throw a "House Party" (think Tupperware party) to spread the word to their friends about the upcoming Windows 7. Yeah, never put the geeks in charge of the party.

  • Zhu Zhu Hampsters

    Although the folks at Toys 'R Us like to point out that there really is no one hot toy for every child, there certainly is a special excitment created when the buzz builds around one "must-have" toy during the Christmas holiday season. Is this year's hot toys list, a sign of things to come?

  • What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest U.S. toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out  is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters )  to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer). Click ahead to see which toys made the cut. 

    What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest US toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.

  • Toys R Us Holiday Express store

    The nation's biggest toy-store chain is placing its holiday bets — and because the stakes are high, the prices are lower.

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    This week Toys 'R Us announced it was opening new "Holiday Express" toy stores in malls and Babies 'R Us locations across the country. Although much of the buzz around this announcement focused on the "pop-up", or temporary, stores it is opening in malls as part of this effort, the space the company is dedicating to toys in its more than 260 Babies 'R Us stores shouldn't be ignored.

  • Chief Brody and squirrel

    Please submit your "Crasher Squirrel" photo with a financial theme to the blog email at the bottom for the latest "Funny Business Contest With a Pathetic Prize."

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • The Dow turned lower again in late morning trading as investors continued to digest earnings reports from a slew of top-tier companies.